What you need to know.
Pros: pay, advancement is no lie, fun, always learning
Cons: personal opinion: expectations are so high its almost demoralizing.
Working in retail most of my life, a day at Microsoft varies all the same.
The process was different and non-traditional, arguably flawed in that approach as it seemed organized but lacks the professionalism to do a correct assessment. They want someone with a lot of energy, almost hyper..but not too hyper, and will sooner look over – more... those with a passion for the company
You will go to a closed to hiring event, where you are assessed for your responses, your eagerness, your excitement and your engagement. When you get passed that, you will be in a one on one interview, still looking for the previous qualifiers they will also do the traditional look over with your resume, something most people are familiar with.
But just like Apple, there are so many people looking for a job with them that you are competing in a room of people all vying for the same thing. The odds are staggering if you can't compete.
Know this before you go in and craft your approach.
I worked for them in the past, and it was hands down the greatest job I had. Its retail; not a lot of glamour to the area but with Microsoft you feel like you are more than the typical and justly so. I was easy, moderately paced, always learning and fun atmosphere, and management actually manages...even retailers can learn from them when it comes to running a store. But with all that energy the ask for, there is that flaw, they have expectations.
If you can keep up with them you will advance and succeed with ease. But if you can't, you will flutter until they get rid of you.
But good luck if you can get a job with them. They open doors! – less