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Updated 15 Dec 2014
Updated 15 Dec 2014
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  1.  

    Finance Placement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    The test I was required to do was a Situational Judgement test.
    Asked 6 questions in the video interview and given 30 seconds to think of an answer and 2 minutes to record my answer. Some questions were tricky, but luckily you had plenty of time to think of a response.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Graduate Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    4 stages in total, however I only reached the third stage.

    Stage 1: Application form consisting of questions about motivation for the role as well as experiences at university, followed by a behavioural test of how you would react in various scenarios.

    Stage 2: Non-live video interview where you were given 8 pre-recorded questions. You are given 30 seconds to prepare, followed by 2 minutes to answer the questions.

    Stage 3: Skype interview with someone who works in HR, not a hiring manager.

    Stage 4: Assessment centre.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you define as success?

      Why do you want to work at Microsoft? What interests you about technology? Why do you want to work in sales? How would you explain a complicated solution to someone that isn't technical? What do you think you would find challenging about this role? You will be completing a real role here, how do you feel about that?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Project Management and Business Consulting Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reading, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reading, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    After submitting the online application and the situational judgement test I was invited for a Video Interview. I had to answer 8 questions, having 2 minutes per answer and 30 sec to prepare my answer. The questions were:
    1. What do you do/How do you feel when you receive unexpected new tasks to finish during the day?
    2. How do you respond to someone senior that challenges your opinion?
    3. Do you identify opportunities for improving efficiency regularly?
    4. How do you feel when dealing with negative colleagues?
    5. How do you take the lead in group projects- what do you do and why?
    6. Are you passionate about Microsoft?
    7. Do you find it challenging when working with people who are less like you?
    8. Who will you contact when you have an issue at work?

    It took them 2 days to send me an invitation for the Skype Interview. Questions during the interview were such as:
    - Explain some kind of technology to someone who has no knowledge of technology.
    - What does success mean to you?
    - What qualities do you need in order to be successful at this MACH scheme?
    - Why are you passionate about Microsoft, why the Consulting scheme, why technology?
    - How do you handle change, how do you feel when unexpected changes occur?
    - Tell me what current news you know about Microsoft.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain some kind of technology to someone who has no knowledge of technology.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    very long they have several stages such as your speaking text maths understanding and then couple of interviews and then the final assesment interview
    after none of these interviews are you guranteed a place though

    No Offer
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Telephone Interview and an Assessment Centre made up of 3 Interviews and a group exercise. You are also required to present on a relevant topic. Mine was Cloud focused.

    Interview Questions
    • Having to be put in a real time client scenario and having to think on my feet.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Attended an event at my university, handed in my CV and 2 days later I received an email inviting me to an interview.

    Interview was mainly technical. In the first 15 minutes I discussed a project I had done, then I had a 30 minute technical question and the last 15 minutes were behavioural (Why Microsoft, why SDE, etc.).

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    I had a one on one interview with two people from Microsoft. The first part was technical, the interviewer asked me to code a function which would reverse the order of words in a string, and then I had to optimize the solution and consider edge cases, etc... The second interviewer asked me about my projects, my studies, etc...

    Interview Questions
    • Give me a program and what you would do to make it better?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    One of the recruiter approached me via linkedin, i had hit-around-bush chat with him just to get to know my background. then there was a formal technical interview. After that there was another one lasting for an hour. Then i was invited to the onsite interview in ireland. Unfortunately other things turned up i had to give up the chance

    Interview Questions
    • all normal questions on book, algorithms, data structures etc.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Student Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the MACH UK Student Internships program, on the Game Production, Art, Design & User Research track. I first applied in January 2014 through the online application. This involves you filling in your educational background, three short essay questions, and a CV submission. This stage focuses on why you are a good hire for Microsoft, and what you have done to stand out from your peers as a student.

    After this I was invited to complete a pre-recorded video interview. The format for this is short interview questions from the hiring team, which you then record your answers to. There are eight questions in total. These cover a range of topics about Microsoft, business sense, leadership and teamwork. Around half of the questions will be related to your chosen track (for me they were about game design, artistic achievements and user experience design.)

    Next was the live Skype interview. This covered many of the same topics as the previous two steps. It took about 25 minutes, and there was the chance to ask questions and find out more about the internships and the timelines for the application. As I was applying for the 'art' sub-track I was asked to submit a portfolio after this interview.

    Finally I had my in-person interview in April 2014. This took place in London at the studio, with two of the current employees. We went though my application, and I was then asked to talk about my career path to this point, my work and my motivations. This interview was an hour long, and was very informal. I received my offer a week after the interview.

    One thing to note is that the Skype interviewer, for example, will not have seen your pre-recorded interviews and may only have read your CV. So make sure your CV is good and don't worry about repeating yourself if the same question comes up in two different stages!

    Interview Questions
    • What has been your greatest artistic achievement to date?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was not much negotiation, as this is an internship position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Technical Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter who wanted to see if I would be interested in a poistion with Microsoft.

    Upon getting a positive reply from myself we went through a 20 minute conversation to assess my suitability for the role. Following that my CV was sent to the hiring managers to make a decision.

    I was then contacted to come for a face to face compentancy baed interivew. The interview itself was not hard, you had to give various examples of various situations where you have achieved something or overcome a difficult situation. Microsoft have a set of competencies which they test you upon howerver they do not share them with yourself beforehand so you need to be prepared.
    TIP - Make sure you research the role and the business and if the details don't come up in the interview you need to mention how your certain capabilities would be good for the business and the role you are interviewing for.

    Follwing this I was then invited to an assessment day which involved a Presentation, Competency based interview and Role play.

    Presentation -
    Ensure that you read all of the presentation brief, and take into account the requirements which are mentione and which have been implied. It is very easy to miss out what has been implied and that can go against you. Aim for the essentials which would help demostrate your combination of business and technical skills and how Microsoft's business customers can be helped.

    Interview -
    Again the competency based interivew. Same tips as before

    Roleplay scenario -
    I was dealing with some senior customers who were very unhappy. It was pretty ok to be honest nothing too hard, something that you would do on a normal basis. Again, you need to be calm, listening, sensitive and assertive at the same time.

    Positive -
    Things were well organised, however the communication from the recruiters could have been better. However I always tried to be pro-active and ensure that I communicated where I felt that thier HR was lacking, afterall it is my career!! The people interviewing me were good though they seem to have researched myself and my past qiute well.

    Negative -
    The long process which almost took me 3 months. By this time you really are mentally exhausted and want things to be over with, if not managed properly this can have a negative affect. Plus the comms from HR could have been better.

    Reason why I was not offered -
    In my first face to face interview I was told that they were impressed with my business knowledge however they needed to assess my technical knoweldge better as that had not come out in the interview.

    So in my assessment to counter that and manage their expectations, I tried to highlight my technical knowledge in the assessment and the feedback was that they felt I had a lot more technical knowledge than needed and hence I was not strategic enough!. Yet they were the ones who wrote to me afte the interview asking that my technical knowledge needs to be shown and they were happy with my business experties. Maybe others can counter these things better however I was unable to manage the expectation of the many people interviewing me in a way that would result in a positive outcome for me. Based upon the feedback I received, they were impressed with everything other than this and hence role is not being offered. I will not comment further however I shall leave others reading this review to prepare themselves better.

    Interview Questions
    • Generally all questions were generic nothing too difficult or trick questions. If you have researched the role and company then you should be ok.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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