Microsoft Sales Manager Interview Questions

Updated Nov 29, 2014
Updated Nov 29, 2014
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Sales Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Anonymous Employee
Application Details

I applied in-person – interviewed at Microsoft in January 2013.

Interview Details

Interview process included applying for position, submitting resume, phone interviews and then being brought in for personal interviews if you made the 'short list'. As a candidate for the position you can tell by the questions being asked what the focus was for each inter

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No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Starting with Several long phone interviews I finally was invited onsite for two days of interviewing with local management. The conversation appeared very one-sided; focusing on my knowledge of the mobile computing marketplace especially as it related to the Insurance Industry. Microsoft appeared to be very slow coming out of the start gate with no clear direction.

    Interview Questions
    • We spent an unusual amount of time discussing particular leadership in the major players in the Insurance Industry in the Midwest.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in December 2008.

    Interview Details

    The staff at MSFT is very helpful. The management genuinly seem like good people. I would seriously consider working for them if they made me an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview was informal. I do not recall any of the questions...   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2008.

    Interview Details

    Usually a 2-4 week process. They will screen you with 1-2 recruiters. This leads to a finals day. On finals day you will likely be up against 3-5 others. You will be up against at least 1-3 internal candidates. Bring a business plan of your own for 30-60-90 days and really research the role. Mirosoft people are generally nice. Use your neywork. Talk to them and find a sponsor. Have your sponsr reach out to the hiring manager. This goes a long way. Be prepared on interview day.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were standing on a global stage and were asked what achievement your are most proud of during your lifetime, what would you say? - Explain?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There isn't a lot of negotiation. Go in asking for what you want and be happy if you get it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    - Cool calling by Microsoft Telesales (they are contract staffs).
    - They will walk thru with you on the role, and ask you some questions about your past experience before shortlisting you for the face-to-face interview.
    - They have group-based interview, where all the interviewees gathered to do presentation, do group exercise (they are testing your teamwork, if you are a leader, if you are outspoken and outstanding)
    - Then if you are in the top few, you will have the 2nd round interviews. If only this batch does not fit, they may extend the remaining for the 2nd interviews.
    - The 2nd interviews is done through the phones by the shared-services group lead.
    - If you passed that, 3rd interviews are done by the hiring manager and also some Senior Sales Manager.
    - if you passed that, 4th interviews will be by the supporting group like Product Marketing lead, Partner Alliance Lead, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Not a fair practice. In the initial group interviews/observation, they are some candidates already working in Microsoft as intern, or contract staffs. In that case, they already know some interviewers, and they know the culture and the products. Of course, they have the upper hand to perform better. This is not a fair interview.

      Apart from that, generally the questions are pretty standard and not hard.
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. They offer higher than expected.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    arranged first assessment thru a group presentation.
    80% of the interviewee are internal micrsoft - either intern or contract (this is ridiculous)
    shortlisted a few after the assessment.
    dont even have the chance to know individual and asked to go (some with years of experience!)
    this is total waste of time!

    Interview Questions
    • given a scenario to present the value proposition and why the management should select your logo designed for them   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    few step with first mailing and then skype and finally interview face to face. I went through a 6 months processs with several back and fourth.
    HR very friendly but very competitive industry since it is a very well established company. Salary very attractive with a very good work environment.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process for managing positions include at least 3 interviews: the hiring manager, HR and the GM. They are trying to understand the candidate adjustment to the culture, the technology and the business KPI. A small preference to women.

    Interview Questions
    • What are the hidden agenda of coming to MS ? How impact your family on your business decisions ?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is a firm definitions of salary, the only place to negotiate is stocks.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    The process was straightforward. HR would make sure that you have internal manager's approval to apply for a job meeting the minimum requirements, and a successor in place. HR setup the interviews with the respective parties.

    HR was unaware that some managers do share their schedules to everyone in the company, thus it was not confidential when they were interviewing for candidates as everyone had access to the manager's calendar.

    Interview Questions
    • What value can you add to grow the business and how would you do it differently?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Was not given room to negotiate, just what was stated and offered. It was more like take it or leave it type of offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    Internal interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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