Geek in question: Sam Doan
Job title: Associate Consultant for the Microsoft Academy for College Hires (MACH) Program
Sam grew up in Vietnam and later Georgia. He’s a recent graduate of the University of Georgia—Terry College of Business and just started at Microsoft in the MACH Program.
He read our Finding jobs in IT: job interview advice story last week and wanted to give similar advice but for college hires. Take it away Sam:
Ever since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by technology and inspired by Bill Gates. I used to tell everyone that I would work for Microsoft one day—and now that day is here!
Being a kid from a small town in Vietnam who grew up with nothing taught me many valuable lessons and made me work hard to achieve my goals. I am also the first one in my family to attend college and I am very humbled to have not only this opportunity with Microsoft but also a chance to share my experience with college seniors who are interested in working for the company.
The best way for you to be noticed during recruiting events is to be proactive. Do not sit back and expect opportunities to come your way. Go the extra mile and make yourself stand out from the crowd. Make sure you leave a good first impression with the recruiter because he/she determines if you get an interview or not. That said, you should always be yourself and remember to have fun.
During the Job Interview
You should be prepared and have a thorough understanding of the company and the role that you applied for. Prior to your interview with Microsoft, you should have your resume critiqued by a career counselor and participate in, at least, one mock interview so you’ll be comfortable in the real interview.
It is essential that you are able to articulate your past experiences and the results of your contributions at past organization and be able to relate these things to the position for which you are now interviewing. The interview questions are designed to be vague and you are expected to ask thought-provoking questions. They are more interested in your thought process than your answers. So, make sure to ask a lot of questions to show how you approach and solve problems.
After the Job Interview
After the interview, always ask for contact information and write a thank you email to your interviewer within 24 hours. The resume only gets you in the door, but how you connect and present yourself in the interview gets you the job.
What is the MACH Program?
The MACH Program is a two-year career development program that strives to develop world class leaders in sales, marketing and services. It focuses on each individual’s career path and offers amazing support from a worldwide community. The program is designed to be vigorous and challenging so you can push yourself to the next level.
The key takeaway from this experience is for you to always believe in yourself. The biggest mistake that you can make is thinking that you are not good enough, but the reality is that you are good enough. Go in there with confidence and a positive attitude and enjoy the moment!