Getting into Microsoft and bagging a Program Manager position, that marries software expertise and management skills, is a highly sought after position by various b-school students, especially General Engineering Male (GEMs). In this highly detailed interview, Naman describes the complex and thorough process that he underwent to get selected for a summer internship and finally get a PPO, with his dream IT company - Microsoft. Here's how he did it!
Summary of the video:
Wondering how Microsoft hires top talent? What is the complete procedure that the company follows to hire Summer Interns from India's top business schools? How many rounds of selection exist, and how do you prepare yourself in such a competitive environment for a position with Microsoft? And finally, what are the things to keep in mind before and during the internship to get that PPO?
In this video, Naman Agrawal, a part of XLRI’s PGP Class of 2020, describes how he made it to Microsoft as a Summer Intern and finally bagged a PPO. From working at Infosys for 3 years and deciding to study an MBA to zeroing in on companies like Microsoft, Google, etc as dream companies, Naman tells all. He describes his interview experience with Microsoft in detail, and shares his ecstasy upon being selected. Naman shares with us his unforgettable selection process. He talks about the process he followed to prepare for internship interviews, and how he tackled unforeseen challenges in the interview process.
Naman talks about his interesting interview experience and how he managed to connect with his interviewer. He talks about how one needs to engage the interviewer too. He speaks of how he thinks this helped him bag the interview.
Further, Naman shares his pre-internship prep and tells us how he kept up with news and trends before the internship started. He takes us through the salient points of his internship and tells us how and why he received and accepted a PPO from Microsoft. He gives some invaluable advice on how to convert ones’ internship into a PPO.
Here are a few key takeaways from Naman's interview that one must keep in mind:
1. Research about the company and the roles you’re interested in before the summer internship process starts.
2. Be aware of the trends and news in your preferred industry.
3. Have confidence in your abilities!
4. Interviewers want to know the clarity of your thoughts and your problem solving skills.
5. Keep up with news and trends about your company after getting an internship.
6. Communication is an important skill.
7. Problem solving is an important skill.