Greatest hits: interview prep

I took a look at this older post recently and thought I would share it because I think it holds up pretty well. Companies have gotten more and more sophisticated with interview techniques and I think what was once thought of as the “Microsoft interview” can be used at any number of companies and interviewers.

The tips are good interview prep no matter where you are interviewing.



Comments (2)

  1. Mary Smith says:

    Hiring Manager rudeness:  I wasn’t sure where in your blog to post my comments. I am a long time 13+ year MS employee and was interviewing because there was no promotion available in my dept as my current manager admitted to. The new 60-day recurring permission to interview from your current manager is I’m sure designed to actively inhibit (through fear of reprisal) employees wanting to move around, as was exactly the opposite 10+ years ago. I am certain however that now notified, my current manager will put me in the 10% bucket on the road to being managed out, just for interviewing elsewhere in the company. Such is the new Microsoft.

    In a recent interview loop for example all the interview chain seemed to like me and many said I was very qualified for the position, but the hiring manager on the second interview when I asked how long the job decision process might take, instead of tact, lamented out loud that HR had only sent 2 candidates — said that to ME!  a potential candidate. I found that unbelievably rude and I could not not respond to that. I suppose I should have withdrawn my application on the spot after treatment like that, and probably will if that is what I can expect from that manager.  There certainly seems to be a preponderance of negative, unhappy managers at Microsoft who because they are not being promoted themselves will never promote or think about the careers of those that work under them.  For people under those managers, it’s shut up and put up with the abuse, and no way they will ever be honest in reviews (again fear or reprisal) — because the economy is rough. It gives bad managers license to abuse people, and they do.

    Is this in fact the New Post-Bill Microsoft and get used to it?

    Thanks for your excellent blog.

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    Mary – I can understand you being frustrated because of a bad experience. I’m not sure I would have been as offended as you from the hiring manager comments. I don’t think it’s fair to base judgement on speculation ("I am certain however that now notified, my current manager will put me in the 10% bucket on the road to being managed out").

    It sounds to me like perhaps there is some kind of personality conflict with your manager. If it’s a performance issue, then work to fix it. If you are being treated unfairly, go to HR.  I hope you can find a situation where you are happier.

    I don’t see a trend of unhappy managers here. In fact, I really didn’t see a change in happiness among managers in my almost eleven years here. Listen, I understand being frustrated about the process for changing roles, but I really feel like your comment paints a different picture than what life is like here. If I were *that* unhappy, I would look for a position elsewhere. I’m the first to say that Microsoft is not for everyone.

    I’m sorry to hear that you are that frustrated/unhappy 🙁

    I appreciate what you said about my blog though 🙂