Be Your Future FY16 Introductions

Hello Future Interns of Microsoft and readers of the Be Your Future Blog,

It is that time of the year again when students return to universities from their summer vacations with a fresh state of mind and also it’swhen theapplication process for the majority of companies open. If you are reading this article at the moment, it means that you are considering applying for an internship or graduate position at Microsoft. Well, you are on the right track!

However, for some of us getting through the application process can be a nerve-racking thing which is why we asked our new team of interns behind the blog to share their views and tips in order for you to get the most out of your application experience with Microsoft.

Jack White – Windows and Devices for Integrated Marcoms EMEA

Hello there! My name is Jack and I am the Project Lead for the BYF Blog for FY16 (financial year). For me, there are a few things that really stuck out for me in the application process:

  • Be yourself! : I think it’s true to say Microsoft hires a certain type of person, it’s imperative to get your personality across in the interviews as it’s well received.
  • Be open-minded: My role changed after just one week, and I’m happier than I could’ve ever hoped to be! There’s so many opportunities here, and the best people to recognise where you fit best. Listen to them and be prepared to adjust
  • Be pro-active: Microsoft values ‘do-ers’. Research the company, research your role and research the area of the business you are going into. It goes a long way!

Patti Piguing – Product/ Business Manager, RARE


My name is Patti Piguing and I am this year’s Promotion lead for the BYF team. My one application advice I can give you is to be open minded when it comes to the roles that you apply for or that you may accept later on. I wouldn’t call myself a gamer and didn’t even consider the industry as a possibility. However in my first couple of months, I cannot picture myself working on anything else! I found my love for working on social media marketing and the gaming community of which I would not have learned without stepping out of my comfort zone and accepting the opportunities at hand.

Dan Edwards – Program Manager, BING


Hey, my name is Dan, one of the Tech Leads for BYF and I applied in November 2014 for a Software Development Role. I applied to Microsoft not expecting to get anywhere but low and behold I am now employed as an intern. My main advice to any new applicants is:

  • Be open about your chosen role. I am actually working as a Program Manager for BING, which is not what I applied for. I was chosen specifically for this role after my Skype interview with the staffing team. So what I will say is be open to a change in your chosen role. Microsoft know what they are doing and are very good at choosing the right person for the right role.
  • I would also recommend being concise and correct in all your information you give on your application and also be honest, don’t tell them what they want to hear as that won’t set you apart from the others.

Martin Prenerov- Associate Account Manager, BING Premium


Hi, I’m Martin and I’m one of the Content Leads on the blog. It feels like it was just yesterday when I applied to Microsoft to do an internship. I totally agree with Dan and Patti about being open-minded when it comes to your role. In such a massive organisation, don’t expect to be doing the same thing every day because you’ll given so much exposure. Another thing I recommend is time management. Being at university, we as students are involved with a lot of things, from focusing on studies, having a social life and also trying to apply for internships or graduate positions. Do apply early and allow yourself enough time to fill the application form in the best way possible.

Kewin Dereniewicz- Software Engineer, RARE


Hey! My name is Kewin. I am one of the Video Leads for the blog. I can’t really stress enough how amazing it is to work here. Everyone is so positive and helpful. I have only been here for a while but I already learned a lot and met amazing people. I also just recently became Video Lead for the BYF team. We have some amazing videos coming soon so stay tuned. When you apply make sure to express what you love to do, what cool projects have you done or what you are working on recently. You can always obtain skills – but passion is priceless!

Antonios Anagnostou- Software Engineer, BING


My name is Antonios and I’m one of the Tech Leads of the blog and. Being a student abroad – back in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece, I have to be honest when saying that when applying for the position, I was feeling that the chances I actually get the position were very low. However, I cannot stress enough how important it is to overcome any hesitations you have, as being an intern at Microsoft is one of the greatest and most exciting challenges you would ever experience. My advice for you would be:

  • Be confident about your skills and put forward why you belong in this organisation. After all, it’s a very exciting time for everyone in Microsoft, and our motto “come as you are, do what you love” could not depict better this organisation’s culture

Enjoy this journey: apply soon and be open about who you are

Sylvia Jacqueline Inge Quenet- Business Analyst, XBOX


My name is Sylvia and I am one of the Content Lead team members for this very blog. My top application tips would be:

  • Do your research and be passionate! Indeed, recruiters want to see this particular spark in you, your motivation to work here and knowing Microsoft’s products really help. And what a better place than the Be Your Future blog to do so?
  • Always be yourself as well as you are recruited not only for your skills, or your potential to develop certain ones, but also for you as a person

Laura- Jane Ellard- Education Marketing


Hey everyone! I’m Laura and I am a Content Lead for Be Your Future FY16. For me, Microsoft definitely stood out as a very different placement to the rest that I applied for, mostly because they really do value you as a person and so I can’t recommend it enough! My top tips for applying would be:

  • Get to know the company – the application process is as much to do with you getting to know the company as it is for them getting to know you, so make sure you take the opportunity to ask questions and figure out where would be the best fit for you
  • Make sure you’re passionate – As much as they look for the amazing things you’ve done, skills can be built upon, but passion is something you need to come with. If you show willingness and enthusiasm to learn and explore, you will no doubt succeed and have great fun whilst doing so!

Jordan Lipman- Education Marketing


Hey! My name’s Jordan and I’m the video lead for the BYF blog in FY16. I would like to share a few important things I learnt about the application process to Microsoft – I hope it helps!

  • Firstly, it’s extremely important to make sure you have the right attitude going into the process. It doesn’t matter what university you go to, what degree you do, or what experience you have – if you come across as a hard-working, friendly person who wants to learn, you stand as much chance to get a job as anyone!
  • Secondly, I think it’s a good idea to just focus on each stage at a time, and try not to worry about the whole process. I know this might not work for everyone, but I just felt like taking the process one step at a time really helped to keep my head clear, and kept me focused right through to the end.

Jennifer Caust – Commercial Marcom Manager, CMO (Microsoft Marketing Stream)


Hello there! I’ll be one of the video makers for this blog, working hard to make your internship research as comfy and entertaining as possible. When I applied to Microsoft I found the following tips valuable:

  • You don’t necessarily need previous work experience to get an internship. Just find ways of motivating that you’ve got the key personality traits required for the job role by relating to experiences where you’ve used them, even if it was just on a holiday.
  • Spend some time doing industry research, during the application process it can be good to show that you understand the current market and the bigger picture of what the company is doing.
  • Have you ever thought CV’s look a bit dull? Try searching ‘designed CV’ on Bing images. Don’t go too mad on colours, but if you (or a friend) have an eye for graphic design, some layout changes can really make your CV stand out from the crowd.

Xander Barnes – Software Engineer Working in GTOE


On a daily basis I work on creating bespoke testing software, tools and automation of gameplay.

Interview advice, try not get to nervous and be confident the managers are looking for people they think they can work with for a whole year, so be yourself. For Software Engineers you will have a coding test somake sure you explain your thoughts andnot just write the answer as they willwant to see the logic behind the answer. Finally make sure you know the basics as they can ask you anything.

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We would like to wish everyone good luck and hopefully we will see you in Microsoft!

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