I got some depressing news last Thursday via an overnight FedEx letter from MSFT. Three days before I was to be shipped out to Redmond to begin a new life, they officially denied my quest and retracted the job offer that was given to me 3 weeks prior. Heck, they even went so far as to denying me any employment offers until July 2015! That’s pretty damn harsh if you ask me…
So “what the hell happened?!” you’re probably wondering…
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So back to my story. Apparently some person(s) up in Redmond’s “ethics committee” or something of that nature wasn’t so impressed by a negative mark on my background check. No, I didn’t hurt anyone. No, it wasn’t drug or alcohol related. It was something juvenile I did a few years back and heck, I felt so disgusted with myself afterwards I even voluntarily turned myself into two random cops on the street in an attempt to fix a problem that nobody was even aware of. Needless to say that one attempt to be forthright and honest turned into this lost opportunity with Microsoft.
Moral of the story? CLEAR YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK of anything negative going back at least 7 years if you’re looking to apply for a position @ MSFT. Why didn’t I do that? Well, I did. Except for the law firm I was trying to use lagged their ass off and it’s taking 3 times as long and 500x more expensive as if I had gone through with the expungement process myself.
So again, if you can overlook a once in a lifetime stupid juvenile decision that I made a long time ago and if you’re looking for a SharePoint Professional that can travel to any corner of the earth, provide remote support, or pitch SharePoint to you executive team feel free to contact me anytime @ henry [at] henryong.com.
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Thanks for listening! 🙂
MSFT has its head in its ass most of the time. Don’t take it too hard 🙂
No worries, I’m sure you’ll find something better!
Yo, Don’t think about that too much… MSFT is a great company to work, but it’s not the only one….
I’m pretty confident you will find a company to work for that will look past your past and look at what you bring to the table today.
Best of luck Henry!
I thought having a few juvenile incidents in your records was a requirement for working for Microsoft. Just check out Bill Gates himself:
Heck, Microsoft is committing a crime every day when they try to sell SharePoint as “working software” while we “in the know” have experienced that this is far from the case. I’ve seen the confidential list of incidents/bugs related to MOSS 2007 since SP1, and it ain’t a short one!
I hope you get a position in Orange County. I lived there for 3 months back in 2004 – it’s a really nice and sunny place. Nothing like rainy Seattle.
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that’s VERY harsh.