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Senior Project Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (New York, NY) in June 2016.

Interview

The hiring process was based on a lot of networking. A friend at Microsoft that I've worked with recommended me in, and a couple others endorsed me. I was contacted the next day. In total, I had an HR screen interview, three tech screen interviews packed into three hours one evening, and a hiring manager interview. All by Skype. It was actually enjoyable. They ran like conversations. Everyone was reasonable, calm and mature. The process flew by in about three weeks.

Interview Questions

  • Talk to me about the Microsoft tools you've used to manage projects.   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a difficult customer engagement.   Answer Question
  • Talk to me about an organizational change you've led.   Answer Question
  • I was given a link to a video. After watching, I was asked to describe how I would use this technique in a current project. In a way, I already had been.   Answer Question

Negotiation

It was pretty streamlined. They gave me a solid, reasonable offer. I accepted.

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Recruiter was exceptional. Process was direct and straight forward. Second round of interview was F2F with the direct manager. All travel and lodging arrangements were managed. Interview was very smooth and respectful. Issue is that it is all show and tell but the sheen is gone once one gets hired.

    Interview Questions

    • Why am I making a change to become a FT employee after having been freelance for so long.Was unexpected as I was recruited for a specific 'new' role.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Long and drawn out. And the background check process was kind of disrespectful-- guess I should have known.
    Some wet behind the ears kid asking pretty insulting questions about things having nothing to do with my qualifications or my fitness as an employee.

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    this was a whole day - 5 people; one hour every session - back to back; including a lunch interview which was in Microsoft cafeteria.

    Interview Questions

    • Most difficult were opened ended questions on a hypothetical problem.
      You are given a situation - i.e. let's imagining there is no friction - what will happen to a this case (a structure was drafted on a white board) - please describe how you solve this....  
      1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was abroad - it was thru a letter

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    Microsoft receives about 50K applications/resumes a year and usually it takes some time for you to get things rolling but they tend to be quick in pulling the trigger when they find the right person. I didn't have group interview but be prepared to spend the whole day going from office to office.

    Interview Questions

    • Microsoft hiring managers are known for being very detailed and technical oriented so be prepared for whiteboard questions including coding. Another thing you will need to prepare yourself is "brain teaser" questions. They seem to love these type of questions because they will see your bain working in real-time.   Answer Question
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    I got contacted by a MS recruiter through my linkin profile. Had initial phone interview, 1:1 technical interview with the hiring manager. I was invited for a series of face to face interviews, since I liked the position I didn't mind flying in from another continent.
    On the first day of the interviews I was told I'll be interviewing for two positions ( one I already agreed and applied for and a second one) and that I'll be asked technical questions- all fine till now.
    The first interviews were quite strange, as it became apparent they were for second position – the one I never applied for. The interviewer didn’t really read my CV, since he started with :”well I see you have mentioned knowledge of this approach in your CV, how would you...” Now I have never mentioned knowledge of the approach, actually I knew a bit about it but tried to stay away from listing anything I'm not an expert in . I did try to make a point of this but it was useless. I pushed through the interview but couldn't get how I've been flown all across the world for a position for which I never claimed to have skills.
    The following day I interviewed for position 1, for the position for which I had 1:1 phone interviews with the hiring manager and for which I've applied. That went very good. I made an effort even though I was disappointed with the previous day. I later got positive feedback from these second set of interviews but I've been told the offer was not being made due to the negative feedback from the first set of interviews.
    Overall I didn't appreciate being asked questions so far from my domain of expertise, found it a waste of my time and evidently interviewers time. The recruiter could have made more effort to at least match the keywords in the position description and the skills from my CV.

    Interview Questions

    • credit card problem with map reduce   1 Answer
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Washington, DC) in March 2010.

    Interview

    Somewhat complicated and took longer than I anticipated. Microsoft may take a long time deciding where you fit, but eventually they'll steer you straight. For my first role at Microsoft, I had to talk with several people about a few different job opportunities before finally meeting with my hiring manager and landing it.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Chicago, IL) in February 2010.

    Interview

    Cumbersome, crazy questions (how would you test an ink pen). I have been doing my job for 15+ years, getting these questions made me wonder about the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Ethics - If you are out of country, and the norm is to bribe to get the deal done, do you bribe?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Always negotiate. Negotiate on different levels (salary, bonus, training, vacation).

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Amsterdam (Netherlands)) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Was interviewed by a series of people: from HR had 2 screening interviews and later 2 other, after which I was asked to prepare a onsite case study presentation with a Group/ Panel. 1 week later I was presented with an offer which contained some topics that leaded to some additional negotiation.

    One week later I was informed the PMO Director had changed and I would be reporting to another person.

    While the negotiations were still ongoing, I received a call from the local HR Director meant to "clarify any outstanding question that might not be clear" and, later that day, I received another call from the HR representative informing the offer would have to be re-drawn as MSFT "have come to the conclusion that the offer has been rejected by yourself".

    This shows a lack of seriousness in a recruitment process

    Interview Questions

    • Presented a Case Study which had to address a difficult project situation and how, as a PM, should the issues be addressed   Answer Question
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    5 Phone interviews, two on site interviews, phone interviews were positive, the difficult questions were the fluffy ones on how you interact with others. The on-site interviews were good, but salary was an issue. In the end the gulf was too much. Initial recruiter was good, however I was passed to a junior recruiter to organise interviews, but he constantly got interview times and interviewers wrong, leading to some confusion.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you influence people globally who have other priorities that are not your own?   Answer Question
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft in November 2011.

    Interview

    Initial communication through email, took a week to set up screening call. Asked very few questions about self and previous experience, seemed that mind was set prior to interview, ended conversation quickly.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you be interested in working as a contractor first?   Answer Question
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