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Interviews at Microsoft

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Interview experience

Based on 1,651 interviews

Interview difficulty

Based on 1,631 interviews

Interview process length

Based on 1,295 interviews
About two weeks

Interview process at Microsoft

Overall experience

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Poor and 10 is Excellent, rating is 8.

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Easy and 10 is Difficult, rating is 6.

Interview process length
About two weeks
About a month
About a week
More than one month
About a day or two
Most reported steps
Phone call/screening
On-site interview
Background check
Group interview
Problem solving exercises
Least reported steps
Take-home/sample work
They have no interview

What candidates say about the interview process at Microsoft

  • Lenghty and complicated interview process.1st round with HR, basic screening stuff.Another 4 rounds including Hiring Manager and 3 other people who had similar roles to the one I was applying for. T…
    Shared on November 29, 2020
  • It was relatively easy as I had already had the experience needed for the job. - The interview lasted about 15 minutes. I had a job offer before I was able to make it home. However, It would have bee…
    Shared on October 22, 2019 - Project Management - Buiding 109.
  • Typical phone interview
    Shared on October 9, 2019 - Office 365 concierge ambassador - Pensacola, FL
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Interview questions at Microsoft

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • Technical stuff
    Shared on June 6, 2019 - PREMIER FIELD ENGINEER - Algiers
  • How many years I had been merchandising?
    Shared on August 13, 2018 - In-store Representative - Tyler, TX
  • Computer experience leadership skills plans for the future am I good with working with people
    Shared on August 4, 2018 - Leader - Wilsonville, OR

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Interview tips at Microsoft

Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)56%
  • Formal (business suit)23%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)10%
  • They didn’t have a dress code10%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)1%

What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Microsoft

  • Study problem solving and be comfortable white boarding code
    Shared on December 13, 2019 - Manager of Software Engineering - Redmond, WA
  • Try to use big words and sound intelligent.
    Shared on November 14, 2019
  • Be prepared. Ask questions, especially clarifying questions. Use examples/stories to tie experience to answers.
    Shared on November 10, 2019

The first interview at Microsoft

How candidates got an interview
  • Recruiter contacted me36%
  • Employee referral22%
  • Other14%
  • Other online job site10%
  • Through Indeed8%

How candidates received their first interview at Microsoft

  • Years ago I applied to a Volt advertisement online.
    Shared on September 10, 2019 - Bus. Analyst 2 - Bellevue, WA
  • The recruiter contacted me via Linkedin
    Shared on May 30, 2019
  • The recruiter from Indonesia contacted me for this position and made an appointment for interviewing with leader in Thailand.
    Shared on September 18, 2018 - Solution Specialist Data Platform - Bangkok Thailand

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