Microsoft is the company that turned Bill Gates from a college dropout to the richest man in the world—so naturally, lots of people are clamoring to work there. And it's easy to see why: Employees (opens in new tab) laud Microsoft for their respect for work-life balance, the ease of collaborating with different teams throughout the company, and the passionate environment. But just because you aren't armed with a computer science degree and an intense knowledge of coding doesn't mean that you might not be able to find your dream job (opens in new tab) within the walls of Microsoft's Seattle headquarters. We spoke with Sonia Dara, Microsoft's Audience Marketing Manager, to find out what makes a top candidate (opens in new tab) for a position at the tech giant.
Be Quick And Nimble
The tech industry is constantly evolving, and an employee who is set to succeed in the field will be able to easily adapt to the always-changing marketplace. The ideal Microsoft employee will be able to keep up in a fast-paced work environment while still paying careful attention to detail. It's a balancing act to be certain, but once mastered makes you an ideal applicant.
There's a place at Microsoft for an applicant of any background—but it's essential that you're tech-aware. It's easy to be informed if you keep up with sites TechCrunch, The Verge, Gizmodo, Wired, and Mashable, all of which are constantly reporting on the latest in tech. But not only should you be an encyclopedia of all things tech-related, you should be an expert in your specific interests. "The more you can understand and speak to different audiences, the more you can quickly adapt to the fast-changing landscape," Dara says.
Find A Balance
For those of you with endless interests who struggle to pin down the one thing you want to do for the rest of your life, never fear. A career at Microsoft will give you the opportunity to explore different vessels of the company through your role. However, Dara stresses the importance in striking the right balance with your interests. Focus on the job at hand, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for opportunities
Be Prepared For The Role You Want
Microsoft doesn't discriminate based on your career or educational background—but they do want passionate, qualified applicants, no matter what position you want to land. Become an expert in your field through coursework and internships, Dara says. If you're a master of your craft, you'll bring a whole new audience to Microsoft with you.
Always Be Looking For New Opportunities
At a huge corporation like Microsoft, the possibilities are endless, Dara says. You could be working in one division of the company, but if you find yourself increasingly drawn to another, "chances are there is a role for you," Dara says. To take advantage, always be ready to be proactive and ready to explore a new side of the company.
How To Apply: careers.microsoft.com (opens in new tab)
More On How To Land A Job:
How To Land A Job At Facebook (opens in new tab)
How To Land A Job At Gilt (opens in new tab)
How to Land a Job at Gansevoort Hotel Group
(opens in new tab)
How to Land a Job At Birchbox (opens in new tab)
Photo via Getty Images
I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.
24 Hours With John Legend
The singer, record producer, husband, and entrepreneur reveals how he maintains youthful, glowing skin.
By Deena Campbell
What Is Co-Washing, and How Do You Do It? Experts Weigh In
Skip the shampoo.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
Digital Lavender Is About to Be the Biggest Color of the Year
Barbiecore got a "Lavender Haze"-inspired makeover.
By Julia Marzovilla
Peloton’s Selena Samuela on Turning Tragedy Into Strength
Before becoming a powerhouse cycling instructor, Selena Samuela was an immigrant trying to adjust to new environments and new versions of herself.
By Emily Tisch Sussman
This Mutual Fund Firm Is Helping to Create a More Sustainable Future
Amy Domini and her firm, Domini Impact Investments LLC, are inspiring a greater and greener world—one investor at a time.
Power Players Build on Success
"The New Normal" left some brands stronger than ever. We asked then what lies ahead.
By Maria Ricapito
Don't Stress! You Can Get in Good Shape Money-wise
Yes, maybe you eat paleo and have mastered crow pose, but do you practice financial wellness?
By Sallie Krawcheck
The Book Club Revolution
Lots of women are voracious readers. Other women are capitalizing on that.
By Lily Herman
The Future of Women and Work
The pandemic has completely upended how we do our jobs. This is Marie Claire's guide to navigating your career in a COVID-19 world.
By Megan DiTrolio
Black-Owned Coworking Spaces Are Providing a Safe Haven for POC
For people of color, many of whom prefer to WFH, inclusive coworking spaces don't just offer a place to work—they cultivate community.
By Megan DiTrolio
Where Did All My Work Friends Go?
The pandemic has forced our work friendships to evolve. Will they ever be the same?
By Rachel Epstein