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To help you prepare for a Microsoft job interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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How would you handle the job-related stress that comes with working in a fast-paced environment here at Microsoft?

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Life at Microsoft can entail a very fast-paced environment due to the quick pace when new and innovative products are put to market. If hired at Microsoft, there is a good chance that the role you are interviewing for will pull you in several directions on the job and this can cause a great deal of stress for any person. In asking this question, your interviewer is ideally looking to hear that you can stay calm, cool, and collected when faced with stress on the job. As you answer, talk about your ability to prioritize work and take your tasks one at a time to ensure that you are giving every task its full attention. As well, be sure to talk about ways that you stay organized in your work, and don't hesitate to give an example of a time where you had to work under a great deal of pressure.

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35 Microsoft Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. How would you handle the job-related stress that comes with working in a fast-paced environment here at Microsoft?

      How to Answer

      Life at Microsoft can entail a very fast-paced environment due to the quick pace when new and innovative products are put to market. If hired at Microsoft, there is a good chance that the role you are interviewing for will pull you in several directions on the job and this can cause a great deal of stress for any person. In asking this question, your interviewer is ideally looking to hear that you can stay calm, cool, and collected when faced with stress on the job. As you answer, talk about your ability to prioritize work and take your tasks one at a time to ensure that you are giving every task its full attention. As well, be sure to talk about ways that you stay organized in your work, and don't hesitate to give an example of a time where you had to work under a great deal of pressure.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I handle stress well on the job and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand, doing my best to keep from being distracted. This means that when engrossed with a task, I stay away from email until the work is complete. Staying on deadline is helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Not faster than _____. Day at a time, prioritize work, negotiate work that can slide. Otherwise, work evening, weekend. Used to say I did my best work at 2 am, older, need 7 hours of sleep."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      Stress is inevitable in the workplace. It's important to use this opportunity to showcase your ability to face stressful situations head-on. You can strengthen your response by providing a specific example of how you've handled stress well in the past, or telling about a time when increased pressure actually helped you work more productively. This illustrates your ability to transform stress into action, successfully turning a negative into a positive, to accomplish your goal.

  • Behavioral

    2. If a team member or colleague wasn't pulling their weight at Microsoft, how would you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      Inspired teamwork through a family-like setting is something that Microsoft prides itself on in all that they do. In even the best of team-based atmospheres, it is inevitable that you will come across a teammate that isn't working to the best of their abilities. It is important to understand that this can happen for many reasons, whether that be burnout from an overloaded work schedule or simply a person not caring about their job. In asking this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are able to handle a situation like this with a direct approach. As well, they'll want to know that you can do so with respect and a forward vision for the project. If you have an example of a time where you dealt with an educator or colleague in a situation like this, don't hesitate to talk about how you handled it with ease and success.

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      1st Answer Example

      "In just about any modern-day workplace, a true team effort is a must. Every person involved has a specific role to play, and I know mine. If a team member wasn't doing the necessary work or giving the necessary information, as a leader, I would first approach them directly in a one-on-one situation to reset my expectations for them as part of the project. I wouldn't place blame. I would listen to them and absorb what they were saying to me. Ultimately I would stay positive. I'd stress just how critical their involvement was to the team and that our direction goes as the people driving it goes, and if they lacked support in some way, then we would resolve that issue."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would talk to them. I actually had this type of situation in my current position. A team member needed help with completing their job. So I created a checklist for the things they needed to check for."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good communication is a key component of resolving conflict and helping others improve performance through constructive feedback. However, you can give your answer more impact by using an example of how you've addressed a similar issue in the past in a positive way. Make sure to emphasize the resolution rather than the conflict itself. You can also explain the lessons you learned from the experience.

  • Behavioral

    3. Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had while working in a team environment. What made it so satisfying?

      How to Answer

      Microsoft prides their workplace on their 'One Microsoft' mindset, where they truly act as a family of individuals united by a single, shared mission. To do this, teamwork is vital. With this question, your interviewer at Microsoft ideally wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or project collaboration. An example may be a time when you worked on a team project during your college experience or a recent work collaboration. Discuss the positive results of teamwork and how you attained a positive outcome as a group. Don't hesitate to talk about the role that you played in that team environment to show your interviewer how you work effectively as part of a larger team.

