The Process

Our Be Your Future team has broken down The Basics into everything you need to prepare for your dream job at Microsoft. ​
This list might look long and scary at first sight – but don’t be intimidated. By doing the right research and taking the time to get ready, you’re giving yourself the best chance at success.​
The key things to remember are: be prepared, think about what you can bring to the table at Microsoft and be yourself. ​
  1. CV
    • Your CV should be no longer than two pages.
    • Keep the layout clear and the information concise by using bullet points.
    • Tailor your CV to what you know about the job. What makes you the right fit?​
    • Don’t just state what you’ve done: describe its impact and what you learned from your experiences.​
    • Mention your extra-curricular passions and interests – they help you to stand out.​
    • Attention to detail is invaluable. Make sure you have no typos or errors anywhere.​
  2. Online scenario assessment
    • After you submit this first step, you will be sent a link to complete an online assessment.
    • This will test your behaviour style in a potential workplace so it's important to just be yourself, to think about what you are being asked and to answer in accordance with what you would do in the proposed situation.
    • Do not leave the assessment until the last minute as this will prevent your application from moving forward quickly!
  3. The Video Interview
    • If you are successful, you will be invited to do an online interview where you record your response to three questions. Although the interview is not live you will be asked pre-recorded questions.
    • You have a minute in between each question to prepare your answer. Use this time wisely and write bullet points rather than big paragraphs.
    • Structure your answers
    • Speak slowly and clearly and be natural (even if it feels weird talking to yourself!)
    • Before the interview, prepare the answers for competency-based questions that you may be asked, such as:
        1. A time where you showed leadership?
        2. A time where you overcame a challenge in college or outside of college?
        3. Why do you think you would thrive in a company like Microsoft?
  4. Skype Interview
    • If you are successful in your initial application, you will be invited to Skype with one or two of the recruiters in Microsoft.
    • Do your research. Know what Microsoft is all about, its culture, values and what your favourites are amongst its products and services.​
    • Follow our social media channels to keep up with the latest news about Microsoft in Ireland and globally.​
    • This is more of a conversation than a typical ‘interview’ – the interviewers want to get to know you better. Feel free to show your true colours and what you are passionate about. The recruiters are very friendly, so just be yourself.
    • Prepare a few questions to ask, in order to show your curiosity and interest.​
    • Dress appropriately and neatly.​
    • Ensure you have a quiet space booked for the time of your interview and that your Wi-Fi connection is working correctly.
  5. The Final Interview
    • If you have got this far, well done! You are obviously doing something right and the recruiters see a lot of potential in you.
    • Dress appropriately. Although Microsoft comes across as more of a casual attire kind of workplace, it looks better if you dress formally for an in-person interview.
    • You will be asked to prepare a brief presentation, details of which will be provided in advance of the interview date.
    • You can use any means for this: PowerPoint, Sway, etc.
    • Get to know your team. Do a bit of background research and find out what they do.
    • Prepare a few questions for the interview – they want to hear from you as well and it’s a great way to show you’ve done your research and are picturing yourself in the role!