I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.
Interview Details – Conduct several informational interviews, not just with hiring manager. Formal application. Screening by recruiters - twice. Hiring manager interview - twice. Panel of one-on-one interviews. Panel was well coordinated on who focuses on what. Panel also communicates between interviews to adjust focus as you go from one to the next. After the final interview, if you are favored, an senior person interviews "as appropriate." They look for cultural fit, etc.
Interview Question – All questions were very reasonable, applicable to the job. No trick questions. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2013.
Interview Details – Informational, followed by a loop of six people.
Interview Question – What will you find most challenging about this job? Answer Question
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