Microsoft Careers | How to get a Job at Microsoft | Selection Process
The technology giant Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. Bill Gates is currently the technical advisor at the company. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and related services.
CEO: Satya Nadella
Chairman: John Thompson
President: Brad Smith
Head Quarters: Washington, US
Official Website: www.microsoft.com
Careers at Microsoft
Microsoft’s approach to hiring is unusual. Be it for its students or professional recruits, the only key is to know your domain well enough. Practical experience matters at Microsoft. We’ll share a little more about the company below.
Please note that much of the information which is available on the internet on Microsoft’s hiring process is false. They have elaborate articles written on Microsoft’s hiring procedures, tests and try to sell preparation material to get a job at Microsoft.
If you know a thing or two about the company, you already know that the tech giant has limited to zero opportunities for fresh graduates. The only exception is for their on- campus recruits.
Microsoft does not conduct Walkin drives. Mostly, the job opportunities at consultancies that work for Microsoft are advertised as Jobs at Microsoft.
There are four offices of Microsoft in India: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It is better to gain experience for a couple of years before you think of getting into Microsoft.
Another way for fresh graduates to get into Microsoft is by being an intern in their summer breaks. Students can apply for Microsoft’s internship programs here: https://bit.ly/2kJnRIK
Researchers can apply at Microsoft Research. Ph.D candidates enrolled at Universities are eligible to apply. Ph. D internships are available. Check if your area of research is relevant for Microsoft’s lab and apply here: https://bit.ly/2lS0f52
Perks at Microsoft
If you are meditating on shifting, Microsoft is a nice place. Its focus on caring for the need of the employees are reflected in its maternal and paternal leaves. One gets special discounts on all Microsoft products.
You can make an accommodation request at the time of applying for a job. If you have aspirations to work abroad in the long term and have good talent, Microsoft can be the place for you. It is known for its generous leaves policy for its employees.
How to get a job at Microsoft?
Microsoft has a job portal on which it posts all open positions. You are eligible to apply for more than a job opportunity at a time.
- Search for all open positions on Microsoft’s job portal: https://bit.ly/2lUzlJt
- Apply for eligible job positions.
That is it. That’s all you can do in the first stage. Hearsay is that, the most difficult step at Microsoft isn’t cracking the interview at the company, but getting an interview. So make sure your application is impeccable.
Things to do to improve chances of getting selected:
- Only apply for jobs you are 100% eligible for.
- Make sure that you include all documents asked out of you while applying.
- Write an exclusive resume and cover letter for every job position you apply for rather than sending generics.
- Include most recent and relevant achievements and projects. Don’t be scared if your resume goes beyond a single page if you tried to be concise.
Resume writing tips for Microsoft: Click here
Include the job title you are applying for in the cover letter. Include the domain specializations that are expected out of you, especially those which are mentioned in the job requirements. Microsoft’s search tool will help the hiring manager locate resumes through these keywords from a pile of profiles.
Microsoft gives preference to candidates who apply through referrals. If a candidate for which an employee refers gets selected, the employee receives bonus as well. Try to connect with employees at Microsoft through socializing or social networks like linkedin and ask.
If your application gets selected, chances are the hiring managers already see merit in you. There will be a series of interviews that you will be subjected to. Unless you are an exceptional candidate, it is not a quick process. It has several layers to it.
The first interview will most likely be a telephonic interview with an HR professional. They will check basic details on your resume and will find out your availability and other basic details. If they confirm that your resume and the information they got from you are not fake, they will forward your profile to the next layer of hiring managers.
To crack the next levels of interview, you must research a bit on the job role you have applied for. You will be asked to do sample tasks and questions that will check if you are suited for the role. Next layers are technical interview/s.
Microsoft Interview tips: Click here
Site visit day
If you clear all telephonic interviews, you will be asked to visit the site. On the day you visit the office, you will meet with the team/ teams that you will probably be working with if selected. You can get a sense of the space, work style and experience Microsoft to decide if that is the place for you.
Even if you are unaware of it, your behaviour will be studied closely on that day. Psychometric tests will be conducted and interviews will feature questions that understand your responses in situations from your past. Hypothetical scenarios will be thrown at you and you’ll be asked to answer your response to those.
The interviews you face on that site visit day will check if you fit into the specific project, role and the team. You might be asked to work on the project, while verbalizing your thought process as you go about it. This is because Microsoft does not believe in the end result alone. They want to look at your thought process.
Do not make false promises. If you find yourself not knowing any specific topic, admit it. Microsoft believes in gradual learning and straight forward employees.
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Microsoft On Campus Recruitment procedure:
If you are a graduate from one of those rare colleges from which Microsoft hires, you’ll have to write a 2 hour test and attend an interview if you get qualified. You need to be thorough in the basic coding languages and algorithms to fare well through this round.
The first part of the two hour test is for an hour. It will ask you to write, test, check and alter codes to get a specific output for two scenarios. The second part, which is also for an hour will have you write code for a question. The qualified will be interviewed.
The interview will be made to get a sense of your general traits and behaviour. You can take a look at our interview tips that are carefully curated from the table in the article above.
If you are a fresher, you have relatively few chances with Microsoft. It is better if you check your chances of applying at other MNC companies that our All India Jobs team carefully gathered. Find them here at All India Jobs.
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