This post is for everyone who is anxious about their internship interviews and is looking for gaining insights into the Microsoft’s University Recruitment program in United States.
For me it started off with Microsoft visiting Penn State at the Career Fair and taking my details. On signing up at the recruitment booth ( my preference was SDE position), I was gifted a nice ( although oversized as all Mediums were already taken) T Shirt.
After a week or so, I got a followup email from the recruiter. Microsoft was visiting campus to conduct the first round of interviews. The first interview was hardly impressive, it was short in duration ( ~30mins ) and the question was very vague. I sort of had a bad feeling about it.
Nevertheless, I was selected and had a followup with another round of interviews being scheduled. It was 1 hour of interview each with two different set of developers from Microsoft. One of the guys was working for the Windows Networking Stack and another for Windows Mobile Phone team. The 1st interviewer had an easy question for me however the 2nd one was non trivial. With some whiteboard practice I had been doing, I sailed through them anyways.
I was excited when Microsoft proposed to fly all the potential interns to Redmond for the final internship rounds. A free trip to Seattle! Wohooooo! The arrangements made for the interns were perfect. Free town cabs anywhere, limos (with a nice bar) to take us around in the campus, free food, stay and other amenities for 2 nights and 3 days.
During our interview day we were taken around the campus with a great lunch with a couple of Microsoft employees. This followed with us waiting in one the building’s lobby with XBoxes, Surfaces and other devices. 1 hour of interview each with 2 different teams followed. The first one was with Microsoft user experience team and the second was with the SQL Server team. I was quite impressed by the 2nd guy, his knowledge on databases was very impressive. The questions were again non trivial but interesting. I had a great time solving them.
After waiting for a while in the lobby, we were called inside a glass door room next to the lobby. I was offered the internship position with the details of my offers being sent in the mail in a week. Also the recruiter was very keen on knowing what offers and interviews I had pending with other companies and what they could do in order to make me inclined towards Microsoft.
Also 89% (yes, Microsoft’s internal statistics) of interns make it to full time positions after they graduate. One of the neat USP Microsoft was selling us.
It was great experience overall. Thanks to Microsoft for such a great interview experience. :)