Interviewed at Microsoft
Interview Details – I had three round of interviews. The first round is mainly for checking personal history, personality, and so on. The second round is to check how is your english and how fast you can respond. Or in other words, how smart you are. Then the third round is case study. We first talked about Microsoft, then say, if MS is going to open another center, how many floors does their new building need.
Interview Question – if MS is going to open another center, how many floors does their new building need. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.
Interview Details – I had 4 hour long interviews with one being over lunch. None of the interviews were very technical as the PM position is not very technical. The asked questions which made you think and allowed them to see how you think. They don't care what your answer is they just want to see how you react to them asking you certain questions and how you handle when they challenge your answer
Interview Question – not a difficult question but its the question everyone asked. They want to know how passionate you are about technology and Microsoft especially so everyone asks "Why Microsoft" and "Why do you want to get into technology?" Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – Need to be good in computer fundamentals
Interview Question – Do you know this question early? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – You need to good at negotiation.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter a few days before a Career Conference by email asking for an interview offer at the career conference. They asked me to apply online as well to the positions they would be interviewing me for. They asked me to come as in clothes i felt comfortable and at the interview booth, the interviewer was dressed down and was really relaxed. He was a manager for the position i was interviewing for, so this served more as technical interview to see if the candidate knew their technical info. He was very thorough and put me in a lot of real life scenarios of the job to see how I would answer as well as to see my thinking process.
Interview Question – If you were a food, what food would you be? View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – Sent in my resume for an internship interview and they got back to me really quickly. Overall, the interview took about 40 minutes and they said they'll get back to me in about 2 weeks. (hasn't been 2 weeks yet)
Interview Question – How would you redesign windows 8? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details –
- Applied online
- Contacted by recruiter via email
- Phone interview (Recruiter) to filter out candidates
- Recruiter scheduled a series of in-person interviews with six people
- Six in-person interviews scheduled, with the last two being the hiring manager and the General Manager
- After my final interview, the recruiter contacted me and said I received a "thumbs up" from all of the interviewers
Interview Question – What was the most ambiguous situation you've experienced on the job? How were you able to find a resolution? (Didn't find the questions tough. I actually went in prepared for a "how to move a mountain" type question) Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.
Interview Details –
Had a number of discussions with HR recruiters, followed by a two phone screens (one position I declined on the screen right away) and the second phone screen resulting in on-campus interviews for two positions. Scheduled for 6-one hours interviews + lunch with a co-worker. However, one of the two jobs got filled before my interview so I ended up speaking with just one group, 5-one hour interviews + lunch session (fairly standard MS procedure).
Every one was really good to talk to. No need to fake anything. Be honest. Say you don't know to things you don't know or can't remember on the spot. Ask questions. Be social. The people you speak to are going to be your peers and mentors so they need to feel a sense of comfort with you too. You need to show your willingness to learn and being open to their ideas and suggestions.
Don't make the mistake that I made -- stayed up for 26 hours before catching 3 hours of sleep and then going into the interview. By the end of the day, you are so numb and brain dead.
Get plenty of sleep, light breakfast. For some reason, every interview asked me if I need to use the rest room before and after every session...
Anyway, good to place to work, great overall interview experience minus the one hiccup about the job being filled after I was invited to interview for the role.
Interview Question – A couple of open ended questions on designing a set of classes for a given problem, another question on some binary math-magic...was taking me a while to understand this, but that was probably due to the lack of sleep... next morning, i woke up with a light bulb hanging over my head and a clear answer/solution. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Had a competing offer that match my career goals a bit more closely.
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.
Interview Details – Submitted my application in late december 2012. Got call from the recruiter in late January 2013. One phone interview discussing some background and technical questions. Then went to redmond for a one-day onsite interview, and had four interviews, all technical about algorithms and data structures with some followup testing questions.
Interview Question – Data structure questions Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.
Interview Details – I passed the phone interview and went to Seattle for on-site. Algorithm questions are not hard, and can all be found here in the posts of other glassdoor users who have interviewed with Microsoft. The also asked me for some detailed questions, like "what is the STL version I am using for C++ and its details", "what is your experiences with STL boost", "When you using a receiving buffer of size 500 bytes to get data from a socket, what would happen if all the data send each time is 1000 bytes, 500 bytes, and 300 bytes". I did not give good answer to them because I have not done development coding for a while during my graduate study, and hence got rejected.
Interview Question – "what is the STL version I am using for C++ and its details", "what is your experiences with STL boost", "When you using a receiving buffer of size 500 bytes to get data from a socket, what would happen if all the data send each time is 1000 bytes, 500 bytes, and 300 bytes", etc.. Answer Question
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