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Monday, September 17, 2007

Diary of an application to Microsoft: from resume to visa

A long time ago, I applied to work for Microsoft. They made me an offer. Visa applications weren't made, visa applications were rejected, the offer was changed. Now, I will go and work for Microsoft. For anyone who may be interested, here is my story:

Chapter 1: Application and offer

  • 2 Jan 2006:
    Send CV to resumes@... address
  • 23 Jan 2006:
    Received e-mail interview from Tami
    Responded to questions
    Received confirmation that I would get a phone interview
  • 10 Feb 2006:
    Michelle contacted me to schedule phone interview
  • 21 Feb 2006:
    Phone interview confirmed
  • 22 Feb 2006:
    Phone interview with Rudra
  • 1 March 2006 and 8 March 2006:
    I chased Michelle for a response
  • 9 March 2006:
    Michelle confirmed that I would soon be invited to face-to-face interviews
    Derek contacted me to arrange the interviews
  • 10 March 2006:
    I requested a flight booking from Microsoft for the interviews in Paris
    Tickets were booked by Cindy
  • 16 March 2006:
    Derek asked me to view and sign the online application documents
  • 23 March 2006:
    Derek confirms arrangements and gives me an expenses form
  • 31 March 2006:
    5 face-to-face interviews in Paris
  • 5 April 2006:
    Submitted expenses form
  • 7 April 2006:
    I chased Derek for a response
  • 11 April 2006:
    Caitlin informs me that I have an offer
  • 14 April 2006:
    Phone conversation with Caitlin to discuss details of offer, salary not yet decided though
  • 18 April 2006:
    I chase Caitlin to find out salary information
    Caitlin confirms salary
    I inform Caitlin that I will make a decision in two weeks as I am waiting on another offer
  • 19 April 2006:
    Srikanth, my hiring manager sends his congratulations
  • 28 April 2006:
    Caitlin chases up my response
    Srikanth arranges to call me to go through any questions that I may have
  • 1 May 2006:
    Phone conversation with Srikanth
    I accept offer
  • 4 May 2006:
    Harmony sent me online offer documents
  • 7 May 2006:
    Completed online offer documents

Chapter 2: H1-B woes

  • 16 May 2006:
    Asked Caitlin when I should expect to hear about my H1-B visa application
  • 17 May 2006:
    Caitlin responds, I should hear in the next two weeks
  • 2 July 2006:
    I hear in the news that the H1-B cap has been exhausted and ask Caitlin about this
  • 14 July 2006:
    Caitlin informs me that they could not submit my application because I did not have a degree at the time, they are looking into options
  • 1 August 2006 and 14 August 2006:
    Chased Caitlin to find out about my options
  • 17 August 2006:
    Caitlin responds, but still no news
  • 21 September 2006:
    Chased Caitlin again
  • 22 September 2006:
    Still no news but getting closer, another 2-3 weeks
  • 10 October 2006:
    Explained to Caitlin that I will have to take up other work in the UK if there is still no solution
  • 11 October 2006:
    Caitlin says they hope to find a solution that would allow a January/February start date but can't promise anything; offers to set back start date to October 2007 if I would prefer.
    I tell her to keep trying for a sooner start date.
  • 15 January 2007:
    Caitlin asks if I would like to work in Denmark, the other option is to wait until 2007 for Redmond.
    I ask if Denmark would be permanent or just until October.
    It would be permanent.
    I decide to wait until October and head for Redmond.
  • 25 January 2007:
    Caitlin says that I have a very good chance of getting a visa in October, although she can never be 100% certain.
  • 26 January 2007:
    Srikanth writes to say he is glad I can wait until October 2007.

Chapter 3: Take 2

  • 7 March 2007:
    Caitlin puts me intouch with the logisitics people for sorting out my visa.
    Anne requests all of my visa documents.
  • 8 March 2007:
    Anne confirms that my documents have gone to the legal people.
  • 27 March 2007:
    Anne sent information about Seattle. Chased up visa status with Anne.
    Anne gave me contact details for paralegal.
  • 4 April 2007:
    I see that the H1-B cap has already been reached.
  • 5 April 2007:
    Anne confirms that my petition was sent on time, however, as the cap was reached on day one a random selection process would be used, which may take some time.
  • 8 May 2007:
    I ask Anne if anything has been heard about my visa.
    Anne has heard back about 5% of her candidates, she expects to have all results in by mid-May.
  • 23 May 2007:
    Anne writes to let me know that they have still not had a response.
  • 7 June 2007:
    Anne informs me that my application was not accepted. They are reviewing other options and hope to have an update by the end of June.

Chapter 4: Canada

  • 19 June 2007:
    Ty e-mails me to arrange a phone conversation about my options.
  • 21 June 2007:
    Phone conversation with Ty. Position could be moved to India, China, Ireland, maybe even UK or Canada.
  • 28 June 2007:
    Ty tells me that he would like to focus on Canada, they intended to open a new development centre in Vancouver.
  • 1 July 2007:
    Anne lets me know that they are still working on these options.
  • 3 July 2007:
    I chase things up with Ty. He is still waiting for details.
  • 13 August 2007:
    Canadian law firm request some details from me.
  • 14 August 2007:
    Anne confirms offer for Canadian Software Development Centre.
  • 15 August 2007:
    Andy arranges to talk with me over the phone to discuss new offer.
  • 22 August 2007:
    Phone conversation with Andy.
    Andy sends new offer letter.
    Canadian law firm confirm that they have all the details that they need.
  • 28 August 2007:
    I accept offer.
  • 29 August 2007:
    Andy puts me back in touch with Anne to sort out Canada logistics.
  • 30 August 2007:
    Anne requests some details.
    Jeff, my relocation specialist, gets in touch.
  • 4 September 2007:
    Bond, my homefinding helper, gets in touch.
  • 5 September 2007:
    Dani, my move manager, gets in touch.
  • 7 September 2007:
    Get confirmation that I have approval to travel to Canada.
  • 12 September 2007:
    Katie, my household goods move coordinator, gets in touch.
  • 13 September 2007:
    Anne asks me to complete a reference check form.

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