microsoft: 20 ‘tough and tricky’ questions Microsoft asked in interviews

Microsoft is one of the biggest tech companies in the world. It is also one of the most coveted amongst job seekers. With great benefits, perks and the chance to work on innovative products and services, Microsoft is one of those companies that a lot of people would want to work with. Have you wondered what sort of questions does Microsoft ask in job interviews? A lot of interviewees recount the questions Microsoft asks. Glassdoor, the site where people post their experience about interviews, also has several candidates talking about Microsoft. Here we list out 30 questions that Microsoft asked for various roles120

Role: Marketing team

“What are your favourite Microsoft products ?”220

Role: Software engineer

“Given a large rectangle and a set of smaller rectangles, find if there exists a subset of the small rectangles that can perfectly fill the large rectangle.”320

Role: Graduate Scheme

“How would you describe cloud computing to a 7-year-old?” 420

Role: Summer intern

“Devise a way to make sure there is always milk in my fridge.”520

Role:Senior business development manager

“Why would you not join Google?”620

Role: Senior business planner

“What did you think about Microsoft’s decision to launch Office products on the iPhone?”720

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Role: Software development engineer

“Why are manholes round?”820

Role: Program manager

“How do you design a shuttle system to use within the Microsoft campus?”920

Role: Software development engineer

“The infamous “clock hands” question — how many times do the hour and minute hands of a clock overlap in a 24 hour period?”1020

Role: Support engineer

“How would you guide your grandmother if her PC wasn’t working?”1120

Role: Software engineer

“Explain recursion to a 5-year-old kid.”1220

Role: Program manager

“Tell me how you would design an airport”1320

Role: Executive business administrator

“How do you form relationships with team members who work out of state or the country?”1420

Role: Product manager

“Design a GPS for a 16 year old.”1520

Role: Program manager

“The most unexpected questioning was from a female manager who wanted my specific experiences with sexism and misogyny in the workplace. She asked me many variations along this line of questioning.”1620

Role: Technical account manager

“If you were in an elevator with the CEO of a company how would you explain the cloud in 90 seconds?”1720

Role: Site manager

“If you were standing in a crowd of people, how would you stand out?”1820

Role: Mechanical design engineer

“Your device has a stylus. How do you store it? How do you charge it? What kind of things can you use it for?”1920

Role: Design researcher

“Design the research plan for a brand new wearable product.”2020

Role: Customer service advisor

“How would you solve slow start up issues on a laptop/computer?”

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