Interviewing with Microsoft : Part 1 – Getting Noticed
Posted by anirudhsaraf on April 6, 2008
I remember saying in one of my earlier posts that I wish Microsoft would hire me without a degree :). Guess what, they did just that. They gave me an offer for an internship on the OneNote team this summer. Woot !!
So, how do you get that coveted intern spot at Microsoft? The first thing you need to do is get an interview. You are lucky if you are in one of the many colleges Microsoft recruits at, but if not what do you do? You try and get noticed !! If you love programming, I am sure there are many projects you work on, many “geeky” activities you undertake. While your friends are getting drunk on Friday nights, you are perhaps cloistered in your room debugging that program which is so close to working. Its 4 am in the morning and your program finally worked. Do you just give yourself the smug smile and move on? Wait, there is another important thing you need to do – tell others about it !! Don’t forget this absolutely essential part. You may be the best programmer, but if nobody knows it, you ain’t getting any job offers.
A simple way to share your achievements is through a blog. Note, I am not talking about starting a blog which shows pictures of you in a drunken state, but a blog which shows your knowledge. Here you can show your knowledge, talk about your projects and get feedback from the community. More importantly, your blog will help you network and get noticed by potential employers.
Other ways to get noticed are by leaving “intelligent” comments on other people’s blogs. A lot of Microsoft people have their own blogs and leaving insightful comments can also help you get noticed.
So go ahead, start your blog ( there are many free blogging services), talk about your projects and about your insights into programming, and sooner or later (if you are worthy 😉 ) you’ll get that interview call. But just remember, don’t do it for the interview call, do it for your passion of programming.