25 tricky Microsoft interview questions you don’t want to be asked

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Microsoft is one of the biggest tech companies in the world.

But in order to get a job there, you’llhave to answer some tricky questions first.

We’ve compiled some of the toughest Microsoft interview questions available on Glassdoor. Whether you’re looking for a programming job or a position doing marketing, Microsoft’s interview questions will give you a run for your money.


“Devise a way to make sure there is always milk in my fridge.” – Summer intern candidate

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“Show us an example with a website with great design.” – User Experience Design candidate

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“How would you determine if a deck of cards is well or poorly shuffled?” – Software Development Engineer candidate

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“Why would you not join Google?” – Senior Business Development Manager candidate

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“Write a program to simulate the writing of a ransom note given a magazine from which letters can be extracted.” – Software Engineer candidate

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“What did you think about Microsoft’s decision to launch Office products on the iPhone?” – Senior Business Planner candidate

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“Why are manholes round?” – Software Development Engineer candidate


“How do you design a shuttle system to use within the Microsoft campus?” – Program manager candidate

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“The infamous “clock hands” question — how many times do the hour and minute hands of a clock overlap in a 24 hour period?” – Software Development Engineer candidate

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Huawei Watch. Also pictured: My scrawny wrists.
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Matt Weinberger

“Situational based: Your sales rep has messed up a sales quote with a long time customer, how will you use your influence to turn things around?” – Senior Consultant candidate

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“How would you solve slow start up issues on a laptop/computer?” – Customer service advisor candidate

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“Explain recursion to a 5-year-old kid.” – Software Engineer candidate

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“Tell me how you would design an airport” – Program Manager candidate

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“Given the time, how do you determine the angle between the hour and minute handle of the clock?” Software Development Engineer candidate

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“How do you form relationships with team members who work out of state or the country?” Executive Business Administrator candidate

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“Design a GPS for a 16 year old.” – Product Manager candidate

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“Describe a difficult co-worker relationship.” – Senior Program Manager candidate

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“Build a list of all words in a novel as well as a count of duplicate words” – Software Development Engineer candidate

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“If you were in an elevator with the CEO of a company how would you explain the cloud in 90 seconds?” – Technical Account Manager candidate

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“If you were standing in a crowd of people, how would you stand out?” – Site Manager candidate

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“Your device has a stylus. How do you store it? How do you charge it? What kind of things can you use it for?” – Mechanical Design Engineer candidate

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“Design the research plan for a brand new wearable product.” – Design Researcher candidate

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“If you had a choice between two superpowers (being invisible, or flying) which would you choose?” – High Level Product Lead candidate

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“The most unexpected questioning was from a female manager who wanted my specific experiences with sexism and misogyny in the workplace. She asked me many variations along this line of questioning.” – Program Manager candidate

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“How would you guide your grandmother if her PC wasn’t working?” – Support Engineer candidate

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