I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2011.
Interview Details – Clear communication about the process but long and many interviews with plenty of people. Decision making about the hiring is not always clear (who decides etc)
Interview Question – Regular interview about former experiences Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation about perks, base salary
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2012.
Interview Details – I take the interview in London office, but the hiring team is from (windows phone)Redmond and Skype, I had a telephone interview at first and soon after 1 week, I was invited to the on-site interview.
I went there at morning at 8, and I had 4 turns of interview, the first 3 is similar with 3 different team leader at MS, two of them were from Test and one from development, I was asking some project experience in every turn and some testing question in 2 test interviews. Write code in whiteboard is required in all 3 turns, which were not very difficult. The last one was to see my coding skills and let me code on the computer about the stack.
Interview Question – How to test a telephone exchange server?
How to test a sensor on the bicycle?
How to design a traffic prediction sensor on the cross? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2009.
Interview Details – First round of interviews - five interview sessions with individuals in back to back meetings in the same office, an hour for each interview, all looking to check on certain areas of the job profile, personality and skill set.
Second round – presentation on an industry matter for a hour with questions to a group of 5 people from within the organization.
Third round – senior management in two sessoins, phone and face to face meeting sesssoins.
Interview Question – Presentation on the future of advertising - 30min to present, 20 min questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Long!!
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2008.
Interview Details – Phone interview
Series of 1:1 interviews in one day
Final 1:1 interviews
Interview Question – How would you work out how many queries on Bing are related to Music and Entertainment? View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – Take it or leave it
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2008.
Interview Details – initially a phone interview with technical questions to get an idea of the level of knowledge. quite general questions with short answers. what port does DNS run on?, how can you host multiple websites on a server?...etc.
a few days later i was called in for a face to face with 2 managers. approx 90 minutes of a mixture of techncal questions going into more detail than the previous telephone interview and then some general questions about hobbies and interests and technology.
at one point they asked me how i would solve a problem that was difficult and how what steps i would take to find an answer. i replied i would use technet, check microsoft forums, or get the error and "just google it" and see what comes back. when i utterred the work google their expressions actually turned to scowls. i tried to laugh it off but it didn't work. we carried on but the mood had changed and i knew from then i wouldn't be getting called back. it was like i had sworn or used a racist profanity. the interview ended quite quickly soon after.
it appears that they genuinely hate google. they are not merely a competitor or rival. they actually hate them. i can still see that look on their faces when i said it. its a good thing i didn't forget to put my iphone on silent or they would have called security to march me out of the building there and then if that had gone off.
TOP TIP for an interview at microsoft. do not mention google, apple, vmware, citrix, SAP, linux, java, Sun, playsations, iphone, ipod, oracle, yahoo, or any company involved in any sector that microsoft operates in or plans to operate in.
Interview Question – what do you see are some of the most important new technologies emerging?. View Answer
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