For some of you, this is your first real job. You can’t underestimate the importance of this decision. Let’s take a closer look at some questions you can ask yourself.
What am I being offered?
Take inventory—and take into account all aspects of the offer, not just compensation. We’re talking about benefits, vacations, location, and plenty of other perks. Consider the full package and don’t be shy about asking your on-site recruiter questions about the offer.
What do I need?
We’re as excited as you are to get to work, but it’s equally important to think about where you’ll be living and what you’ll be doing when you’re not at the office. Short-term: Find out more about activities and area offerings. Do you like hiking or skiing? Do you love good food? Long-term: Are you thinking about finding somewhere that’s great for raising a family? Make sure to take all these things into account as you think about where you’ll be moving.
What do I want?
Only you can answer this question. Think of the work you will do every day. For your tech job, what’s the job content in your business group? Consider this: Some tech companies do not tell their new hires specifics about their job content until the new recruits arrive Day 1. We want you to be in the know so you can get excited about the impact you’ll be making on millions of users once you arrive.
How do I decide?
The best way you can prepare to make a decision you’ll feel good about is by gathering as much information as possible. Your on-site recruiter will be a great partner on your fact-finding mission. They can connect you with alumni from your school who have been in your shoes, or other employees who know just where you’re coming from. They can help with information on cost of living and what it’s like living in the area. Our mission is to help you envision life as a Microsoftie!
Our recruiting atmosphere is fast and furious. As such, we need to be able to move quickly after we’ve made hiring decisions. If you receive an offer, know that your decision will allow us to hopefully secure the position for you, or if not, move on to another candidate. Considering the rapid and competitive environment we’re dealing with, we typically ask for quick decision deadlines, often within 3-5 days from when we provide you with the interview results.
It’s a good idea to start considering your options once you know you’ll be interviewing, so if an offer does end up on the table, you’ll be ready to make a decision. Also, there is nothing more encouraging to a hiring team than to know you’re eager to be on board. When we can go back to the team and say “Suzie accepted her offer on the spot!” … it always makes a strong lasting impression.
How do I know for sure?
Know that if you’ve come this far, Microsoft is a great match for your interests, your skills, your potential for success…and much, much more. We’re ready for you to join the team and help us change the world through technology. Welcome.
Still have questions?
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