I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – I was an FTE for several years and now an external doing an informational interview. Pretty sad and disappointing to know the process is so broken. Had heard negative stories from others but didn't believe it until I became an external again. They simply do_not respond to you if they aren't moving forward with you. Not even a courtesy email. I wish they put some feedback process in place to check on these vendors-recruiters' work. They leave bad impression, which is totally against their hiring principles.
Interview Question – Your stack rank in record. Answer Question
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Microsoft in March 2014.
Interview Details – The interview process was a great experience. My initial interview was an on campus interview where we discussed some of the information on my resume as well as the infamous why Microsoft question. We touched a little on coding, basic algorithm and implementation stuff followed by some design talk which is where I think I did the best. The following day I received an email saying I was scheduled to be flown out to Washington for final round interviews. I was asked to provide several options for interviews. My initial onsite interview was cancelled due to a conflict and had to be rescheduled. Over the next few days I was asked to correspond with Microsoft Staffing to reschedule. My interview was then moved to the following week. Microsoft put me up in a really nice hotel and offered me a stipend for food while I was there. On my interview day I met with a recruiter who gave me an overview of what to expect throughout the day. She then placed me on a shuttle to my first interview. I had a series of 4 interviews the last 2 significantly better than the first 2. After completing all of my interviews I was taking back to where I had began the day where I received a parting gift. A few days later I received the email that I would not be getting the offer. The overall experience was really good though no complaints.
Interview Question – I struggle with a technical question during my first interview that asked something along the lines how would you create and implement database that deals with multiple servers? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – Did the interview process for my internship, got an offer, did my internship, and got an offer to join as FTE at the end. The process was clear but dealing with HR folks has been quite cumbersome. Way too many people in the HR process!
Interview Question – Since I was interviewing for a Program Manager role, all the questions rotated around software development management (read the "Mythical Man Month" book!), explaining products that I like and don't like (why I like it, why I don't, how I would change, what is good, etc). People were very nice and the interviewing process was very pleasant.
Communication and social skills are a must for PMs, so if you like to work alone in front of your computer, that's not for you. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Since I was coming straight from the internship and college, the HR didn't want to negotiate. I insisted and talked with my hiring manager...doubled my hiring bonus! Don't be shy!
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2010.
Interview Details – Takes a while to get the process started, but they will pay for your travel to HQ and take care of you while you're there. Interviews are generally a series with up to 5-6 people on the team you're interviewing for (not just other PMs) and are not centralized.
Questions are a mix of design and technical questions, to see how well you'd work with engineers on the team. PMs are generally very creative and energetic people, so these interviews are usually quite fun.
Interview Question – Write a basic spell checker function that checks strings for typos against a dictionary. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation is close to impossible if you're coming straight from college.
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2011.
Interview Details – Was already Contracting for the same team so was very different. As I knew the role in and Out
I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – -Lots of people to meet with, sometimes feels more like a formality than actually working with them
-Questions are somewhat random, coming across as "just because we can ask you"
Interview Question – -Brain teasers View Answer
Negotiation Details – Somewhat flexible on base salary and signing bonus
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2012.
Interview Details – I had 3 interviews, one was by phone one at my university and the third was on-site
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected, all the questions were experience related. I had 6 interviews and thought I got the job. But then I dont know what happened. and I got declined Answer Question
Interviewed at Microsoft
Interview Details – Two rounds interview, first is 30 minutes campus interview and then informed for a onsite interview in Redmond after two weeks. Questions were related to the resume and past experience, not too hard.
Interview Question – General question Answer Question
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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2013.
Interview Details – The hiring and interview process were top notch. Each interviewer I encountered was very knowledgeable and challenged my abilities. Also, my recruiters were all extremely helpful in providing me with additional resources to help me prepare for the interviews. I cannot say enough positive things about the experience I had.
Interview Question – None of the questions that I encountered were out of the ordinary but all were very challenging and required a variety of skills to complete (data structure knowledge, customer apathy, etc.) Answer Question
Interviewed at Microsoft
Interview Details – The interview was reasonably good. The interviewer first asked some details about me. Then, he proceeded with a design question. The question was design an alarm clock for a laptop. And that was all the interview.
Interview Question – There were no unexpected questions in the interview. Answer Question
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