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      1st Answer Example

      "My software development team was not getting along a few years ago, so I reached out to an external team-building consulting service. With their help, we organized a day full of development exercises that were meant to draw our team closer to each other by developing a sense of trust and camaraderie. This experience was incredibly rewarding because I saw relationships and bonds quickly form. I had a plan in place for keeping the momentum over time, which has also worked well to this day. Looking back, trust and communication were huge issues on this team and I learned that these two things can be fostered with a little effort."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "The first team that I joined out of college was the most rewarding team-based environment that I have been a part of. My organization at the time promoted a highly collaborative environment where communication was always open, people were rewarded for their accomplishments, and teams were built based on individual strengths. The team that I worked in had a strong sense of community where we all felt secure in sharing our thoughts and ideas. We had fun at work and outside of work together and this helped build trust in each other. From what I've heard about working at Microsoft, I would love to come to work in your family environment."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Manish"

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      Amanda Knight

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      This is a very brief answer. Give the interviewer more insight into what motivates you by talking in more detail about your most rewarding experience in a team setting. Why did you enjoy it? What made your team succeed? What did you accomplish?

  • Behavioral

    4. How do you handle critique, constraints, and new information in the work that you do?

      How to Answer

      This stress-based question is designed to show the interviewers at Microsoft how you approach changing your work at a moment's notice, how you react to tight deadlines, and how you incorporate last-minute information that could potentially change the course of your work. Your ability to be agile in your work is critical for success at Microsoft. If possible as you answer, talk to your interviewer about a time when a significant change occurred on the job for you in the past. Talk about how you handled the situation to keep up with positive results.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have mastered giving and receiving feedback without emotion since receiving critical feedback 15 years ago. I can now give and receive constructive feedback and encourage open dialog. All feedback is a gift, even if given poorly. Constraints, COVID-19, deadlines with fewer resources - come up with a workable solution that everyone agrees to. I can receive new information as well as react to change quickly."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      It sounds like you appreciate constructive criticism that helps you improve your performance. Because this is a situational question, it's best answered using an example. Talk about a time when you had to respond to criticism, work within constraints, and adapt based on new information. You can use one example or 3 separate scenarios to make sure you address each aspect of the question. In each scenario, make sure to talk about the skills or tools you used as well as the positive outcome.

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  • Direct

    5. What is Microsoft's company mission, and what does it mean to you?

      How to Answer

      Microsoft's corporate mission is 'to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.' Microsoft is all about the empowerment of people and organizations throughout the whole world. Before your interview, try to memorize Microsoft's company mission so you can earn bonus points by reciting it to your interview. To go the extra mile in your answer, explain what this means to you in the work that you would be doing in this role. As you answer, be sure to speak with excitement when it comes to joining Microsoft in their mission!

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Serving clients, helping them do their jobs better. At my level, if a project fails, the career of the business sponsor could be impacted. Helping people and companies to innovate and compete in a global economy."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Good job! You can give this answer more impact by talking about how you would fulfill Microsoft's mission in the role you're applying to. How would you help a company work more efficiently or competitively? How would you project business vitality? If possible, talk about a past experience where you were able to significantly improve a client's operations, reduce their costs, or work smarter. This helps the interviewer visualize your ability to put the Microsoft mission into action.

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  • Direct

    6. What would you find to be most rewarding in this role at Microsoft?

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer wants to get a feel for your commitment and your passion for this role at Microsoft. It is fair to say that Microsoft is a very prideful company and this pride has been built on the success of the organization since its inception by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. Prior to your interview, prepare to talk about one or two aspects of this job that you will find the most rewarding, both personally and professionally. As you answer, don't hesitate to talk about the sense of pride that you would feel in working for Microsoft.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Working with the best consultants in the world. Representing a company that has helped me create a successful career."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is an answer we can expand in order to better illustrate what motivates you. Why is working with the best consultants rewarding? Do you get to tackle new challenges you wouldn't otherwise be offered? Do you enjoy the exceptional level of expertise and collaboration offered by working as part of an elite team? Because Microsoft has a strong track record of success, it's also important to discuss how working for such a successful company would give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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  • Direct

