Trying to get Microsoft to Interview Me

General Motors / Eng TenFiveThr
Jun 2, 2018 22 Comments

Applied to 4 positions at MS. Nothing over a month. 3.5 YOE. Java middleware. Had other companies get back to me; Google, Amazon.
Any recommendations to get my foot in the door? Direct message recruiters, find a referral, or simply wait?
Also, recommended orgs to apply to?

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  • Microsoft Adidon
    Get an internal referral
    Jun 2, 2018 0
  • Cisco gLTc33
    If minority look for a diversity recruiter then.
    Jun 2, 2018 4
    • General Motors / Eng TenFiveThr
      OP
      Lol. Do people actually have “diversity recruiter” as a title in LinkedIn?
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Cisco gLTc33
      Yes
      Jun 2, 2018
    • General Motors / Eng TenFiveThr
      OP
      I just looked it up. That is so interesting. The more you know, I guess.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Cisco gLTc33
      The Microsoft ones I've interviewed with are actually helpful. Google, Amazon and Oracle diversity recruiters are useless imo.
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Cisco gLTc33
    I have had most success directly contacting recruiters on linked in. Sometimes it takes several recruiters to finally get one that will contact you. So just be persistent.
    Jun 2, 2018 4
    • Oracle BSJr60
      What this Cisco person said. I currently accepted an offer from Microsoft and it all started with me reaching out to a recruiter on LinkedIn.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • General Motors / Eng TenFiveThr
      OP
      Thanks. I’ll give it a try.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Booking.com g6iit-748
      How do you find relavent recruiters? Seeing their posts?
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Cisco gLTc33
      I was looking for swe/PM roles and just searched diversity recruiter Microsoft on linked in.
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Cisco gLTc33
    Brown as in minority or middle east/asian?
    Jun 2, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng fibdub
    I got in via a referral. I personally referred others and those who were hired saw quickest response after I directly contacted the hiring manager.
    Jun 2, 2018 0
  • Tango Health / Eng lyub4y2
    Get your resume straightened out as well
    Jun 2, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MSFT$
    White Male?
    Jun 2, 2018 4
    • General Motors / Eng TenFiveThr
      OP
      Brown male.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Microsoft MSFT$
      Then you should be concerned with the male part.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • General Motors / Eng TenFiveThr
      OP
      Guess I’ll refuse to identify my sex then.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Microsoft MSFT$
      Smart move
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Microsoft Piano
    You are applying for interesting roles. competetion is high internally and externally. apply for a normal role that is ok for you and very close to your resume, after you join Microsoft try to move internally to the team or work you like.
    Jun 2, 2018 1
    • General Motors / Eng TenFiveThr
      OP
      Makes sense. I’ll go through the job posts for the more normal roles.
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Microsoft
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    Amazon
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    I can refer you if your resume looks good. DM me. :)
    Jun 2, 2018 0

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