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Thoughts and the occasional rant from Adam Ulrich, a Test Manager in Microsoft's Designer Tools Group. All things Sparkle, Acrylic, testing, recruiting and hiring.

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  • Blog Post: Will it Blend? That is the question!

    We're having fun watching the BlendTec commercials since we've announced that the product code named Sparkle is now Blend. Since my last post 6 months ago in July where I visited a company in Raleigh NC, I've been amazingly busy. I've visited Roxio in Santa Clara, CA. I've done a recruiting...
  • Blog Post: We don't make the software you use, we make the software you use better....

    BASF used a variation on the above as it's corporate tagline. Michael Hunter , the technical lead for my test team, used this as part of his auto signature for quite some time. It should be the motto for every software test/qa organization. For those who don't know him, Adam Barr worked for microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for technical positions at MS: part deux: Industry route

    If you've been working (or idling) for a year or more since you hung up your full time academic cap and gown, the microsoft recruiting machine considers you an industry candidate. Many of my comments in the prior post about campus candidates will apply to industry candidates as well. In fact, I would...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Technical Positions at MS: part 1: college campus route

    Matt asked about how to prepare for a technical position at Microsoft. Since there are two separate recruiting engines at Microsoft, I’m going to break my comments up into college candidates and industry candidates to match the paths that people typically enter the company. College Campus Candidates...
  • Blog Post: You've got Questions, I've got answers.

    I got some questions on my last blog post, so I’ll do my best to answer them now: Q. How hard is it to get a job at Microsoft? Well, that’s a tough question to answer. There are hundreds of variables there. If you know someone and they submit your resume as a referral because they know your...
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