    7. What questions do you have for me?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to come to your interview prepared with questions for your interviewer to show that you genuinely care about the role that you are interviewing for. Prior to your interview, be sure to review Microsoft's corporate and career websites and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely watching a video on Microsoft's website. To show a genuine interest, it is okay to ask questions regarding the timing of the recruitment for the role and how long the role has been vacant. You can also ask if this is a vacated position or a newly created position. Some people will also look to gain more insight into working for Microsoft by asking their interviewer what their favorite part of their job is. No matter what questions you decide to ask, be sure that they are thought provoking and show you have a desire for the role.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "What are the three biggest challenges you face in your average day?
      What is your favorite and least favorite part of working at Microsoft?
      I've noticed that Microsoft has shifted over the past few years with your CEO Satya Nadella. Particularly, it seems that Microsoft is prioritizing the expansion across all devices of its office and cloud products while steering away from Windows. How do you see Microsoft changing in the next five years? Do you think there will ever be a Window-less Microsoft?"

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      These are all EXCELLENT questions. Very well thought out and insightful. Nice work! I've adjusted your answer slightly and added just a couple more questions to really drive your answer home.

      "“What does an average day at work look like for this position? What are the three biggest challenges this position will face on an average workday? Is this a new position, or a vacated one? What can you tell me regarding my predecessor, and how will that affect the dynamic of relationship building during the onboarding period? What is your favorite and least favorite part of working at Microsoft? I’ve noticed that Microsoft has shifted over the past few years with your CEO, Satya Nadella. Microsoft seems to be prioritizing their expansion across all devices of its office and cloud products while steering away from Windows. How do you see Microsoft changing in the next five years? Do you think there will ever be a Window-less Microsoft?”"

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    8. What do you know about Microsoft's nearly 50 community groups and employee resource groups?

      How to Answer

      Microsoft offers an enormous amount of community groups and employee resource groups to their employees. On the Microsoft careers site, you can see that they boast over 40 employee networks and nine global employee resource groups. Microsoft believes in embracing different experiences and ideas by fostering diversity and inclusion efforts. The Microsoft community groups provide everything from networking opportunities to cultural awareness training. Discuss what you know about Microsoft's employee network and be sure to express interest in a group or two.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have read about the variety of community groups you have at Microsoft, and it is heartening to see that Microsoft prides itself on a culture of inclusivity. One group that stood out to me is Women@Microsoft because I think it is important to break down the barriers between women and tech by empowering the slow-growing minority of women in tech and encouraging young women to enter the tech sphere."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Your answer shows the deep dive that you have done into Microsoft's culture and offering. Fantastic answer.

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    9. What do you know about Microsoft's flexible employee perks?

      How to Answer

      Microsoft is well known for its excellent workplace culture and generous employee benefits. Microsoft's great employee perks and benefits include generous wellness-related expenses, a student loan refinancing program, commuting options, generous family leave benefits, flexible work schedules, and a great portfolio of varying financial programs. As you answer this question, discuss what you know about Microsoft's flexible employee perks, and be sure to show excitement for the perks and benefits that would mean the most to you if hired for this role.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I know that Microsoft provides employees with an incredible range of employee perks, including paid healthcare, retirement plan, and matching on philanthropic endeavors. As someone who is always hungry to learn more, I am most drawn to Microsoft's abundance of educational resources, including offerings of college and professional development courses."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Another full response backed by a great amount of research. Awesome job.

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  • Direct

    10. Are you aware that all Microsoft employees take unconscious bias training? Do you understand what unconscious bias is?

      How to Answer

      Unconscious bias has certainly been a hot topic in the workplace in recent years. By proposing this question, your interviewer would like to see that you have an idea of the importance that understanding unconscious bias plays in the workplace. They would also like to hear that you see how it's forming onboarding and workplace strategies today. Unconscious bias refers to the social stereotypes that many people believe without even realizing it. These biases could be in regards to women being a weaker gender, all the way to 'Asians are the best at coding.' Take some time to research Microsoft's Unconscious Bias training, and educate yourself on how the company is working to combat its adverse effects.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I wrote my final paper for my writing class on unconscious bias! I am compassionate about social justice and inclusivity. I find Microsoft's Unconscious Bias training program to be an amazing step in the right direction. I think this training program aligns with Microsoft's mission to empower everyone, regardless of gender or color, to achieve more."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      This is so great! Your personal interest seem to align perfectly with the mission and culture of Microsoft. Nice added touch re: your final paper!

