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Date: 11/21/04 11:40 AM

26 Responses to Microsoft Interview Questions

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2004 at 11:39 am
    Link: Microsoft Interview Questions - Want to work for Microsoft? Be prepared to answer these.


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    EstiloPanama Female 18-29
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    November 21, 2004 at 11:48 am
    Why is a manhole cover round?

    I got asked this question when I applied for a job at Game Stop last year. I was so confused, because at first, I didn`t know what a manhole was. I made some dumb reason as to why manhole covers are round. I still got the job, but later when I asked the manager why he asked me that, he said it expressed a kind of higher thinking and creativity, so he wasn`t really looking for an exact answer. Those were really thought provoking questions, though

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    saskgirl Female 30-39
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    November 21, 2004 at 11:51 am
    Manhole covers are round because it`s the only shape that will not fall through itself at any angle. So the lid will not fall down the hole no matter on what angle it hits it. I used to ask people that in interviews too, just for fun. As well as the age old, if you were a tree question.
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    Cindy75 Female 30-39
    790 posts
    November 21, 2004 at 3:09 pm
    Bill Gates` bathroom?
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    someone? Male 13-17
    1371 posts
    November 21, 2004 at 4:51 pm
    Who the drat cares if a manhole cover is round?

    I refuse to believe this is real.

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    bore_queen Female 13-17
    4 posts
    November 21, 2004 at 5:03 pm
    Are the answers on the page anywhere? I`m gonna go crazy if I don`t find out! :-/
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    KikiPeepers Female 30-39
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    November 21, 2004 at 6:09 pm
    I want answers!
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    Malletman Male 18-29
    679 posts
    November 21, 2004 at 6:23 pm
    " One train leaves Los Angeles at 15mph heading for New York. Another train leaves from New York at 20mph heading for Los Angeles on the same track. If a bird, flying at 25mph, leaves from Los Angeles at the same time as the train and flies back and forth between the two trains until they collide, how far will the bird have traveled?"

    How can you do that one without knowing the distance? I know it`s somewhere around 5000 miles between the two cities, but without knowing the distance, you don`t know how long it would be until the trains reached each other.

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    deja entendu Female 13-17
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    November 21, 2004 at 8:52 pm
    kinda makes me want to learn computer speak...
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    HOBYandy Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2004 at 9:59 pm
    yes, someone?- these are...well...examples...they aren`t supposed to be questions that will determine how much you know...they`re more of questions to determine how creative you are. i liked a lot of these.
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    Ucchan Female 18-29
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    November 22, 2004 at 12:06 am
    Actually someone? these are real questions that they use at Microsoft. My cousin interviewed there and got very similar questions to the ones shown. I believe the point of these questions is not to see if you can get them right, but to see if you can think through things logically and creatively.
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    Tom876 Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2004 at 1:03 am
    why the hell would someone working at microsoft need to know why a pothole is round
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    Tom876 Male 13-17
    405 posts
    November 22, 2004 at 1:04 am
    manhole* sorry
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    Malletman Male 18-29
    679 posts
    November 22, 2004 at 1:05 am
    It`s not as much the knowledge itself as it is for the reasoning capabilities, Tom.
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    whohahh Male 30-39
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    November 22, 2004 at 2:11 am
    I think this explains a lot.
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    mc80a Male 18-29
    96 posts
    November 22, 2004 at 3:12 am
    Without paper I can answer a few of them. If I had some time I could probably do most of them.
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    someone? Male 13-17
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    November 22, 2004 at 7:19 am
    There is a room with a door (closed) and three light bulbs. Outside the room there are three switches, connected to the bulbs. You may manipulate the switches as you wish, but once you open the door you can`t change them. Identify each switch with its bulb.


    btw, the last section is completely stupid.

    I REALLY doubt you`d have to answer how m&ms are made if you were applying for a job there. If you do (and the other sh*t questions in that last section), Microsoft is really as much of a joke company as we all think it is.

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    kenkqb Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2004 at 8:39 am
    Switch question:
    1st you turn on one switch...wait for a while
    then you turn on another one and open the door. Go into room and feel which lightbulb is warmer.
    That`s the 1st switch you turned on. tThe other lighted one is the 2nd swtich u turned on
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    peledavid16 Male 18-29
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    November 22, 2004 at 11:46 am
    Malletman:If the distance is X miles between New York and Los Angeles, then it takes X/(15+20) hours for the trains to collide, and the bird will have travelled 25X/(15+20)= X/7 miles in that time.
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    Malletman Male 18-29
    679 posts
    November 22, 2004 at 12:07 pm
    Yeah, pele, I know that you can get an answer with a variable without knowing the distance.
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    PirateMeghan Female 18-29
    151 posts
    November 22, 2004 at 3:31 pm
    If i were designing an alarm clock for a deaf person I would have a way for it to hook up to the bed and make it vibrate.
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    Nneri Female 13-17
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    November 24, 2004 at 9:48 pm
    Wow. But as soon as they find this site, they`re gonna change all their questions, lol.
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    eastsiderepp Male 18-29
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    November 25, 2004 at 11:26 pm
    The one with the 3 and 5 quart pails is probably the easiest math problem there.
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    cheeseboy Male 13-17
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    April 9, 2006 at 7:16 am
    wot the.....
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    womersley Female 30-39
    64 posts
    October 13, 2007 at 5:59 pm
    I`m glad nobody asked me those during an interview!
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    MSInterview Male 13-17
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    October 20, 2007 at 1:45 pm
    This is good resource for <a href=> HR Questions</a>

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