I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2010.
Interview Details – The interview process was long, spanning several months. Overall, Microsoft was communicative and helpful throughout the process. I submitted online, then was contacted to submit a more detailed questionnaire over mail. Then I met with a recruiter in the NYC area, then had a fly-out to Redmond. The offer was delivered through e-mail with a follow-up call from the recruiter.
Interview Question – How many fish are in the ocean? View Answer
I applied in-person and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in July 2009.
Interview Details – Excellent Hiring Process for me when I interviewed to get the job.
Interview Question – Between Loyalty and Delivery.. what would I choose and why? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Quick and easy.. Didn't get all what I wanted but got a great deal.
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – amazing - focus on problem solving
Interview Question – create a garden implement that changes the world - whiteboard the product development and GTM strategy Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2012.
Interview Details – I had 15 Lync interviews and never met a person until I flew to Seattle and met the hiring manager. It was bizarre!
Negotiation Details – The salary was misrepresented by the HR person, I think they didn't understand variable comp
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2010.
Interview Details – Process was good with the exception they lied on the job title and empowerment of the role being offered.
Negotiation Details – Headhunter took care of it. I regret it.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2013.
Interview Details – Standard 5 interviewers + 1 optional "As Advised" final interview with a Senior VP.
The 5 interviews were with the hiring manager, 1 person from his team, 1 senior HR Director, 2 internal customers.
All interview questions were behavioral and focused on past experiences listed in the resume. no stress questions, no case questions, and no "prove you know your technical stuff" questions. Probably the toughest questions were with the SVP who poked a bit deeper into why they should hire me than i'd expected.
Interview Question – The follow-up question to "describe your top two biggest failures" was "how did you manage your role/job to recover from those failures" Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Microsoft in September 2010.
Interview Details – Phone screenings and then a round robin set of interviews with 4-6 interviewers.
Interview Question – Discussion about Past failures Answer Question
Negotiation Details – some flexibility but not a ton.
I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – Rigorous process involving 4-5 interview depends on job role. Pretty straight forward. Strengths of work experience qualifies you to be considered for interview. The interview process validate your domain expertise , work style and cultural fit.
Interview Question – Questions are not designed to trick or test. But to understand candidates qualities, values and fit to working environment and role requirement. Answer Question
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in March 2010.
Interview Details – Several screen interviews ranging from 30 mins to an hour each. Requested many examples of how successfully influenced others. Some situational questions such as "if you had to sell xx type of idea, how would you approach it". Ended with a "loop" of about six interviews in Redmond. Move from one person to another, meeting in their offices. They were communicating with each other after each interview. Seemed that each had a particular focus area, perhaps probing again in areas you may have not answered as well in previous interviews. Must be prepared with actual relevant examples to make your points when answering questions. Recommend you spend significant time preparing by recalling situations that would be valuable to cite during your discussions. Staffing rep called a couple days later with the good news and that an offer would be forthcoming.
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