Preparing for technical positions at MS: part deux: Industry route

If you’ve been working (or idling) for a year or more since you hung up your full time academic cap and gown, the microsoft recruiting machine considers you an industry candidate. Many of my comments in the prior post about campus candidates will apply to industry candidates as well. In fact, I would say that ALL…


Preparing for Technical Positions at MS: part 1: college campus route

Matt asked about how to prepare for a technical position at Microsoft. Since there are two separate recruiting engines at Microsoft, I’m going to break my comments up into college candidates and industry candidates to match the paths that people typically enter the company.   College Campus Candidates I interview a lot of people at…



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You’ve got Questions, I’ve got answers.

I got some questions on my last blog post, so I’ll do my best to answer them now:     Q. How hard is it to get a job at Microsoft? Well, that’s a tough question to answer. There are hundreds of variables there. If you know someone and they submit your resume as a…


Questions, Questions, Questions

I got several email responses about how hiring works at Microsoft, and what I look for in hiring. I will respond to the questions, in my next post, but in the meantime, you can read a couple blog entries by Michael. Screen Door Hallmarks of Great Testers

Added a couple blog links

I put a couple of links on my main blog page, will add more as I run across stuff that I enjoy. If you haven’t yet, You should read Soma’s blog. Soma is my manager’s manager. Michael, aka the Braidy Tester, has a great blog. Michael is the technical lead for my test team. I…

Why QA? Why Microsoft?

I came to Microsoft 8 years ago, happy but a little frightened about a salaried job, happy not to be travleing, and most of all, amazed that I got paid to beat on new technology and make it break, but my goal was to eventually be a developer here. I always loved building software for…



I’m Adam Ulrich, and I’m the test manager for a version 1 tool in the developer tools division of Microsoft.  I won’t be able to say a lot about this product until it is publicly announced, but I hope to share with you a lot about process, tools, and why were doing what we’re doing….