Microsoft hiring process

Amazon PBgv51
Dec 7, 2018 19 Comments

Hello,

I was encouraged by the hiring manager for the position to apply for it. I know the hiring manager pretty well and he is interested in bringing me on-board. How does the hiring process in Microsoft work? Does hiring manager have an influence in hiring? Is there a bar-raiser or HC that makes the final determination?

Thanks

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  • Amazon / Engsmsn sns
    It's 4As. Four interviews, hm typically being last one. You need accept in all.
    Dec 7, 20186
    • Microsoft lqEl76
      Not really. Have seen hires with one No Hire. Depends strongly on the HM.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft do_needful
      ^^^this^^^ HM can decide to ignore all feedback
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      Definitely don’t need a “hire” recommendation in all interviews. I’ve seen people hired who got at least one “no-hire” in the loop. I’ve also been told that they still go to the ASAP (as appropriate) even with 2 no-hires.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      HM can decide to ignore feedback if they are AA as well or the AA is a hire. It's quite a bit more tricky (though possible) if the AA is a no hire. Some groups dont allow that and some dont allow the hm to be the AA. And again, it's entirely group dependent. I've been on interviews internally where I've been sunk by one no hire.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft do_needful
      I can't remember even one interview where AA wasn't HM.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      I've been on at least 50 loops myself where I was the aa but not the hm.
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Microsoft do_needful
    Your HM will make the final decision based on feedback.
    Dec 7, 20180
  • Amazon PBgv51
    OP
    Is there a hiring committee(like Google) or bar raiser (like amazon) who also interviews?
    Dec 7, 20184
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      No
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      Actually kind of. There is no committee, but there is a special interviewer, usually at the end, who's job it is to determine fit for microsoft, help set level etc. In some groups that person cannot be the HM (in some it can of that person is also a certified AA interviewer). When I was in windows our org had relatively few AA interviewers so I got to do a lot of interviews for different groups.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      ASAP is almost always someone a little higher up (dev manager instead of lead, for example, or possibly a director), and he has final say, but he’s from the same org and management will likely be in your management chain.

      That person is not the standard “bar raiser” or hiring committee like others have.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      ^its someone who is qualified as an AA interviewer. Could be a director could be a principal IC (like me). They dont have final say but they are there to determine fit cor Microsoft, and to help with level. They are not always from the same org or management chain although for some orgs that is the case. The HM always has final say but if the AA says no they have to be able to justify why the person is a fit for the group but not for Microsoft. Sometimes the hm will try to convince the AA. That's happened to me a handful of times.
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Amazon PBgv51
    OP
    What’s an AA interviewer?
    Dec 7, 20181
  • AA = As Appropriate
    HM = Hiring Manager
    Jan 210
  • Intel / EngMjxjrhrhdv
    Also, can AA be part of 4 person interview or will they be the 5th?
    Dec 7, 20180
  • Amazon PBgv51
    OP
    Sorry for sounding dense, what’s an AA interviewer?
    Dec 7, 20180
  • Amazon PBgv51
    OP
    That’s great to know guys... it sounds like HM has fair degree of influence in the process
    Dec 7, 20180

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