Recruiters use hackathon best practices

How to Be Awesome: Think huge and take risks


At the end of a busy season, our university recruiters took a deep breath and questioned how the team could do things even better. Borrowing the ways and means of dedicated techies, they decided to partner with The Garage to jump-start the creative spark. The plan: Be Awesome.

To ramp up recruiting excellence, over the course of 24 hours, more than 100 recruiters assembled in The Garage. They polished and pitched ideas to improve the process of matching grads with great-fit roles.

College recruiter Anthony Rotoli said, “Even at the highest levels, our management encouraged us to think huge and take risks: The sky’s the limit!” And 24 hours later, many ideas shipped.

Check out how our Be Awesome hackathon squared up with a typical college hackathon:

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Three Be Awesome projects have already shipped!

  • Intern AppHack: Develop a skill-building hackathon for summer interns. Done. Read about it in GeekWire.
  • Space Hack: Create comfortable, cool hangout spaces for our recruiters to have a bit of downtime. New couches and a cozy spot for be-excellent brainstorming. Done.
  • The Future Engineer Project: A program to bring local high-school students to campus for Microsoft Technology Boot Camp. Done. This summer, a group of 40 high-school juniors and seniors learned from engineers in Microsoft Research. Participants created a game and an app in three days! Coming soon: A post featuring future-engineer details.

The Be Awesome bottom line: Leveraging hackathon best practices makes for recruiting excellence!


Inside JobsBlog:

From on-campus events to evaluating job offers, here’s everything you need to know about our university recruiting process: submitting your resume, what to expect in a first-round interview, the on-campus interview, and the job offer.

What happens if you’ve graduated and you missed us on campus?

Learn more about The Garage and other ways Microsoft acts like a startup.


Coming soon:

More about Intern AppHack, from a team of two noteworthy interns who lived it.

Create your own path to awesomeness:

Apply for jobs and internships here

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