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    11. Can you name one Microsoft product for me that is not a part of the Microsoft Office Suite?

      How to Answer

      As an eager candidate heading into your interview, being able to name a product that is not part of the Microsoft Office Suite should be a simple task. Your interviewer is posting this question to you to dig deeper into your overall knowledge of Microsoft and its full product line. While there are many great options to talk about, try to name a product that you are familiar with and may have firsthand experience with. Your answer can include Microsoft Dynamics, Xbox, Azure, Skype for Business, LinkedIn, Microsoft Student, GitHub, or one of the many other Microsoft products. Just remember that you can score bonus points if you have experience and knowledge of the product.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "One Microsoft product I use all the time is OneDrive. My OneDrive account is a saving grace for me, especially as a college student. I can store all my Office files and more on OneDrive and access that information is online wherever I go. Over the past two years, I have had to get my computer fixed twice, so having OneDrive was my saving grace for keeping up with work on my phone or other computers."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Good answer! You show a solid understanding of the Microsoft product line, and from personal experience which is always a welcome touch.

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    12. Why are you the best candidate for this role at Microsoft?

      How to Answer

      Microsoft gets around two million job applicants every year for the many jobs that they recruit for. This volume means that competition for this role will be tough, and the interviewer wants to know precisely why they should hire you over anyone else. Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Prior to your interview, think about which characteristics and career accomplishments make you a stand-out candidate for this role with Microsoft. Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given individual accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to your interviewer.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I think what makes me an excellent fit for this position are my several years of experience as PM, for which I have consistently shown success in the role by delivering high-quality products with great customer satisfaction. I also love working with the customers, understanding their pain points, and figuring out how using technology can simplify their life."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Good! It seems you have brought in some of the requirements from the job description as well.

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    13. How is Microsoft infusing AI into our products?

      How to Answer

      At some point during your interview, your interviewer would like to see the depth of research you have conducted on Microsoft products. There are many ways that Microsoft is infusing artificial intelligence into their products. Some examples include machine learning to give Microsoft Dynamics users a leg up when it comes to anticipating their customers' next move or near-future needs. Another instance of AI in the Microsoft organization includes their AI for Earth program. Show the interviewer that you are eager and excited to learn more about the strides that Microsoft is making in the artificial intelligence space.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Key Influencer in PBI. D365 cash flow forecasting."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a good starting place. You can enhance your answer by talking about how AI is being used in the company's products. What benefit does the incorporation of AI offer the company and/or the end-user?

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    14. What is the biggest challenge Microsoft faces today?

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      As you research Microsoft prior to your interview, it may seem like they have it all! They create a massive variety of products, and they have the market for services that most people in the world use daily. You will have to conduct some research and put effort into understanding what could be keeping Microsoft executives up at night. Talk to the interviewer about what you believe is a current challenge for their organization. Having the right answer is not the biggest concern in your response. Primarily, your interviewer is looking for proof that you are engaged in how Microsoft keeps its space in the tech sector.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Snowflake, Redshift"

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      Amanda Knight

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      While answering concisely is often a good idea, this response would benefit from more information. You can improve this answer by talking about why Snowflake and Redshift are the largest challenges facing the company. What issues do they present? How can those issues be addressed?

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    15. What do you believe Microsoft does best?

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      To get a sense of your overall interest in Microsoft as a company, your interviewer wants to see that you understand what types of products, services, or innovations make Microsoft stand out the most. This question is more opinion-based, and there is no right or wrong response. But as you answer, you should have a reply that is well thought out and researched.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe Microsoft provides reliable software to run the world like with Azure and PowerBI. They are also cost-effective and build trust. A most trusted company in the world."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a good start. You can improve this answer by sharing more specifically. How does Microsoft's software help companies thrive? Why is their product the most trustworthy and cost-effective?

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    16. At Microsoft, we are on a mission to hire and develop the most globally diverse workforce. Do you have experience working in a culturally diverse environment?

      How to Answer

      In addition to Microsoft's expansive employee network, they also put a lot into their diversity and inclusion program. As they say on their careers website, 'We don't just value differences, we seek them out and invite them in.' Discuss with the interviewer any experience you have with diversity and inclusion and working in a culturally diverse environment. If you have any formal training in diversity and inclusion, now is a great time to talk about that experience. In the end, try to share how you celebrate diversity and remain inclusive in the workplace.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Yes. I have worked with a team in India, have experienced many different ethnic backgrounds, and also have had clients in Canada. 1 in 3 had a native Canadian accent."

