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Updated Nov 19, 2018
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Research Interview

Anonymous Employee
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Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft in February 2016.

Interview

A phone interview that covers the candidates own research, a discussion about the potential project, and a brief coding question. First, the candidate needs to describe his own research experience. Detailed questions about the past research projects were extensively asked. Be prepared about sharing future plans of ongoing research as well. Then, the interviewer introduces the candidates potential projects. The candidate is encouraged to ask questions about the project. Lastly, a brief coding question is asked. The level of difficulty is considered below average.

Interview Questions

  • They asked me how I would perform the user study for an ongoing research project, which I had not thought much about — that was very challenging at the moment.   Answer Question

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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    It was a three month long process. I was asked by my mentor to review a lot of research papers and send him over the review comments. In addition, since the research project I worked on was primarily based on my brainchild idea, I had to convince him that the idea should work in reality and I can demonstrate a proof of concept by the end of the internship.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. How confident are you to give a demonstration of proof of concept by the end of your internship?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I didnt think about negotiation. Landing with an internship at MSR was a big deal for me.. that too without any reference. Moreover, the salary is quite high!


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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in January 2014.

    Interview

    I received an email from a researcher at MSR saying he would like to talk on Skype. We talked for around 10-15 mins mostly describing the problem they had for me to work on. I was only asked whether I am interested or not and of course I was. My expertise was what they were looking for. Received another email the same day offering the internship and asking for my prefers starting day.

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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Los Angeles, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    they asked me about my past projects, basically questions from my CV. Not too hard, just want to know what you have done (what is the project look like). and then introduce the project they were considering to me.

    Interview Questions

    • details about my past projects   1 Answer


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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Boston, MA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    just briefing through my research, i go over my research and propose ideas and plans . And they said ok. So I just got an offer. And nothing more than that. Hope this is helpful. I would like to tell more. But i do not have

    Interview Questions

    • What is your research   Answer Question


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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    You need to submit your CV and wait for researchers to contact you about the interview. The interview is purely based on your research background and hands on experiences. They would also explain their expectation about you for their research projects.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about your recent published paper   Answer Question


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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    They ask various questions about your general research and the problems you are currently working on. They also ask various hard technical questions related to your research area, so they can understand if you have a strong grasp of the research literature. They are also interested in coding projects you have worked in the past (especially if you apply for a very technical project). You basically have to showcase that you are a great hacker + have great research skills (through papers, talks, etc).

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your contribution in one of your main papers, and how it compares with the state of the art. Then a lot of discussion on it, why you did things a certain way, etc.   Answer Question


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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in March 2014.

    Interview

    A manager contacted me from MSFT and informed me that they are looking for research interns. I had two interviews. One coding interview and one data science interview. The coding interview was not very challenging however the data science interview was hard!
    I got an e-mail about a week after my last interview with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • I cannot disclose any explicit information about the questions. However I can suggest people who are interviewing for data scientist-like positions to do a quick review of popular statistical techniques and be prepare to answer questions like So why this method work? or Can you sketch a proof of why this method work?. Be creative and do not be afraid to answer questions with out-of-box thinking. There are many good sources online for interview questions for data scientists. You can review the most common questions in a day. So do it! Itll pay off.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. The salary and benefits are very generous.

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    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    Phone interview then in person interview. The phone interview was brief and just went over resume. The in person interview was more in depth and asked standard behavioral questions. It also included questions about what to do in certain situations. Interviewers were nice and helpful.They asked many questions about personality, strengths and weaknesses.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your greatest weakness?   Answer Question


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    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    The interview consists of two days of one hour 1 on 1 interviews at Microsoft research. You meet with a number of researchers in your own area and also with a few research managers, some of which may be only tangentially related to your area. You also give a presentation that can be attended by all of microsoft research.

    Interview Questions

    • What problems will you work on if you come here?   Answer Question


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