Microsoft and I

by on Jun.13, 2008, under General

After going the full duration, 3 interviews and an assessment day over 3months
I had “the Call” from Microsoft HR consultants this morning

Unfortunately it is a “NO Hire” that makes it the first job (ever) I have applied for that I have not got ! BUM

Got some good feedback, no surprises for me though

Good points

  • General Technical knowledge is good, particularly in web services area
  • Presentation content was well researched and has ALL of the appropriate points

Bad points

  • Technical knowledge not deep enough in some areas AD GPO, and high end security got tripped up in duel vendor firewalls, I may have even been tripped up on SQL log shipping recovery process (I need to check), I also struggled to explain some of the decision points when I have??built?? HUGE intranet platforms
  • Some of the business stuff is outside my comfort zone , which limits my ability to talk to business people
  • Presentation style. In hind sight (the wonderful tool that it is) I spent too long researching the content, and not enough time rehearsing, end result is I will TOO reliant on my notes and came across as reading a script,

Just not quite what they are looking for at in a consultant at the moment

I can’t help feeling, the presentation delivery is totally my fault , and I KNOW I can do better
It is not my normal style to be dependent on notes, and running out of time to prior to the event rehearse is totally my fault and in excusable

I will now be wondering if I would have been better missing a few points and get the delivery right

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