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      Amanda Knight

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      If you visit the Microsoft website you'll find that they really emphasize their diversity and inclusion program because they value differences. You can better highlight your experience working in a diverse and inclusive environment by talking about specific projects you worked on with a diverse team and how embracing those differences helped you solve problems or meet client needs. If you have any formal training in diversity and inclusion, this is also a great opportunity to talk about that experience. In the end, try to share how you celebrate diversity and remain inclusive in the workplace.

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    17. What do you like to do in your free time outside of work?

      How to Answer

      It's important for your interviewer to know they are considering a well-rounded individual to join their team at Microsoft. They also want to gauge your personality and interests for the sake of team compatibility. As you answer this question, be sure to share a few activities you genuinely enjoy. It is also important for leadership to see that you have ways of recharging yourself outside of work so that you can come to work at Microsoft both mentally and physically refreshed.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Don't have much. Kids, learning Spanish, lead group teens to LA country, support 2 locals, teaching him English, call most evenings to practice."

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      It sounds like you stay very busy! Give the interviewer a clearer picture of how you spend your time outside the office by briefly explaining each of the activities you've listed and why you enjoy them.

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    18. If hired at Microsoft, what values and traits would you bring to our team that would help promote teamwork and collaboration?

      How to Answer

      Collaboration and teamwork truly do make the dream work at Microsoft. They truly believe that innovation and new ideas come from working as one. Your interviewer wants to know that you can collaborate effectively with any staff member at Microsoft, so talk about how you facilitate cooperation. As you answer, talk about your thoughts and experiences on how collaborating effectively leads to a team's success in the workplace.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Honesty, integrity, well-rounded experience, hard-working, striving for excellence."

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      Amanda Knight

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      These are great qualities to offer a team! Consider sharing how these traits have helped past teams to collaborate effectively and succeed.

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    19. What would providing excellent customer service mean to you in this role with Microsoft?

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      Microsoft is a customer-obsessed company and this obsession is such a large reason for their continued success in a very competitive industry. They firmly believe that by learning about customers and their businesses, they can be innovative to surprise and delight their customers. Whether you would be in a customer-facing role or a back-end role that doesn't meet with customers face-to-face at Microsoft, you need to come to your interview prepared to discuss what providing the best service possible means in the job you are interviewing for. Be prepared to define the customers you would have in this role with Microsoft and to discuss how you will provide excellent service to them.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Do good work, finish it on time, mindful of the client's budget and timeline. Be sure to ask open-ended questions to understand what the client's need really is. Partnership mentality with clients, understand their business. Being responsive to emails. Building relationships."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      Excellent! This answer really illustrates your commitment to collaborating with clients to build rapport, understand their needs, and generate quality work. You can give it even more impact by sharing a specific example of a time when your customer service made all the difference for a client or project.

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    20. Describe your communication style. How would your style help benefit you as part of the Microsoft team?

      How to Answer

      At Microsoft, every employee needs to have effective communication skills to work with colleagues and customers. At some point during your time with them, your interviewer will be looking to get a sense of how effectively you communicate. As you answer, describe how you lead conversations with subject matter experts, cross-functional stakeholders, team members, and customers. Your interviewer will ideally want to hear that your communication style fits well in the environment in which you will work at Microsoft.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Try to get to know people on a personal level. Meeting, share one fun fact or personal detail. Like Peru. Polite but direct."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a good start! This question helps give the potential employer insight into your level of self-awareness and helps them determine how well you'd fit within a particular team or department. Remember, communication isn't just about the information you send out, but also how you actively listen or take information in. As with many other interview questions, it's important to be able to provide an example or share the benefits or drawbacks of your particular style. This demonstrates you've taken the time to consider how you communicate with others as well as your own preferences around being communicated with.

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    21. What would you consider to be your niche specialty in your work, and how will it benefit Microsoft?

