Every year, two million people apply to work at Microsoft Corporation, headquartered in Redmond, Washington. And the company’s hiring process is designed to select for only the best-qualified employees with the right “fit”. How can you boost your odds of getting hired at Microsoft?
FastCompany’s Lydia Dishman interviews Chuck Edward, head of global talent acquisition, in “I’m Microsoft’s Head Of Talent: Here’s How To Get Hired”, in March 2018. Edward says the last three to five years have seen a transformation in the Microsoft workforce, so even if you’ve applied to Microsoft in the past you would do well to review their recent practices.
Here are three tips which highlight strategies for improving your odds of success in joining the world’s largest software company.
One: Have a top-notch LinkedIn Profile
In addition to resumes coming in to be considered, Edward says there are hundreds of recruiters all over the world mining data, particularly through LinkedIn, which the company recently acquired. “There’s a lot of talk in the industry about AI and bots, but I don’t see them replacing recruiters anytime soon,” Edward contends, and Microsoft’s human recruiters are doing the heavy lifting using LinkedIn and other tools as a primary way to find talented people with the skills they’re looking to add–who may not even be actively seeking a new job. The key to be discovered is to brush up your skills bucket and make sure to highlight projects or career development experiences that showcase your continual learning on the job.
Two: Demonstrate curiosity and openness to learning in your behavioral interview
Edward says this is a traditional behavioral-based screening with questions designed to look at the candidate’s technical aptitude if they are going for a tech job, or other aptitude if it’s a role in a different area of the company. At this point, the recruiter is looking carefully to see if the candidate displayed leadership behavior in the past and if they are curious. Edward underscores that a key cultural attribute at Microsoft is curiosity and openness to learning. That includes how they recover from mistakes, and how they show grit and resilience.
Three: Possess self-awareness of what you want in a job
Edward says that overall, it’s more important to Microsoft’s hiring managers to see a candidate demonstrate a self-awareness of what they are looking for in a new job, and why they might find it at the company.
For the full article, see FastCompany.