My terrible phone screen experience with Microsoft

M*Modal tsting123
Jul 3 34 Comments

A recruiter from Microsoft reached out for a position in Azure team. Wanted to setup a technical phone screen right away. Got an interview setup for next day. Intervirewer logged in. No Hi, no tell me about your experience or not even an introduction to himself. Jumped right into the coding question. Just one liner. Find duplicates in a list. That's it. I asked clarification questions like what's in the list, when u say list, is it an array or linked list etc. He was like "Anything" with an annoyed voice. That was it. That was his answer to my questions. I was like "OK" . Then I asked him whether I can solve it for an array with ints and talked about how the solution will change if it's strings and how it would be for a linked list etc. He asked me to write the code. I did it fairly quickly. Once I have the working code and all my tests pass, I waited for his response. Nothing. Total silence. I thought he probably fell asleep and felt bad about not keeping him entertained. Then I said "Hello, you still there?" He then "oh, do you have any questions for Microsoft?" I asked usual questions just for the sake of it. But. I knew what the feedback would be. And sure enough, next morning, got the standard do not reply rejection letter. It was a total waste of my time. And total disappointment. Why would you waste people's time like that?

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  • Microsoft / Eng cholical
    Are you a minority candidate by any chance?
    Jul 3 6
    • Microsoft / Eng cholical
      Sorry meant to ask are you a tech minority. Black, Hispanic, native American, or woman? The reason I ask is because at Microsoft, a hiring manager often can't give an offer for a request unless a tech minority is also interviewed for that same role. Hiring managers often already have someone in mind that they want and just go through the motions in order to meet that criteria
      Jul 3
    • M*Modal tsting123
      OP
      Oh ok. No I am not.
      Jul 3
    • M*Modal tsting123
      OP
      Follow up to that. You think companies just interview these minorities to just clear up the minority requirement and want to hire the guy they already picked? Man that's messed up.
      Jul 3
    • Microsoft / Eng cholical
      No first hand experience but it's discussed a lot on the Microsoft blind. This is what happens when forced diversity policies are implemented.
      Jul 3
    • Microsoft FakeSatya
      Wow. What’s discussed on blind regarding diversity hiring at Microsoft is misleading at best.
      Jul 3
  • Booking.com / Other
    Punani

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    Punanimore
    How long did that interview last?
    Jul 3 3
    • M*Modal tsting123
      OP
      Probably like 40 mins including him answering the questions I asked about team and his thoughts on Microsoft in general.
      Jul 3
    • Booking.com / Other
      Punani

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      Punanimore
      I think you can just copy paste what you wrote above, and send it to the recruiter to say that they gave you an interviewer who is an unprofessional idiot
      Jul 3
    • M*Modal tsting123
      OP
      Well, I emailed the recruiter to tell how the interview went and she never responded.
      Jul 3
  • Microsoft NoDA57
    They did you a favor. This summarizes Microsoft. Microsoft may look good in the news and for investors. Except for some teams (single digit number) it is miserable to be a talented engineer, and this screeners' attitude may just be the result. If you love politics more than engineering I suggest you to try again because Microsoft is waiting for your talents at signaling work
    Jul 3 2
    • Microsoft anonseatle
      This is bullshit, flat out. If you work in a team like that, get out and go somewhere (Microsoft or otherwise) that you are treated with respect. There are bad apples, but don't confuse that with being the norm.
      Jul 3
    • Microsoft NoDA57
      Glad that your experience has been different. And I politely disagree with the proportion, I have been in 3 different orgs spanning Balmers ' and Nadella's eras. I'll tell you the latest that fortunately did not happen to me but it sucks for the person. Just before reviews last year SLT member (let's call it person A) comes up with a great project idea, just in time for review and gets praise for the idea and the impact that is going to make. Person B (pawn, ~lvl 63) gets tasked with actually coding the product. Aces it during a year. Just before this year's review, person A decides to axe the project, arguing it's a waste of time and money and it's not going to work, just in time fore reviews. Person A gets praised for a brave executive decision and impact of saving tons of money. Person B has to drop everything and his/her code never gets delivered. Now, reviews are based on IMPACT not output right? Person B did a lot of work, but actually delivered no impact because the project never saw the light of production, , and had no time to do anything else before the close of review. A: great review and bonus, B: poor review, poor bonus. Sounds familiar?
      Jul 3
  • Microsoft anonseatle
    Thanks for posting this. I can tell you HR and PG leadership definitely monitor blind for this kind of feedback.
    Jul 3 0
  • Barclays PLC FAANGHNTER
    yeah I know that feeling. I was once flown for an onsite to a 25 min interview with no technical questions
    Jul 3 0
  • Microsoft BillBezos
    That position might be reserved for D candidate and recruiter just scheduled your interview to show data for interviewing non-D candidate so no one can prove bias in hiring.
    Jul 3 2
    • Microsoft anonseatle
      No such thing, not how it works. At all.
      Jul 3
    • Microsoft BillBezos
      Oh really?
      Jul 3
  • Microsoft rfrw82
    Please DM me, if you dont mind. I will make sure this gets some visibility- this is not acceptable and we strive very hard to ensure a great experience for the candidates who interview with us.
    Jul 3 1
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      Punani