      How to Answer

      Microsoft builds software to help people and companies achieve their full potential. Microsoft's primary goal is to enable customers to be innovative in their own lives, in a variety of ways. Now, the interviewer wants to know how your specialty area of expertise will benefit Microsoft and its valued customers. While your interviewer can tell a lot about your work history from your resume, they are ideally looking to hear about one area of expertise they may not be able to see on your resume that makes you a great fit for the job you are interviewing for. Prior to your interview, try to find that unique match and reiterate it to your interviewer as you answer.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Analytics."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Expand this answer to talk about why you enjoy working in analytics and how you use them to benefit client operations. If possible, share a specific example of how you've used analytics in the past to help a customer succeed.

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    22. If hired for this position, where would you like your career with Microsoft to take you?

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      It may seem like a significant challenge to climb the proverbial ladder within a large organization like Microsoft. However, they have a dedication to educating and growing their brightest team members to let them go wherever their career dreams want to take them. There are plenty of opportunities for you to build your skillset and develop yourself professionally within this giant organization. Prior to your interview, be sure to put some serious thought into your career goals to be able to speak openly and honestly about them with your interviewer. In the end, they are looking to hire a candidate that shows passion and dedication to the organization.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would like to stay in the analytics space with the architecture and development lead. I also would like to travel as well."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      Employers often ask this question in order to gain a clearer insight into your future goals and how those goals match up with the position you're applying for. While you may not know exactly where you see your career going, you can name skills you want to gain, the path you see yourself taking to becoming a development lead (is there another role you need to advance to first), naming a particular committee or project you'd like to work on, or talking about any additional training or certifications you'd like to earn that would help further your career. Where possible, draw connections between your career goals and the skills or traits required by the role you're applying to.

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  • Discovery

    23. We take great pride in the workplace culture we have built at Microsoft. Tell me about your ideal work environment.

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      Microsoft has put great effort into building their 'One Microsoft' environment, where the company operates as a family of individuals working towards one goal. They strive to build a community that positively impacts the world. Connecting in and out of the office in Microsoft community groups is just one way that Microsoft puts effort into making a harmonious workplace environment. Microsoft employees create a sense of community through curiosity, innovation, and constant growth. The interviewer would like to ensure that their culture and workplace environment is a fit for you. Discuss your work culture preferences with your interviewer, clearly describing your ideal work environment.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Family, people who enjoy working together. Open, honest communication and feedback. Free to suggest new ideas or ways of doing things, suggestions are considered, or you are given the ability to implement the new idea and run with it. Hard work and good work are recognized. Given the tools, you need to succeed."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      It sounds like you really enjoy an innovative and collaborative environment. You can expand your answer by also sharing your specific preferences around workplace aspects like leadership or management styles, training preferences, work-life balance options, your physical workspace layout, or how employee performance is managed or recognized. This will help the employer determine if your workplace preferences and personality align with their company culture and values.

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  • Discovery

    24. What is your favorite Microsoft product?

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      As any other company would, your interviewer at Microsoft wants to see that you have an interest in their products. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Because it is an open-ended question be mindful of keeping your response to the point. Mention the product you love most, what the most significant feature or benefit is, and how you use the product in your personal or work life.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Azure portal, spin up new DB or VM. Scale-up and down, pause, archive. Synapse. PDW. Power BI."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a good foundation that you can build on. Give the interviewer more detail about why you like each product and how they make your work or life better. This helps the interviewer understand your comfort level using the company's products and leveraging all available features.

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    25. We encourage innovation at Microsoft. What does innovation mean to you?

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      Microsoft knows what it means to embody and embrace innovation. They own some of the largest research labs in the world and focus on topics including AI, Computer Vision, Human-Computer Interaction, Cryptography & Privacy, and more. In asking this question during your time with them, your interviewer is ideally looking to hear what being innovative means in the work that you would be doing in this role with Microsoft. As you answer, discuss what innovation means to you, and what you will do to help Microsoft to be innovative in this role.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Innovation is creating new ways to solve business problems, or solving them faster and more efficiently. It involves creativity and thinking outside the box. Some are born innovators and are able to think outside the box."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good job! Now, take your answer a step further by sharing an example of a time when you thought outside the box to solve a team or customer problem or work more efficiently. This shows the interviewer that you have the experience and skills needed to innovate in the workplace.

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    26. How do you keep up-to-date on new trends in your line of work?

