Steps to a Successful Application - Some handy hints and tips!

Hi Guys! With theIntern Application deadline closing in fast, we thought thattoday we would repost our popularblog about the application process and hopefully we cangive you a few hints and tips as you embark on your Microsoft journey.We have asked a few other interns to give their insight into the process too, and we have all been through the process, so hopefully we can give you some pretty helpful tips.

Application Form:

Make sure you leave plenty of time to complete your application form. Have a look at the questions online and copy them into a word document, and work on them in there. The best answers are the ones that have been given lots of consideration on exactly WHY Microsoft and WHY you. Really think about the role you are applying for and do your research on it. Use this blog and search the archives to get insights from last year’s interns on their job roles. Get someone to read through your answers before you submit them; you don’t want to submit an application littered with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.

Online Tests:

Practice! Practice! Practice! The best way to feel comfortable taking these tests and build your confidence with them is to do as many practice ones as you can. SHL Direct is a great site to look on and is recommended by Microsoft, but other sites are great too. When taking the tests, have a *notepad and pen at the ready *to work out the answers, and if you get stuck, don’t dwell on it too much. Move onto the next question and try your best on that one.

Telephone Interview:

A telephone interview can be a nerve-wracking prospect, but if you prepare then there is nothing to worry about. Get yourself into the right kind of environment; somewhere quiet where no one will disturb you. When the phone rings, there is no doubt that your heart will begin to race, but take a deep breath, answer calmly and be friendly. They like personality! And be prepared. Make sure you know Microsoft’s competencies and have examples of how you have demonstrated them in the past. Getting involved with societies and projects at university is a great way to get real life experience that you can draw on in both the telephone interview and the assessment centre. And don’t worry about awkward silences; there will be times where the interviewer has to write things down, and these pauses give you a great time to take a couple of deep breaths and *consider *what else you would like to say.

Assessment Centre:

Make sure you are relaxed for the day ahead. If you are unsure of whether you will make it on time in the morning, don’t hesitate to stay in a hotel the night before. You don’t want to be turning up to the assessment centre already stressed! The HR team here at Microsoft do everything they can to calm your nerves *and make you feel comfortable so that you can perform to the best that you can. On the day, everything is explained to you in full detail, so you will be left in no doubt of what is expected of you. *Research *is also your best friend here, although it is important at other stages too. But you must know a lot about Microsoft, the roles and of course, yourself. The best thing to do is *just enjoy it and make sure your personality shines through, although that is sometimes easier said than done! And don’t forget to dress to impress!

Offer:

Whether the outcome is successful or not, you should always ask for feedback. It’s great to know what exactly went well and where you can improve for next time. It may take up to 10 days for them to get back to you, but don’t worry if you don’t hear something in the first couple of days. They want to make sure you are placed in the right role and in the right company, after all, you will be here for a year and they want you to get the most out of it.

And don’t forget, what makes you makes Microsoft, so be sure to be yourself all the way through the process and they will be sure to recognise and appreciate this. It’s what they are looking for!

Good luck everyone! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below and we will help you as much as we can :).

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