I just had a phone interview with MS. It was fine. But that is not the same as being there in person.
I interviewed recently for a startup in the Bay Area started by three MS employees of long standing and who were hugely successful with a previous startup. They were a bunch of pompous, holier-than-thou, and "we-are-so-much-smarter-than-you" pricks. I didn't
go back to the second, final interview.
That's my XP with MS-related interviews.
What a load of crap. Like Microsoft's interviewing has some sort of science behind it....[snip, snip, snip]...DO NOT come to Microsoft to interview unless you are a masochist.
We recently had someone apply for a senior development position. She asked as a minimum salary of $150K! Her background (as listed in her resume) included things like bus driver, janitor, Kmart register checkout person...
Zippy - that's a really good question. You're right ... we do get a lot of people who apply for positions well beyond their experience and that's always amusing. Things like: "I believe that my 5 years as Lead Cook at IHOP has prepared me for the opening
as the Director of Windows." And people are serious.
As for corporate spies ... wow, that's a good one. Honestly, I've never thought about that. Kinda like "secret shoppers," huh?
A couple years ago, it was trendy to make one of those human billboards that read "Hire me" or "Will Code for Food" and then stand on the street corner near MS. For some reason (and I have no idea why), I was the person typically assigned to greeting them
and talking to them about Microsoft. Never a dull moment ...
I was just thinking that if they use a tripod maybe there would be less shake and all. I use a tripod when I make videos and it works well. Also, some cameras come with a remote so you can zoom in and out without having to touch the camera, etc.
mhawley: agreed. Doing demos on screen is pretty tough with these low-end cameras we use.
I didn't shoot these but it's hard cause the focus doesn't work well when zoomed in.
I've been working on this and future videos will improve somewhat. The problem is we do all this stuff with one take, no professional equipment, and no professional camera crew. Excuses excuses, I know.
And if you want to move the camera closer (to get around the zooming/focus problem) you get a lot of camera shake.
Not easy. I have new-found respect for professional videographers.
No kidding! That was ridiculous. The camera person was recording the laptop like it was an interview with a person -- you don't often zoom in on the dude's nose, right? Well, next time zoom in on the dialogs so that we can see what they heck is going
Also, I liked the firewall stuff that I heard. Sounds like MS at the same old game of copying what other companies do that seem to work. I hope that instead of just copying other companies' ideas, MS improves on them...takes them one (or more) step(s) further.
Oh well, if makes Windows better and safeer, so be it.