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How do you influence people who do not report to you? How do you get them to do things even though they don't have to or want to?

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a) I've never actually had someone refuse to help me when asked, but b) I would try ahead of time to get to know them so that when I need to influence them or need to request assistance, they already have a basic level of comfort with me.

I would answer this question by first stating that it is important to get to know how people are motivated on a personal level first. If they do not report to you then you might not have positional authority to ask them for a deliverable. At a company like Microsoft, I'm sure that there are jobs/roles that require people to get help/collaboration from people outside of their positional authority. To do this, you must first know what motivates a person and proactively make personal "deposits" to build some solid connections so that when you need to make a "withdraw" you have invested enough. Deposits can be made by taking an interest in someone, providing them with help when they need it, or maybe buying them lunch/drinks.

Some of the tasks you'll be required to perform are routine and monotonous. How will you deal with such routine tasks?

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How do you manage your time effectively?

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The professor quizzed me on several technical aspects of a journal paper I was a co-author of. Most of them were manageable. He asked me what exactly my contribution was in that paper and why I was not first author on it.

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What type of software do you know how to use?

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How would you go about doing research on a potential customer?

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What experience have you had with Microsoft Office?

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What research area are you interested in?

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If you had a machine that produced $100 dollars for life what would you be willing to pay for it today?

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3) Poker. 26 red, 26 black. Take one every time, you can choose to guess whether it’s red. You have only one chance. If you are right, you get 1 dollar. What’s the strategy? And what’s the expected earn?

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