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10000+ employees
1975
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Computer Hardware & Software
£5 to £10 billion (GBP) per year
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    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

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    Nice place to work at

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    Could pay me more than my collegues

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    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Microsoft (London, England).

    Interview

    I am writing this to describe the absolutely nightmarish time I had during the Microsoft student recruitment process. I was assaulted three times, the first two times were in the space of me being in the Microsoft building for just 20 seconds.

    I passed the online stages for the Microsoft student recruitment as I was looking for a paid industry placement during my sandwich year, and what happened to this day has left me shaken. I have worked at Deloitte which is known for a rough culture, startups, and even governmental organisations but nothing compares to the scum I encountered that day.

    Having just rejected a job with Apple and a startup company, along with having had employment in the past, I entered their offices for the assessment day. As other candidates were talking I walked over, except everyone immediately stopped talking and began staring at me as if I was responsible for having committed some atrocity to their families. It was at this moment that an Indian gentleman squeezed between people to get to me, tripping me up to the extent that I hit the floor and struggled to get back up from the impact. I was both shocked and confused by what had just happened, I was only in the Microsoft offices for 20 seconds, but thought perhaps it had been an accident.

    The other candidates had resumed their conversation on video games, but blocked me out of their circle and refused to interact with me. I saw a girl just outside of the circle that appeared also left out, and probably unable to contribute to the conversation as it was on video games (not trying to be sexist). I tried to make conversation with me, to which she replied “OH MY GOSH ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?! YOU ARE A PEASANT” in an extremely loud scream, with a face that looked like she had just accidentally bitten on a sour lemon thinking it was an apple, and gave the impression that she was the Queen of India and I was the peasant garden boy. With her hand movements my face and arms received some mild cuts from her nails. I tried to calm the situation down but I was completely and utterly ignored, she was too self-important.

    By this point my temper had begun to flare, from the shock I swore pretty loudly in front of Microsoft recruitment people, however this girl did not react in the slightest. We all ended up walking into an office where we would be interviewed as a group.

    Foolishly I decided to go first and present an object that I had brought in, when I should have let myself recompose after the trauma of what I had just experienced outside. After my presentation I lost my temper. Fortunately, Microsoft did not kick me out as they had guessed something had just happened outside, and told me to go again.

    At one point I explained that there was a difference between Java and JavaScript, however a candidate (the one that tripped me up outside) encouraged everybody to laugh at me saying that they were the same thing. After I politely tried to explain the difference, stating that Java is a strongly typed language compared to JavaScript which is loosely typed, I was laughed at again. I told the candidate that he had just got a car confused with a carpet, to which everyone rolled on the ground laughing.

    Despite everything, I ended up talking for almost four hours, showing off my knowledge and essentially cleaning the floor with everyone else. Many lacked even the most basic computer science knowledge, such as what a pointer was used for. This made the gentleman who had assaulted me mad, whereas the girl that assaulted me just looked out of the window the whole time as she was too self-important (except one occasion when she spoke to me as she strangely did not know that a hex editor could edit text within a .EXE file).

    The candidates through everything at me testing my knowledge, however in the end one “lawyer trick” was used against me and I unfortunately took the bait and lost all credibility with Microsoft. The gentleman that assaulted me earlier did a trick to bamboozle me, where he would explain a scenario in a long, complex, and complicated manner so only myself and perhaps two other people could understand. He would then ask a simple question, such as the colour of the sky, but given his scenario I would be backed into a corner and forced to say purple, instead of blue. This destroyed the entire day, as the candidates began fighting one another, and Microsoft thought we were all stupid.

    After, when we were outside playing ping pong all of the candidates tried to gang up on me, and the one that assaulted me earlier punched me in the face. They were butt hurt that I had made them look stupid when they could not answer simple Computer Science questions, such as what a PE file was.

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    • What is the difference between Java and JavaScript?   2 Answers
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Microsoft Awards & Accolades

  • Global Randstad Award, Randstad, 2015
  • Most Attractive Employer - India, Randstad, 2014
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