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Microsoft Director Interview Questions

Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014
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Director Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2012.

Interview Details

The interview process at Microsoft is often long and convoluted. Be prepared for it. If you make it through screening then you'll be put in an 'interview loop'. These loops differ in length. For a marketing role you'll have a day of scheduled interviews. If the feedback is positive from those interviews then you will be put forward for a final interview with the AA or As Appropriate. They don't tell you this ahead of time so be prepared.

Interview Questions
  • None come to mind outside the usual interview questions.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
Microsoft has set bands for each level, there wasn't much wiggle room in the negotiation.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Pre-call and then in-person interviews. The people seemed to have redundant questions as if they had not coordinated and planned ahead. I wish they had talked to one another first, so that they could each test for a different competency. A lot of the interview was for "fit," which basically means they would take you but need to make sure everyone would get along.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It was an internal transfer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Poorly managed by HR and recruiting. Very spotty and subjective. No sense of conducting a productive interview process. Poorly managed by HR. Went through 24 interviews before getting the job.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Expect multiple rounds. Initially informational. Then with Hiring Manager. If he/she is no-go you're done. If Hiring Manager believes you're a qualified candidate, then he/she will bring you in for a "loop" with 5-7 people. The last person is the partner/manager who has to "sign off" on your hire.

    Note, Microsoft will almost always bring 3 people through on a loop. Best case scenario, you have a 1/3 chance of getting the job if you make it through the loop.

    If you don't make it to the end of the loop - e.g. the "partner/manager is suddenly unavailable and called into a meeting" - then you're out. The loop participants decided it wasn't worth the partner/manager time to spend with you. You got a thumbs down.

    Interview Questions
    • If you're not ready to answer tough questions, then don't expect a job at Microsoft. Do your research on the interviewers, know the competition, and have opinions (but be open to others feedback)   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiate up another level. Levels are super hard to move once inside Microsoft. Thus, better to move up a level, than to get more pay.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency – 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 Questions
    • Questions are not designed to trick or test. But to understand candidates qualities, values and fit to working environment and role requirement.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in July 2009.

    Interview Details

    Excellent Hiring Process for me when I interviewed to get the job.

    Interview Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    amazing - focus on problem solving

    Interview Questions
    • create a garden implement that changes the world - whiteboard the product development and GTM strategy   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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