Yeah, it is true I did get that call from Microsoft to go through the interview for the PFE in SharePoint and you know what the end result I didn’t get selected.
Well, I am definitely disappointed not getting selected but I am not unhappy with what I am doing today, either technically or financially.
let’s walk you through the process how it all happened and how I missed the boat.
A recruiter reached me out on Linkedin sending that one of the emails you get once in a while. Well, I was not looking for anything but when Microsoft is knocking I couldn’t resist and thought of giving it a shot.
Recruiter did a prescreen test, throwing some random questions about SharePoint like let’s say
- Name three databases that get’s created when SharePoint is installed.
- How many web application can a content database have
- What is the default authentication mode SharePoint use
- Name three service application in SharePoint.
- Some question related to office 365
So similar kind of trivia questions. Once you are through the recruiter than you will have tour first interview which was a phone screen. This is the main beef that you have to cross to go to second round and my journey ended right here.
I was interviewed my 2 PFEs from Microsoft who pretty much do what you will be doing if you get hired. The position was for SharePoint PFE for the year 2018. Major of the question they asked me was about SharePoint 2016 and Hybrid.
Honestly, the questions weren’t that difficult but my smartness of not doing enough research failed me miserably.
I am a SharePoint Consultant and been working in SharePoint for almost 10 years now. My last knowledge of SharePoint is until 2013 professionally and some front-end exposure to Office 365. I never got a chance to have my hands on 2016 or hybrid which is a major part of the new PFE role.
I didn’t have SP2016 or Office 365 on my resume so my understanding was I will get to learn about them with the knowledge I have about Sharepoint legacy systems. But it was not the case, the position demands enough expertise at least in the interview.
So, I am writing this just for those candidates who have their interview lined up for PFE in SharePoint. When I searched for myself I didn’t find anything.
So get prepared for SharePoint 2016, what does it have more than 2013. What are hybrid systems? How do you build a hybrid? What can be shared between hybrid systems?; let’s say if there is a managed metadata service application in on-premise can it be consumed by online. What was the biggest challenge while updating 2010 to 2013. With all the usual questions you get in SharePoint 2013, get prepared for more cloud exposure. So having not seen SP2016 was a big mistake I have done. Also, you can ask the person who sets up your interview about the possible areas that you can prepare.
I kind of rue the chance, trust me the interview will not be that tough if you have worked in SharePoint for a number of years. But do some research on the recent technology being used by Microsoft and get prepared. I can’t tell you more about the interview process because that’s where I ended. I bet there are more rounds but make sure you go through this. Let me know if you find some other experiences in the comments.
If this helps at least 1 person, I will celebrate the time I took writing this.