Interview tips by Microsoft Inc.
Get an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for an interview at Microsoft.
You'll meet your potential co-workers, mentors, and managers.
This could be from multiple product groups based on the interests you shared in your resume submission and during your initial interview.
We’ll ask questions to help us get to know you.
The specific questions we ask will depend on the position you’re applying for, but all our questions are intended to help us see your capabilities and potential to grow. Generally, we look for a strong desire to learn, high intelligence, a passion for technology, willingness to work hard, rock-solid skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and of course, a desire to be the best!
You'll have a chance to look around.
We'll make sure you have time to see the campus and surrounding community to get a feel for the area that may soon become your home.
You’ll typically meet for up to an hour each with three to six people during your interviews, and it’s important to be alert and mentally prepared.
Chances are, your interviewer will be wearing the attire in which he or she feels most comfortable working. For suggestions on appropriate dress for your interview, check with your recruiter.
Relax and be yourself.
Genuine enthusiasm and a positive attitude can help you make a good impression.
Speak honestly and accurately about your experience and qualifications. Keep in mind, exaggeration or embellishing is a form of dishonesty.
Do your research.
The most successful candidate have more than a surface understanding of our company and businesses, industry trends, the position for which they are interviewing, the product(s) they’d be working on, and the market for those products.
Thoughtful questions demonstrate your level of understanding, your interest, and your passions, so don't hold back.
Show your thinking.
Be prepared to verbalize how you came up with the answer or solution to a technical issue, design question, or problem-solving puzzle. We're interested in more than just your answers—we want to know how your mind works, how you come up with solutions, and whether you can clearly explain your thinking process.
Demonstrate your knowledge of the field.
For example, if you’re interviewing for a core technical position—Software Development Engineer (SDE), Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET), or Program Manager (PM):
During your interview, we’ll ask you to write code. We love to ask questions related to linked lists, arrays, pointers, and such.
If you’re applying for an SDET position, we'll want to know how you’d build an application and then break it through testing. So expect some questions about how you'd go about testing various software designs.
Great PMs have a strong customer focus, creativity, and design skills. Be prepared to answer questions to illustrate yours, such as: What constitutes good design? What technical issues are involved? How would you make sure a design reflects customer needs? How would you improve on an existing design?
Get to know us.
Remember, your interview is an opportunity for you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you. Relax. Ask questions. Listen. Learn. This could be the beginning of a remarkable journey. Good luck!
What is the Microsoft interview process like?
Our interview process typically begins with a phone screen from one of our recruiters. This is sometimes followed by a conversation with a member of the hiring team (we call this a tech screen). The phone screen tends to focus on your experience and interests, while the tech screen is often more technical or skills-based.
Following your phone and tech screens, you may be invited for final interviews either at Microsoft or at a location near you. During these interviews—which last about 45 minutes each—you’ll typically meet one-on-one with three to six interviewers, who might be peers or managers, over the course of a day. We like to reach a decision on applicants within five businesses days, but your recruiter will let you know more specifically when you can expect to hear the result.
The interview process differs slightly for college students since we often conduct on-campus interviews.
What is you’re acceptance rate?
We typically interview three to five finalists per position. Many groups conduct an electronic-screen or phone interview to get to our final list.
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