Microsoft Marketing Director Interview Questions

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Director Marketing Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview

The process starts with "informational" interviews where you are vetted, either by HR or the hiring manager. If you are chosen as a finalist you will go through an "interview loop" with a half dozen or so people. If the hiring manager is on top of it, he/she will have a strategy where each of the interviewers is asked to explore (aka: drill down) on a particular area of expertise, as well as a specific core value. (This is the company core values, such as integrity, transparency, etc..) They will ask for examples of how you've dealt with different situations, including examples of things that did not go well and how you responded. They will ask about strengths and weaknesses. They are usually prepared and in the majority of cases are friendly (and many are as nervous as you are). It's more important to demonstrate how you think than what you actually did. Do your homework and be prepared. After each interview, the interviewer is supposed to post their "hire" or "no hire" recommendation for the rest of the upcoming interviewers, with comments to explain your rating, as well as instructions for the next interviewer, e.g. "drill down on the candidate's experience with people development and collaboration skills". People are inconsistent in this process and so you won't know if the next interviewer did or did not see comments from the prior interview. Assume they did and if there's something you want to clarify that you thought didn't go well, do it. E.g. "I would like to clarify my comments to the prior interviewer regarding my experience with ABC. In addition to 1, and 2, I also did 3 and 4 which may have more relevance to this role." There is always the "as appropriate" interview which generally is the GM or VP (depending on the level you're interviewing for) whose valuable time isn't given to candidates that are not likely to make the cut. If you get the "as appropriate" interview, you're doing well!

Interview Questions

  • Unexpected: "When you look at your core circle of friends, are they from school, work, organizations, or other activity?" I'm really not sure if they were allowed to ask this, but I was certainly not prepared for such a question.   Answer Question

Negotiation

You can negotiate within parameters. There will be a salary range and you can explore the top level. Signing bonuses are available, ask for it. Remember to negotiate vacation for senior level positions. Discuss what "level" the position is and cover the criteria for the next level to see if you're actually there and could be bumped a level at the outset, or add a clause to get an interim level-bump after six months (if the annual review period is further away).

Other Interview Reviews for Microsoft

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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Eight calls over six weeks with recruiter and hiring manager. One day of interviews with six people in Redmond. Offer made same day.

    Interview Questions

    • None - to be honest despite a large number of people the questions were straightforward   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Negotiated salary up a little and stock up a little. NOTE - decline the relocation - tax implications are so bad and fees are so padded you are actually better off paying for it yourself.

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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in August 2009.

    Interview

    Microsoft is very thorough and has a lot of hiring experience. They added over 50,000 employees in 2000-2010, and even though recently they have had lay-offs they are still hiring. I found the process to be pretty straight-forward and clear. They are, of course, a big company. So sometimes the communication can break down. For example, recruiters are reassigned due to re-orgs and applications get dropped. This is normal, you just have to stay on top of it. You need to bring your A-game into the interviews and be very prepared, knowing all the details about the group and company. Even if you think you've done your homework, keep going. You've probably not uncovered all the minute details that affect your interviewer. Overall, a great company with a solid recruiting team.

    Interview Questions

    • You've recently joined a business group that is struggling to deliver an online service. The product team says everything looks good and doesn't know why the service is failing. You have two weeks to figure it out. What do you do?   1 Answer
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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2009.

    Interview

    Process was very straightforward with them scheduling a series of 6 one hour interviews. Each interviewer drilled into a particular topic and is was clear that the earlier interviewers were giving the later ones areas to probe. After the interview, the process of getting to an offer took a couple weeks. They had another candidate they preferred and did keep me hanging while they tried to close this person first.

    Interview Questions

    • Why would you want this job when it is in an area where Microsoft has a poor track record of success?   2 Answers
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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2008.

    Interview

    Straightforward and unexpectedly easy. 4 interviewers with one "as appropriate" at the end. All packed into one day. I received my offer the next day.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing stands out as difficult . . . typical questions included what failures have you had, examples of dealing with complexity and ambiguity, scenario-based questions, strengths and development areas. Best question was "what do you stand for?"   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Yes, I was able to secure much more stock than originally offered.

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2008.

    Interview

    First round is with 3 individuals who can then vote 'no' and then no further interviews are conducted.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had to sell a new TV model to the world, what is your market size by geography? To determine this #, I had to know the approximate population of the world in each region (Asia, North America, Europe, India, etc). I barely could recall the population of the world at that time! (I've since committed it to memory) ;-)   Answer Question
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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in January 2008.

    Interview

    The gateway is usually a recruiter then the hiring manager. Afterwards there is a loop with 4-5 people. Each usually has a different role in the evaluation.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I took what they gave me. It was above and beyond what I'd ever earned.

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