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      One way that your interviewer at Microsoft will try to gauge your fit with the organization is by ensuring that you are passionate about growing and learning within your field. Show the interviewer that you are passionate about your industry by openly discussing how you stay on top of industry trends and news. Prior to your interview, be sure to put some thought into all the different avenues you use to stay educated and up-to-date.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I keep up-to-date though Facebook pages, the Microsoft website, and I subscribed to many technology channels that talk about current technology news."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's clear that you use a number of different platforms to stay up-to-date on trends in the industry. To improve your response, I suggest adding a sentence or two about your interest and commitment to continue learning and your openness to learning new channels for staying abreast of current trends.

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    27. How would you work in the cross-functional environment we have here at Microsoft?

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      Prior to your interview with Microsoft, it is important that you understand that you will be working closely with teams from other departments within the organization. Your ability to work with cross-functional teams will be a significant asset to Microsoft and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you will bring this ability. Ideally, they'll be looking to hear about any prior experience you have in working with colleagues from different departments and different levels of an organization. As you answer, your interviewer will be keying into your ability to communicate effectively, build trust and handle conflict.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "At my current job, we have D365 functional consultants, sales teams, and delivery teams (X++ developers). We work on building relationships as much as possible by being mindful of their time to help with your tasks and communicating regularly."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      You clearly have experience working in a collaborative environment. Give the interviewer more insight into your ability to work cross-functionally by talking about how you build trusting, productive relationships, how you communicate or discuss project needs, and how you work together with others to overcome obstacles. If possible, share an example of a time when you worked cross-functionally to accomplish a goal. This would be a good opportunity to use the STAR method. Share a Situation that had a positive outcome. Describe the specific Task you were supposed to accomplish as a group. Tell about the Action you took to overcome a challenge and complete the task. Finally, share the Result and how you contributed to the successful outcome.

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    28. What role do you feel comfortable taking in a team-based environment?

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      In asking this question, your interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on in a team-based environment. If you tend to take the lead, you can certainly let that interviewer know that. Just be sure to avoid sounding overbearing. If you usually like to generate new ideas and allow someone else to execute them, share your creative side but express that you prefer for others to take the lead. However you answer this question, be sure to speak with conviction and don't hesitate to use examples of roles you've taken on in team-based environments in the past.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Usually, I take on a leadership role in team projects, but not in the most traditional sense. I like to go into a team by offering my ideas while asking loads of questions to encourage my team members to think and offer their thoughts. This way, I try to push my team toward brainstorming collectively to determine our project's direction."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      It seems as though you are highly collaborative and a leader who wants to know and utilize the strengths of each individual "” a very nice response.

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    29. Microsoft attends many university outreach events to find top talent. How would you 'sell' Microsoft to a talented graduate?

      How to Answer

      Coming into your interview, you may think that everyone wants to work for Microsoft. When it comes to hiring recent graduates that display top talent in their field, the competition for employers can be very stiff. If you were representing Microsoft at a college career fair for your field, put some thought into how would you sell Microsoft. Keep your answer to the point, exciting, and full of fun facts related to working for Microsoft.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

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    30. Tell me about the most exciting project you have worked on this year and the most significant thing you learned from it.

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer is proposing this question to see that you have passion and interest in the projects that you take on. Chances are, the gigs you find to be the most exciting are the ones that require the skills you enjoy flexing the most. Talk about one specific project, what the end goal was, what your role was through the project, and the best thing you learned along the way. Since this is an open-ended question, be aware of keeping your reply to the point and relatable to this role at Microsoft.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "2.1 release of our product, a complete overhaul of the finance module. 80 pages, 200+ metrics, IS, BS, CFF. Nothing is as easy as it seems, documentation takes a long time to do correctly."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      It sounds like this was a large project. You can give this answer more impact by sharing more information. Why was this project exciting? What was your role and how did you contribute to the project? What did you learn from the process?

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    31. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training. How do you feel this has prepared you for this role with Microsoft?

