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Hi! How Do I get into Microsoft

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    PraveenKumar

    Hi to all those in Channel9,
        I'm a college student. I have passion towards getting into Microsoft and that's why i'm here. Some one suggested that there will be help from this site.
         To start with, I will describe myself: a good programmer(C, C++, C#), Microsoft fan, Technically well-updated, I live in India. (others later..). Now first I need to know the procedures involved to recruit freshers for Microsoft. All the most, I need to know "what i should be knowing, learned? and what are the technical skill level i should have? and etc..." I request the Employees of Microsoft to help me in this regard.

    PS: I'm Microsoft Student Champ and Topmost ranker in my college.
    If possible mail/help me at rpraveen.in@gmail.com.

    Yours,
    Praveen Kumar
    rpraveen.in@gmail.com
    +91 98943 77563

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    sundararajan

    Dear Praveen,

        If u get to know some info about this please let me also know about this.  one another great Microsoft fan. Often I get into problem with my java programmer room mates....

    mail id:sundararajan.gs@gmail.com

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    littleguru

    Have you ever been here: http://www.microsoft.com/careers/default.mspx
    This page is for people who want to work at Microsoft.

    If you watch the videos on C9 you will often hear that people went to Microsoft by doing an internship at university. After finishing school they started to work there.

    Another possibility is programming something really great and showing that you understand their technology very well. Sometimes they hire you if they see you are a good architect and you are able to manage something really good.

    You could also visit this C9 page: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=18472 and watch the video.

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    W3bbo

    littleguru wrote:
    Another possibility is programming something really great and showing that you understand their technology very well.


    So if I wrote a game where you get to hunt for Bill Gates and his chronies in and around the Microsoft campus, written in C# and DotNet, Managed DirectX, the textures made in Photodraw and MSPaint, sound effects courtesty of SndRec32, the manual done in MSPublisher, and the 3D models and meshes modelled using Maya on Windows... they'd hire me?

    Neato! Big Smile

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    littleguru

    W3bbo wrote:
    littleguru wrote: Another possibility is programming something really great and showing that you understand their technology very well.


    So if I wrote a game where you get to hunt for Bill Gates and his chronies in and around the Microsoft campus, written in C# and DotNet, Managed DirectX, the textures made in Photodraw and MSPaint, and the 3D models and meshes modelled using Maya on Windows... they'd hire me?

    Neato! [<img src='http://video.ch9.ms/ecn/content/images/emoticons/emotion-2.gif' alt='Big Smile' />]


    I guess you understood what i meant... Big Smile If you would write an anti-spam-spyware-virus filter-thing that works without updates and gets all spam filtered in a nano second without errors you would get a job at MS...

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    W3bbo

    littleguru wrote:
    If you would write an anti-spam-spyware-virus filter-thing that works without updates and gets all spam filtered in a nano second without errors you would get a job at MS...


    ...So why are they all still at the Mozilla Foundation then? Wink

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    littleguru

    because thunderbird is lame until now Big Smile

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    Gretchen

    Hi Praveen - I am a recruiter at Microsoft, and I have a blog that talks about our hiring process (http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog.)  You might want to check it out for some answers to your questions.

    Since you currently live in India, I might suggest applying to our development center in Hyderabad.  You can check out their openings here:  http://www.microsoft.com/india/careers/.

    Hope that helps!  Most of our development is done in C++ and C# (and almost all development roles require a solid background in C/C++) so just keep working in those languages!

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    littleguru

    Gretchen, you have a cool avatar.

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    PraveenKumar

    Hi to all, and thanks!
         Thanks for your suggestions and replies.
         I saw the posts you(littleguru and gretchen) suggested and downloaded the movie files. i'll watch them and post my questions and feedback... i understand that if i do a COOL software MS will hire me... but i'm a fresher and i'm still pursuing my undergraduate course(in pre-final year) so what are prospects of microsoft coming to our campus or atleast through off-campus recruitment(Gretchen, by campus I mean my college here).

    And I would like to know Can i give a try (for whole interview process) once. and then again give my improved performance to microsoft recruitment again within 2 or 3 months. (I have my resume ready with now, but it would still improve soon after my semester exams get over, which is scheduled to be held during April and May, 2005). Please, Gretchen confirm me this one. As i mentioned early, i fear Microsoft will not turnup after they had a candidate for the interview once.
     And can some one, get me details of who i can contact some one from India Development centre( recruiters or some one working there).

     Gretchen, I read all posts and understood lot of things. I will list them here: if they are not the same as i understood, correct me.

    •  There is a separate college recruitment team in Microsoft
    •  Microsoft recruits will see a candidate again but within 1 year or else he/she will be considered as a experienced(i couldn't understand what does this mean) candidate.
    • The Micrsoft India Careers website is much informative but they are still in updation (i understand it's because of addition of new centres in India recently)
    and I still need some thing with which i could start on...

    Thank You! for all!!

    Praveen Kumar
    rpraveen.in@gmail.com
    +91 98431 60253

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    Raj Tripathi

    I think Sir Bill Gates once said If you read The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 from start to end, send me your resume. Smiley

    Good luck

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    bantar76

    - Take I-405 NORTH Or South As necessary towards WA-520
    - Take exit #14 towards REDMOND/SEATTLE onto WA-520 EAST - go 3.3 mi
    - Take the NE 40TH ST exit - go 0.2 mi
    - Turn  on NE 40TH ST - go 0.3 mi
    - Turn  on 159TH AVE NE - go 0.1 mi
    - Turn  on NE 39TH ST - go 0.1 mi
    - NE 39TH ST becomes MICROSOFT WAY - go 0.1 mi 
    - Arrive at 1 MICROSOFT WAY, REDMOND 

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    Stitch 2.0

    bantar76 wrote:

    - Take I-405 NORTH Or South As necessary towards WA-520
    - Take exit #14 towards REDMOND/SEATTLE onto WA-520 EAST - go 3.3 mi
    - Take the NE 40TH ST exit - go 0.2 mi
    - Turn  on NE 40TH ST - go 0.3 mi
    - Turn  on 159TH AVE NE - go 0.1 mi
    - Turn  on NE 39TH ST - go 0.1 mi
    - NE 39TH ST becomes MICROSOFT WAY - go 0.1 mi 
    - Arrive at 1 MICROSOFT WAY, REDMOND 



    OK, now that I am AT Microsoft, how do I get IN??? /jk

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    PraveenKumar

    Now,  I wonder 'isn't there a transportation facility available to Microsoft from seattle?'


    Even if GO TO Microsoft HQ, what will i be? a programmer? or a  visitor? or just a tourist?



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    PraveenKumar

           I could get it. The book is about programming- i saw that book it speaks about datastructures, alogrithms, etc. All these we have it in our curriculum itself.  Does it say something more? Should i read it again? or am i missing something?????

         
     

     

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    Andrei P

    If you think you're a really good programmer. . . read [Knuth's] Art of Computer Programming.... You should definitely send me a resume if you can read the whole thing. -Bill Gates

    You need to fully understand it. I have the 1st volume, and it's not that easy...

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    PraveenKumar

    Is it an absolute requirement???? i mean, should i read it b4 i think of Microsoft?? or

    Should i just read through to understand how a programmer should be?

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    Stitch 2.0

    No, it's not a requirement. It's more the other way around. IF you read it, and IF you are able to understand it FULLY, you should send your resumé directly to Bill...

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