Microsoft Market manager Interview Questions

Updated Jun 22, 2015
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Marketing Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

Interview

- Applied online - Contacted by recruiter via email - Phone interview (Recruiter) to filter out candidates - Recruiter scheduled a series of in-person interviews with six people - Six in-person interviews scheduled, with the last two being the hiring manager and the General Manager - After my final interview, the recruiter contacted me and said I received a "thumbs up" from all of the interviewers

Interview Questions

  • What was the most ambiguous situation you've experienced on the job? How were you able to find a resolution? (Didn't find the questions tough. I actually went in prepared for a "how to move a mountain" type question)   1 Answer

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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Quick interview with recruiter from outsourced company. She had little understanding of the position she was interviewing me for and just ran down a checklist of requirements. I never heard back, the only requirement I did not meet was years experience.

    Interview Questions

    • How many years of experience do you have?   2 Answers
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    7 interviews with 5 marketing managers, 1 director, and a GM. Each interview was 60 minutes. Questions varied significantly with some based on fit and others experience and skills. Interviews were direct and open. The role had many stakeholders and all were involved in the loop. It's critics to have subject matter expertise and examples of past programs.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your best day ever at work?   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    Direct with experience level being key to setting the role and compensation.

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    Marketing Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    The first step was applying online, after which point about 2 weeks passed before I was contacted by a recruiter requesting a first phone interview. The first contact via phone was with the recruiter herself, which lasted roughly a half hour and was very high-level, general interest and experience questions. After the initial interview via phone, I was contacted roughly one week later requesting a single phone interview with the hiring manager. The hiring manager phone interview was then scheduled about 1 week later, and in between the recruiter was quite adequate at contacting me and answering questions. The hiring manager phone interview was very much like the recruiter phone interview with some technical questions but more intensive and formal overall. I was contacted a couple days after the hiring manager phone interview with news that the team was interested in having me come in. The soonest available date was about 2 weeks out, so I had some time in between where I did not hear much from the team at Microsoft. Finally, I was sent a packet of information via email to fill out before the in-person interview, and was given instructions. The day of the interview was quite grueling. I met with 5 different people not including the recruiter, and each person seemed to test/focus on a different facet of my experience, skills, or personality. The first person I really clicked with: we talked over lunch about my experience, why I was interested in the role, and what I thought I could bring to the team. The second person was much more technical and asked specific task questions including abstract ideas and problem solving cases that might come up in the role I was applying for. This was the most difficult interviewer by far! The third person was a younger manager on the team, and he asked some experience questions and questions seeming to aim at personality traits as well as some technical questions - however, nowhere near as technical as the second person. The final person in the loop was brought in at the last minute and she was a senior manager on the same team. This person did not take notes or have a schedule to her interview, but asked difficult questions and was kind of 'cold' in general. Looking back, I am glad I had the experience to interview, but I do understand why I did not get the job. At Microsoft, it is not enough to be a fast learner, you really need to be able to hit the ground running and if you do not fit the role 100% you will not get an offer. I had probably a 90% fit and they did not want to waste time ramping me up on the final 10%.

    Interview Questions

    • If I were to give you $5 billion to run media online for Hotmail, how and where would you spend it and why? In this scenario, you are trying to reach 5 billion acquisitions (meaning a CPA of $1).   Answer Question
    • I want to justify changing the format of a particular display ad on MSN Messenger. Do you think this change of creative is a good idea? Why or why not? How would you go about measuring the success, or lackthereof, of this change?   Answer Question
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Interviewed with a Senior Product Manager, casual interviewer, but serious about your answers

    Interview Questions

    • tell me about a marketing campaign that you like.   1 Answer
    • why Microsoft? How would you introduce/market a product to compete against the product you mentioned (in question above)?   Answer Question
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Really odd process - it just very randomly and suddenly ended with no warning. I was basically left in the reception area without further instructions. I asked the receptionist what to do and she didn't know anything. I sat there for a while, hoping the recruiter would return or call me (or anything). Nothing happened and I never received replies to my email asking what had happened.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for Microsoft?   1 Answer
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Interviewed at career fair with hiring manager. I was forwarded to the hr department of the group I would be hired into. After being introduced I had a brief call with the hr person. I believe this was a personality screening. I then interviewed with the hiring manager. The process went cold after that. I would like a "No" at least.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your history   1 Answer
    • How would you describe you work ethic   1 Answer
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Kansas City, MO) in July 2010.

    Interview

    I spoke with the hiring manager, after the previous 5 techies that HR had identified for her all told her to talk to me. That she needed someone with my skills. I interviewed one on one with the hiring manager. Then same day another hour long interview with 3 other managers in the office and had a written offer by 5:30pm

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at Microsoft   1 Answer
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in December 2009.

    Interview

    Long interview process but the hiring process went pretty quickly.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you go about estimating how many manholes their are in Manhattan streets?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It went quickly

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Marketing Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2009.

    Interview

    I had 3 phone interviews with various people on the team which was followed by formal inteviews which consisted 6 interviews- some were follow ups from the phone interviews. The last one judges for "fit" within company and culture. Interviews were relatively easy - maybe because I knew what I was doing and was well prepared. I enjoyed the fit discussion - got an offer a few days later and accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here?   1 Answer
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