I am Ronak Sakhuja, a 3 time Microsoft Student Partner from Delhi Technological University, India. I Interned at Microsoft in the summer of 2019 and will be joining Microsoft full time in the summer of 2020.
Microsoft Student Partner program has been a breakthrough and thanks to Pablo, Tracey and Angela who have been working really hard to make the program better day by day.
The MSP program opens up a lot of opportunities for students all over the world and I believe it helps increase the employability of students passing out of university with skills that are actually needed by the industry. Unfortunately, It doesn’t provide you with a referral at Microsoft or help schedule an interview but increase your knowledge in skills which have a high number of good-paying jobs in the IT sector.
The recruitment process of Microsoft is largely the same all over the world. You find the specific role and apply at careers.microsoft.com . There is one Linkedin group that you should keep looking for recruitment drives conducted by Microsoft. As an MSP, make sure to write about your MSP status and events conducted as a part of MSP on your resume. So as I have told, being an MSP won’t help you directly to get an interview at Microsoft, so how will it actually help us?
When I interviewed for Microsoft for the intern role, I had to go through an online coding round, a pen and paper round and 2 rounds of interviews(both technical). My first round of interview went for about 45 minutes and I was asked questions on LinkedList and DP. However, when my second interview started, the interviewer read my resume and got curious about the Microsoft Student Partner program. I started telling him about what the program was from a very basic level and what is my responsibility as a Microsoft Student Partner and he was listening to me with complete interest.
I started telling him about all the events that I have conducted in my university and my plans for the future. All of this made him want to know more about this. At that time, I had just returned from Sydney after a 3 day Microsoft Student Partner Summit and Microsoft Ignite: The Tour which was very eventful for me, hence I had so much to tell about during the Interview.
I observed, this created a feeling of connection between me and the interviewer, and the regular workshops I conduct in my university on the latest technology that Microsoft offers made him feel that I am skilled for the role and my passion to work on Microsoft Technologies made him make the decision at the very moment and he informed me that I was hired and there was no more need of another round of Interview. (Yes, other candidates had 3 round of interviews while I had 2)
Concluding the article, The MSP program increases your skillset by letting you use azure($150 credits a month! That’s huge), let you create a feeling of connection with the interviewer at Microsoft and show that you are skilled with azure and you will have no issues when you work on azure after joining Microsoft as an intern or a full-time role.
For Students in India who are looking for an Internship role in 2021(Applications for 2020 have closed), have a look at my previous blogs at ronaksakhuja.me for an idea on how to apply for off-campus Internships.
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