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      Punanimore
      You sounded like a manager. Do you have authority in MS?
      Jul 3
  • Uber duuber
    You just went through a superficial “green card interview”.
    The position is already filled. You were just interviewed for the department of labor records.

    Congrats
    Jul 3 0
  • Microsoft
    sherryli

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    sherrylimore
    The interviewer saved your time. You will be surprised how lowball your offer could be
    Jul 3 0
  • New DLnY70
    Why would you want to work for Microsoft?
    Jul 3 1
    • M*Modal tsting123
      OP
      I thought it's a good company. And the recruiter was really excited about my exp and told me that that's exactly they are looking for etc etc.
      Jul 3
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    capuccino☕️

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    capuccino☕️more
    That sucks! It's alright OP, I also experienced a very rude interviewer when I interviewed with Wealthsimple.

    I'm from Vancouver so it had to be done remotely. 4-5 rounds. Last round was with 2 managers. 1 manager is pretty nice! friendly and smiling all the time. The OTHER manager fcking yawned twice and never said a word. He even threw his hands up while yawing. I still get a little mad when I think about it 😂

    BUT it's a good thing I didn't get the job - 2 months later, I got an offer from FAANG. Keep interviewing my friend and forget this experience like a bad dream.
    Jul 3 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    yTyV60

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    yTyV60more
    Full agree with above perspective. There are so many good things the company is doing and one bad interview experience shouldn't put you off. It wasn't a fault on your side - the interviewer must ensure you are comfortable, the question is clear and an algorithm/solution is agreed upon before you start coding. Since none of this happened, the interviewer failed at his job and not you.
    Jul 3 0
  • Microsoft MSFT1
    Microsoft is a great company and worth perusing if you have the talent and want to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Don’t let one bad interview experience dissuade you.

    For the most part Microsoft recruiters are trying to help match candidates with openings. That said, they could probably benefit for understanding who their customers are... which I believe are candidates.
    Jul 3 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    yTyV60

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    yTyV60more
    Please share this feedback with the recruiter. It should definitely be informed.
    Jul 3 0
  • Microsoft / Product SlowLife
    Sorry about your experience. The recruiters are often vendors, not FTEs, which makes them less invested. The entire recruiting process is pretty messed up, but I hear they’re working to improve things.
    Jul 3 3
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      Punani

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      Punanimore
      But surely the interviewer should be an FTE
      Jul 3
    • VMware offshore
      I think it is possible that they already found a candidate and since OP interview was already scheduled, just going on with formalities? Or may be interviewer had a bad day, fight with spouse? So forget and move on.
      Jul 3
    • Microsoft NoDA57
      This doesn't make sense. The tech screener is an FTE
      Jul 3
  • Microsoft fvQH02
    It's sad that you had this experience but it has nothing to do with MS I've had similar experiences with google and amazon. At least Google had the courtesy to give me another interview. You were just unlucky to get an asshole as your interviewer.
    Jul 3 0

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