One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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    The day of the Microsoft interview.

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    Do you ever wonder if all the stories you hear about the “Microsoft interview” are true? Go ahead and type “Microsoft interview” into your search engine...you get a lot of results (definitely including pages from 2 of our most...
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    Getting a contract position with Microsoft

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    Lots of people have asked me about this and I wanted to make sure that I am giving you the right information...so I had to do some research and ask around... Recruiters at Microsoft don't handle contract opportunities...frankly, I probably sound a...
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    What does awesome look like on a resume?

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    I met with a Marketing GM, Keith White, and his recruiter, Allison, this week to discuss putting together an invitational recruiting event for their team, which is responsible for outbound (audience) marketing. Usually, when I end up strategizing a recruiting...
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    Five best rock songs of all time

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    This came up in conversation recently. I had been on the treadmill and one of my top 5 came on and I was thinking about how different it is to rock out on the treadmill to a song like that versus the others on the play list. Later that week at a bar,...
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    What to do about Counter-offers

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    I've spoken with some other recruiters here about the issue of counter-offers; a major pain in the you-know-what for recruiters trying to fill roles. I know you are imagining a number of attractive, sophisticated recruiters discussing this issue over...
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    Time for a change...

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    suddenly, I hate the title of my blog. Every time I see someone link, I wonder what they thought as they typed it out, with the quotation marks...zzzzzzz. Anyhoo, I'm feeling sassy and I am changing the name of my blog. Suggestions?
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    Why is the MBA important?

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    I got a question from blog reader on the importance of the MBA. It's a great question. Many of our job descriptions list the MBA as "preferred"; some may even list it as a requirement. I'll give you my personal opinion on this. Keep in mind that I...
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    Help me think of a softball team name

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    In June, we are playing MSN's HR team in softball and some of us were trying to think of funny team names. MSN can be something like "the search engines", but since our HR and Staffing team covers so many different corporate functions (ops, HR. finance...
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    Rock Star: Supernova

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    Can you feel it? I think you can.
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    Microsoft's Employee Referral Process

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    I've had some questions lately about Microsoft's employee referral process; specifically whether it's a good way for potential candidates to get noticed by Microsoft recruiters. The answer is "yes" but let me tell you a little bit more about how it works...
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    It depends on what your definition of "is" is

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    This has been bugging me for a while. The possessive word Is, which rhymes with "eyes" (as in Bill and Is relationship), is not a word. Someone please tell every participant in reality TV and talk shows because it's driving me nuts (and I already know...
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    You can work on an award winning marketing team....literally

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    Funny how people throw around the term "award winning". Sometimes it even denotes that an award was won... Like the Stevie Award for "Best Marketing Team" won by our Corporate Marketing & Research Insight Group here at Microsoft. Back in the day...
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    More on my Alaska Airlines Situation

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    I've spoken with several people from Alaska Airlines. What I've learned, the person on the front lines (the main reservation number) can generally get you in touch with the right person...eventually. So I had to make a call to "customer care" and "central...
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    Preparing for an interview at Microsoft

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    Seen lots of talk lately, about what the Microsoft interview entails (puzzle questions, white board drawings, etc.). My sense is that people are trying to do 2 things: 1) prepare for the interview and 2) control their nerves by knowing what to expect...
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    Germaphobe: why do I care about this so much?

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    Shopping cart handles, bathroom doorknobs . I've made considerable effort to avoid each. I use the sanitary wipes provided at my local grocery store to wipe the funk off the shopping cart and I pull my sleeve over my hand before using the doorknob to...
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    Things you should never say to a recruiter, part 3

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    "How do I break through the bureaucracy?" "What's the secret handshake?" PS: early process negativity won't get you an interview (quite to the contrary) and the secret handshake/bureaucracy break-through is being the best candidate.
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    Incoming Freshmen

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    Matt Lauer just mentioned that the incoming college freshman class was born in 1988. He said this while "Sweet Child O' Mine" was playing in the background. GnR was the soundtrack to my college years. Oh, I miss my cut-off jeans. I think I am going...
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    Tuned In

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    Now that my new blog header is up (can you see it now?), it's time to have some fun. The guys over at Pragmatic Marketing have published their book, Tuned In . And yeah, I am mentioned briefly (I'm on page 169-170). I've already heard good things about...
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    Creative insomnia solutions

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    Anyone who has been here for a while, or who reads my facebook status updates, knows I am an insomniac.It has come and gone throughout my life. My first memorable insomnia experience was in high school, when I learned that Star Search came on at 2 AM...
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    Want me to find your blog resume without the trouble of having to send it to me?

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    Link from your blog resume to this post and I'll check out your resume by reviewing my referrals. Pretty stealth, huh? Nobody needs to know except the 2 of us ; )
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    I want you to want me

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    Groucho Marx may have had it right when it came to club membership . Well, he may not have had it right, but at least he was funny. When it comes to the business relationship, specifically the customer relationship, it's another story entirely. All...
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    How I know I am different than other people (blog metrics)

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    I don't care about blog metrics. Oh yeah, page views are *interesting* and it's always cool to hear that one of my blog readers has been hired. But when it comes right down to it, for me, blog metrics are little more than trivia. I've been involved...
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    Why can't you just injure yourself the normal way?

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    One of my secret talents, that I have not yet shared with you, is that I find interesting ways to injure myself. No simple knee scrape will do. Only injuries that require detailed explanations fit the bill. Instead of just falling off my bike as a child...
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    Calling in Sick (when by "sick" you mean "I love tequila!")

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    I rarely do it. Call in sick, that is. Others do it a lot, I guess , according to the MSN Careers Site. I've maybe taken one or two sick days since I started at Microsoft almost 7 years ago. Yeah, just healthy living and a major decrease in allergy symptom...
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    How I know that Abercrombie doesn't want my business...

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    My customer profile: thirty-something who reserves a significant portion of disposable income for unneeded fashion and refuses to dress her age (a girl's got to have some fun). Dislikes: anything seriously "preppy", mom jeans, the color teal, sensible...
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