Microsoft interview vs Indian IT interview

Well.. I just returned from a MS Interview for an Internship position. Must say there are lot of funny things the way people here conduct interviews, and the way Indian IT companies conduct interviews:

MS Interview

“And dress casually. Wear whatever makes you most comfortable. Chances are, that’s exactly what your interviewers will be wearing.”

Sure enough, I went in T shirt and Jeans. My interviewer was almost in shorts and chappals (Flip-flops, for the Americans).

I just decided to make a comparison between MS and some Indian Companies.

MS – “This guy designs software well enough. Let me take him”.

Indian – “This guy’s shirt design is gaudy. No manners! Reject”

MS – “This guy has enthusiasm to change the world! Take him!”

Indian – “This guy is overqualified”

MS – “Write a program to print numbers of an array in random order”

Indian – “What comes next after 1, 2 ,3, 4?”

MS – “This guy has a life! He loves to hike apart from coding”

Indian – “This guy is distracted in life”

MS – If you have issues with relocation and are very talented, we will use your talent from your convenient location.

Indian – If you don’t listen to me and go to Hyderabad, someone else will!

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17 Responses to Microsoft interview vs Indian IT interview

  1. srinath says:

    hey so wat happened to ur interview???
    got ur internship???

  2. Arun M says:

    Lets see.. Results for round 1 in 2 weeks. After that, gotta clear 2 more rounds!

  3. srinath says:

    all the very best!!!

  4. Sundar says:

    Um, IT companies in India rock all the same. So do BPOs. America can’t be run without them.. πŸ™‚

  5. Marc says:

    Damn dude there was more scope for damaging India.

  6. Arun M says:

    @Sundar
    πŸ™‚ Agree!

    @Marc
    lol..

  7. LVS says:

    MS: congrats for getting a call
    In: don’t forget you have 2 more rounds to go; prepare well.

    MS: all the best for your next rounds
    In: let the results of the first round come out first.

    πŸ˜›

  8. Arun M says:

    @LVS
    πŸ˜› Good one

  9. Kaushik says:

    Partially true.
    Most of what you said stands for all those undergrad companies we interviewed for in our final year, from predominantly self-financing Engg colleges and the normal Indian-IT companies – where they really don’t look for talented people, just people who will do what they are trained for. But even in India, if you go to the IIT’s or similar level, they value talent primarily. And as for your Jeans-and-shorts stuff, I work in a financial firm in downtown Chicago and people are quite concerned about the way you dress – yes yes, Americans wonly. So again, do not generalise perspective. One thing that should be agreed upon is the importance laid on sheer talent and ability here, which was not the case before in India (mainly because of the “IT” companies that came recruiting), however, it too is changing.
    Your radical reactions are understandable, considering that you’ve been here barely for half a year. Good humour though. πŸ™‚
    PS: MS is, incidentally, not an Indian IT company, so if you alluded any comparisons, they were misdirected. From what I know (and heard), the Indian MS interview was not way different from your MS interview.

  10. Arun M says:

    @Kaushik
    Whoa! Whoa! Hold on! My entire blog is humor!There’s only 1 or 2 reflection posts which I think about stuff and write.

    I guess I should put a disclaimer that everything in my blog is fiction!

  11. Marc says:

    Hahah he said ‘wonly’. Mallus are taking over man!

  12. tdsmapper says:

    @Marc
    … the world

  13. Kaushik says:

    Fiction’a? πŸ˜€ Whatever, reply was anyhow a reflection, even if the post wasn’t.
    And me the mallu totally not. It’s zimbly ferr the kalaai dhet I used wonly.
    πŸ˜€

  14. gracelyne says:

    hi there,
    KNOCK KNOCK (first things first! This is with ref to ur Peek in Pants Post)
    Greeeeaattt Posts out there!
    Really enjoyed all your posts ! πŸ™‚
    Keep going !

  15. Arun M says:

    @Gracelyne
    Thanks! πŸ™‚ Hopefully I can still produce posts on similar lines. I am losing my Anna Universiti-ness in me! 😦

  16. Gracelyne says:

    Well..Lets hope it stays longer..
    Keep in touch with this gen of anna-university ppl… to not loose the touch! πŸ˜›

  17. Arun M says:

    @Gracelyne
    Ha ha! Will do πŸ™‚ Am in touch with lots of my juniors!

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