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Are there Microsoft certification requirements to work at Microsoft?

Microsoft certifications are considered and in some cases required. When you apply, we look at all your qualifications including certifications. Experience, education, technical aptitude, and interview results are all components we consider.

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Do I need to speak English fluently to work at Microsoft?

English is the language we use to conduct business around the world, though you may also need to be fluent in the local language of the country where your position is located.

Do you offer job shadowing or short-term work experience?

At this time, we do not offer any job shadowing or short-term work experience.

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Do you offer relocation assistance?

The best advice is to apply for jobs as you normally would. If a recruiter contacts you about a job, let the recruiter know about your relocation requirements. If that particular position does not have an international relocation budget available, the recruiter may also be able to assist you in finding similar jobs that do.

Does Microsoft do background checks?

Yes, we perform background checks on all new hires before their start date. A typical background check will verify employment and education and include a criminal record check. For certain positions, we may also perform a credit check.

Does Microsoft provide medical coverage?

You are able to enroll your eligible family members, including your same-sex domestic partner, in medical and dental coverage, dependent life insurance, and AD&D coverage starting on day 1. If another health plan is available for the spouse, benefits are coordinated such that your Microsoft plan provides secondary coverage.

How do I find job requirements for a position?

To understand the requirements for any position, we recommend that you search for the position you are interested in, and review the job description for the types of requirements and skills required or desired.

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I was contacted by an organization or individual claiming to act on behalf of Microsoft. Is this legitimate?

We are aware of some incidents whereby certain organizations or individuals, claiming to act on behalf of Microsoft, have contacted potential job seekers or candidates and made false offers or promises of employment with Microsoft. These false offers or promises of employment have also involved requests to the potential job seekers or candidates for payment of money against ‘fees’ on account of placement fee, application fee, caution deposit, etc.

Please note that Microsoft (including any authorized agencies or firms that conduct recruitment on its behalf) do not, under any circumstances, require money or payment from applicants during the recruitment process. Any such false job or employment related communications, whether requiring payment of money or not, that appear to originate from Microsoft are unauthorized and fraudulent in nature. These could originate from fictitious or misleading email addresses, sites, portals or online social or professional networking sites. Such false or fraudulent communications may also be printed on forged Microsoft letterheads and stationery, refer to Microsoft’s office address or be copied to a Microsoft email ID. You are advised not to respond to such fraudulent and unauthorized communications or offers from such persons. You are also advised to notify us of any such incidents. If you are the victim of such fraudulent offers or promises of employment, please report it and file a complaint with the relevant police authorities. Microsoft will provide all reasonable cooperation, as required by you or the police authorities, in pursuance of your complaint.

What are the work visa requirements for non-U.S. residents?

All non-U.S. residents require a U.S. work visa (H1B). If you receive an offer from Microsoft, we will cover all costs for visa processing and approval. There are many jobs for which the company might be able to sponsor visas, depending on the requirements of the job and the qualifications of the candidate. We currently have many employees who are foreign nationals. Please feel free to apply to any jobs you think you are qualified for, and if the role is appropriate for foreign nationals and you are qualified for the job, you will hear from the recruiter to proceed with the interview process and visa evaluation.

What is the minimum age to work at Microsoft?

Microsoft is required to follow federal and state law, so the minimum age for employment is 14, and anyone under the age of 18 is subject to restricted hours.

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What is the most common mistake you see applicants make?

For most recruiters, it’s the key details that people seem to forget most often. It’s simple really, but don’t leave your graduation date or other important information (phone number and/or email) off of your resume. Graduation date is very important for us to get a sense of how far along you should be in school. Contact information is important so we can contact you.

Beyond the initial application process, candidates can sometimes block their own path to success. The best advice we can give you to avoid this is simple. Be yourself! Applicants will sometimes approach the interview process with what they think an interviewer wants to hear, and they’ll try to make sure they fit the mold they’ve imagined we’re looking for. Bad mistake! The best thing you can show us during interviews is the real you. It’s always encouraged to approach each interview like a discussion with a current co-worker or teammate. Don’t try to demonstrate a skill you have only a rudimentary understanding of—talk about what you know, and let your passion shine through!

What is the rehire process for former Microsoft employees?

The application process for a former Microsoft employee is the same as for other candidates.

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Additionally, if you have friends working at Microsoft, you may contact them and see if they are willing to submit your name through our Employee Referral program.

Where can I find information about salaries?

Microsoft pays salaries that are competitive in the marketplace. To learn more, we recommend that you check published salary studies and other references for the salary levels of the various job categories and skills which you are researching.

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Will I have opportunities for training and development after I am hired?

Absolutely. Continuous learning, both formal and informal, is a key component of Microsoft employee career development. We offer more than 2000 courses, taught by instructors from leading educational institutions online, virtually, and in classrooms worldwide.