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      While they can get a good overview by looking at your resume, your interviewer is asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring your education and training to life for them. As you answer this question, talk about the formal educational path you took to get to this point in your career. Don't hesitate to talk about personal motivations you had for this educational path. As well, don't hesitate to talk about any awards or recognition you received along the way. Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will be put to use in your new position with Microsoft.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I received a B of S degree in Computer Science from Liberty University in 1990. All but the first 2 years of my career were in consulting. I've always invested in myself. Attend conferences about new technologies, on my dime when I was independent and always pushing the envelope when working at _____. PDW training at MS headquarters participated in a POC on security data on the Redmond campus. DB conferences, TechEd, SQL Pass, .Net training. Stack of books, both technical and later in my career, business. A career at ____, team leadership."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      It sounds like you take your professional development seriously. You've done a good job talking about the different ways you've invested in yourself. Go one step further to explain how these efforts have paid off for you by making you an ideal candidate for the role you're applying to. You can do this by drawing connections between the skills you've gained through education and training and the skills or qualifications listed in the job description.

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  • General

    32. In your opinion, what has been the biggest launch from Microsoft in the past three years?

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      At some point during your time with them, your interviewer at Microsoft would like to see that you have a thumb on the heartbeat of what their company has been up to as of late. To say that you want to work for Microsoft is easy. What takes effort is to show the interviewer that you have an active interest in the company's product releases and other exciting announcements. Prior to your interview, make sure to research some of the new and exciting product launches that Microsoft has had recently and be able to talk a bit about what you feel has been the most impactful. There is no right or wrong answer to this question as long as you can speak passionately to your interviewer.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Power BI, Synapse."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      Consider enhancing this response by talking about why you think Power BI and Synapse are the biggest Microsoft launches in recent years. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your product knowledge, so talk about the aspects you think are most impactful or beneficial.

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  • Operational

    33. How would you explain the cloud to someone with zero internet knowledge?

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      Technical terms and methods can be confusing to anyone outside of the industry. Some say that if you cannot quickly explain what you do in layman's terms, then you do not understand it well enough. You should be able to explain everything that you do on a level that would make sense to a 12-year-old. Your interviewer is testing to see if you can do this with this question. As you answer, keep your reply brief and try to keep all words that you use easily understandable. If you are in a field where knowledge of cloud computing isn't necessary, your interviewer will still be hoping that you can easily explain it as a staff member representing Microsoft.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Like outsourcing. Take your car to the shop. Wedding, rent chairs, only what I need. I don't need to buy 500 chairs and store them in my garage."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      You've provided several examples. However, it would be more impactful to choose one example and expand on it so that a person with little or no IT knowledge would understand the concept of the cloud. Explaining that it's similar to renting an off-site storage unit used to store your physical belongings may be helpful here because the cloud also allows users to buy the amount of space they need based on a monthly rate.

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  • Situational

    34. If your current company shut down today, what would you do to quickly adapt?

      How to Answer

      Microsoft seeks to hire creative and innovative thinkers who can work both fast and smart. At points during your time with them, your interviewer will look to know more about your ability to adapt and thrive in stressful situations. This question is hypothetical, so you'll likely need to use your imagination when answering. Show the interviewer that you are capable of adapting to a tough personal situation with ease. They will be tuning into how your thought processes help you make rational decisions when the unexpected happens.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Reach out to clients to help take care of them."

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      Amanda Knight

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      Amanda Knight Reviewed the Above Answer

      I appreciate that your first instinct is to reach out to assist clients. You can also expand your answer to talk about how you would accept the change, work to maintain perspective, and stay positive while focusing on what is within your control such as networking to look for a new role.

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  • Technical

    35. Discuss a tech product that you do not like. What changes would you make to improve it?

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      We all know that it's one thing to be opinionated, and then it's another ballgame to have an opinion and know what to do about it. By asking this question, your interviewer would like to see that you have the ability to see opportunities for change, rather than remaining in a negative, 'I don't like it' mentality. Discuss a tech product that you do not particularly enjoy, and offer up a couple of suggestions for improvement. Your opinion should be on a product unrelated to Microsoft.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on October 26th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "One tech product that I'm not a huge fan of is Siri. Of course, Siri was an innovative product in the tech world when it came out, as it was the first virtual voice assistant. However, I find that Siri usually redirects me to the Internet when I ask questions. On the other hand, I've found that Amazon Alexa has a much more robust database of information, and it tends to remember the information I have provided in the past. I would love to see Siri incorporate these features, as it would be great to have an Amazon Alexa right within my phone."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      You make some excellent points here; your answer is thoughtful and well supported.

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