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Microsoft has a very bad Online Technological Screening

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Nov 29

Recently completed an online tech screening with MSFT.
They want us to write code for problems. But the tool provided is so basic that it's just a basic text box.
It was hard to write a good looking and understandable code in that text area especially with multiple problems to solve and with a time constarint.

Why can't Microsoft provide a good online coding tool like hacker rank? It's very surprising that big company like MSFT not so serious about their hiring process.

Anyone had a similar experience?

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  • eBay Lol eBa
    Maybe they do this to filter out people who lean too much on their ide
    Nov 296
    • Lyft incognit0
      Wtf? IDEs are great
      Nov 29
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      Lol we are not is 90s.
      Nov 29
    • eBay Lol eBa
      They are great but they can be a crutch

      You can get autocomplete in vim haha
      Dec 1
    • Lyft incognit0
      IDEs do way more than that. Finding definitions, easily adding/removing arguments, refactoring code into methods, etc. You have to spend some time getting vim to have the same features but an IDE has a lot of these features out of the box. We should take advantage of tools developed in the last 40 years instead of calling them a crutch and only using vim.

      I feel OP should code in his preferred environment (IDE included) and paste the result into the submission field. A vim user would be unproductive with just a text box too
      Dec 2
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      Copy and paste are restricted in that tool.
      Dec 3
  • Microsoft elpwcnxb
    I actually prefer just a text editor
    Nov 291
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      Not so good when you need to solve multiple problems with time constraint.
      Nov 29
  • Nvidia monolith
    Is this for the platform AI teams hiring event?
    Nov 294
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      Yes
      Nov 29
    • Nvidia monolith
      Cool, did you clear it?
      Nov 29
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      Don't know the result yet.
      Nov 29
    • Nvidia monolith
      Your online application generally changes first and they ask you to sign a NDA.
      Nov 30
  • Uber MangoBoba
    What are they using these days? Still collabedit?
    Nov 293
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      Just a text editor, like google shared docs.
      Nov 30
    • Microsoft gmgs
      Google uses Google Docs for their interviews, too. Are they not serious about their hiring process either?
      Nov 30
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      For a phone interview with a person it's good.
      But if it's for an online coding screen where your code will be reviewed by a person afterwards then it's not a good process.
      Nov 30
  • Amazon GHskann
    I write in a text editor a lot of the time anyways. So I didn’t mind. I’m interviewing with a lot of MS teams and have passed 4/5 phone screens so far.

    But if you’re not used it then you definitely need to practice beforehand. And yes, this is inconvenient. But I’m personally not really affected, and don’t see other options as any better
    Nov 291
    • Undisclosed -○~<
      OP
      Did u do this online tech screen for all 5 phone screens?
      Writing code on text editor in phone interview with a person is very different from the online coding challenge involving more than 2 coding problems in 60 mins.
      Nov 29

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