Microsoft Internship Interview Process – SMSG Intern – Mahima Singh
Mahima Singh, SMSG Intern, Microsoft shares her experience in this brief interview
Please tell us about your Interview/Selection procedure (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
The selection procedure comprised of 3 rounds. The first round was based on resume shortlisting. We were also asked to fill a form which comprised generic questions related to extra-curriculars. The eligibility criteria as informally informed was a minimum of 90% in 10th and 12th boards and 70% in college. The second round was a case-based GD. We were expected to operate as a team and come up with pitch for selling the Windows phone in a specific location with accessibility issues.
We weren’t expected to possess any particular technical knowledge, however it is always better to have a good understanding of technology. It was a test of communication skills and how creative you may be. The third round was the PI. In my case, it mostly revolved around my resume. Almost everything that I had done in my college life so far was inquired. Besides, they gave me a few marketing and sales cases to strategize on. They also asked me a few questions pertaining to the business and operations of Microsoft in India.
What makes this company different from other firms?
Microsoft is the software giant of today. It is one of the finest non-technical internships in NSIT. It allows you to work front-end alongside some of the smartest minds in the country.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
I did not prepare anything. Cracking through a non-technical internship is more related to what you’ve done in college the last two years. Being an active member of the Debating Society and the Finance and Economics Society did add a lot to me. Besides, I did participate in many competitions such as case studies, debating events, MUNs, business plans, marketing and PR competitions. At the same time, it is extremely important to maintain a decent 70+ percentage. I have always had seniors to correctly guide me and that made a huge difference. For a non-technical career, one must correctly select their ECAs and work on them. You’ll see yourself growing and chasing the better with every initiative that you undertake.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?
Academics play a huge role especially during internships. It is always better to have a 70+ percentage. Once you’ve cleared the eligibility criteria, it’s all about the person you are and what you’ve done so far.
Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?
We have not been provided a lot of details yet. We would be assigned one from amongst the marketing, sales or service groups division of Microsoft India.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
Explore as much as you can. There’s no limit to the number of amazing things you may end up discovering. Figure out your interests correctly and be passionate in pursuing them. Don’t do anything just for the heck of it; you must see yourself moving forward both professionally and personally. Focus on academics coz everything other than your percentage can be recovered. And other than that, just chill! There’s no end to the number of opportunities out there. A ‘slightly’ screwed up percentage or a failure in any initiative will not be a deterrent as long as what you’re aiming for is the best thing for you!