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Ready to submit your application? Here’s some helpful information to get you started.

Can I withdraw an application if I change my mind?

Yes, if you change your mind about a particular job, you may withdraw your application for that job.

How do I check on the status of my application(s)?

We receive thousands of resumes per day and there is no set time frame in which to contact candidates; it is dependent on volume and urgency to fill the position. Please be assured that if you submitted your resume, it will remain in our database for consideration for future opportunities. All of our recruiters have access to the resume database.

When a position opens, a recruiter queries the database for applicants who have applied to the position and meet the basic qualifications. Once you are considered for a position, a member of the staffing organization will contact you directly to conduct a phone interview and discuss next steps. Please make sure that all relevant experience is in your resume!

How do I make an accommodation request?

If you need an accommodation during the application process, such as our web page not working with your assistive technology, let us know and we will make sure you get the help you need.

Make an accommodation request

How will I be evaluated for a job at Microsoft?

We will carefully assess your application, resume, and experience related to the job for which you’re applying. We’ll also consider you for other openings that might match your background and expertise. If you are being considered for a job, a recruiter will contact you for an interview.

Student or graduate applications

We offer employment programs for students and graduates in many locations.

Learn more about our programs and apply

What’s the best way to submit my application?

We prefer to receive applications electronically. If you store your resumes in our online system, the information you provide will be retained and you can update it any time. Your application and resume should summarize your education, accomplishments, and employment history, plus any other information you think we should know.

Ethnicity/race definitions

When you apply for a U.S.-based job with Microsoft (including Puerto Rico), the government requires that we ask for information about your ethnicity/race.

You may choose all options that apply based on how you self-identify your ethnicity/race.


Hispanic or Latino(a): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.


  • African American or Black: A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Caucasian or White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
  • Multi-racial: All persons who identify with more than one of the ethnicity/race options.
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.