Next stop: MBA? Foster TMMBA strong!

Want to change the world? For as long as I can remember, technology has been a vital part of my life. My parents bought me a ZX Spectrum computer when I was 5 years old, and my mother went out of her way to make me feel like computer programmers are “cool” and that software programming would soon define the future of our world. So, I made it my priority to study English and computer languages in hopes that one day I would be able to become a programmer myself. Today, I am proud to say that I have achieved that goal by graduating with a master’s degree in computer science from the Kharkov Aerospace University and by developed it further with 10 years in professional software development. With that success under my belt, I feel that I am ready to advance beyond my childhood aspirations of being a computer engineer.[more]

Seattle University of Washington

 In my 10 years of professional experience, I have always strived to take on additional responsibilities in order to better myself. I came to the USA 4.5 years ago specifically to work for Microsoft and started as a Software Developer Engineer in Test (SDET) contractor. In just 10 months, I switched to an SDE role, and after only 3 more months I was promoted to a full-time position. I will received yet another promotion in September 2015 and I do not plan on stopping there. Throughout my career, I have been a part of over a dozen international trips where only the best representatives from our company were chosen. 

I have played a senior role on a variety of projects spanning telecommunication, recruiting, e-commerce, medicine, search advertising, and publishing. This has given me a well-diversified experience that is required for our ever changing business world, and I already made an impact in a large variety of global cities all across the world, including: Vinnytsia, Kiev, Odessa (Ukraine), Worthing (England), San Francisco, Washington DC, and Boston (United States). Furthermore, I continue working on international projects in Microsoft, since Bing Satori has offices in China, India, and Egypt, and we collaborate with them on daily basis.

Foster School of Business

It is my dream to start my own company, and I believe that the unique accelerated Technology Management MBA program is an ideal program to help me achieve this goal. Your program is my top choice considering your world class faculty members, convenient location, technology focus, accommodating schedule, top Northwest ratings, unique teaching methods, and vast alumni network of over 45,000 high caliber graduates living across the globe. Most of all, I look forward to is the collaborative atmosphere and getting real life practice in the international study tour. 

TMMBA Curriculum

Within the nearest future, I aim to progress my career from a software developer to a more business-focused “program manager” position, but still I wish to someday start a business of my own and take it public. Both goals require not just an extensive knowledge of fundraising, finance, and business development, but also great interpersonal and leadership abilities.

Why hire Foster MBA?
Fundamentally, when I think about entrepreneurship, I always remember one of the most passionate start-up projects that I worked on. I was in Boston, and we were building a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform (O-ARM) optimized for use in spine, orthopedic surgeries. I enjoyed working on this project because I was able to use my technology skills to help surgeons and patients with complex surgical procedures. Our team improved network communication between components in 2 ton device with a self-healing connection and built-in validation mechanisms. The project succeeded, and overall application life time drastically increased. The results inspired me to one day start my own company so that I can apply my technological expertise and lead projects that help even more people in even more industries. Last, but not least, I am convinced that I would be an excellent addition to TMMBA program due to my extensive knowledge of the tech industry and I will be able to create dream business and to help other people.

In March, a group of 22 students, alumni, staff, and faculty landed in Dubai for the beginning of the TMMBA International Study Tour. 



Accelerated 18-month work-compatible Foster MBA Program is designed for professionals who are passionate about technology and have an entrepreneurial-spirit. And let me end with my personal top reason an MBA can be the right choice, because it is designed for working professionals, all course materials provided, meals on class days. This program has strong professional alumni network with focus on technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

TMMBA Program Overview from TMMBA Program

UW Go HuskiesGo Huskies!


Dale Carnegie training for software industry

Programmers ultimately deal with people, both directly scoping with stakeholders, working with support people and indirectly end users. We can't afford to be anything less than fabulous with people. Software is eating our personal and professional lives, and we are today forced into relationships with digital counterparts that we often describe in human terms. Dale Carnegie training and his books kind of a life changing, the challenge is to keep practicing the parts that resonate with you as it does take work changing your habits at any company and industry. As users of software, when we are treated as an afterthought or merely a means to an end, we start down the path of “endless trouble”. As software developers, we have a responsibility to avoid this and make them feel important. [more]

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”  – Winston Churchill

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie biography 

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (Carnagey until c. 1922; November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ (1936), a massive bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), Lincoln the Unknown (1932), and several other books. Men who remembered century later was born 1988, his father was a farmer and mother school teacher. 

His mother Amanda was a driving force and she thought that he can accomplish much more than farmer. Dale Carnegie involved in home churn from 3 AM in the morning and then he went 3 miles to college every day. He was daily ashamed that he was poor. He was vice president in the college debating team. Later he joint some meat Company as a sells man. Dale managed to put away 500$ and get management job proposal in yearly twenties, but he decided to move to the biggest city New York. He enrolled in the acting school and was involved in 1 role, but it was not very successful, so he decided to sell cars. Teaching public speaking was his only skills at this time. 

Once Dale stood in front of the class and reached to them with lecture, but at some moment he does not have anything to say, so he decided to bring people to the stage and let them start doing public speaking.

My own experience

I applied to 8 weeks Dale Carnegie Course and I am graduating this week. It was once per week from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. My teacher on this course is Leighton Smith and he is one of the best teachers I had in my life. He has been an avocational trainer with Dale Carnegie Training since 2005, teaching both the 2-day High Impact Presentations program and this 8-week Dale Carnegie Course.  His day job is at Microsoft and he is originally from Auckland, New Zealand. His most recent role at Microsoft was speechwriter for the CFO, before moving into his current role in Corporate Finance Planning and Analysis.  

He explained material on the real example how to do public speaking and we presented 2 minute talk on each session about topics like: defining moment in your life, how to avoid worry and stress, incident that had an emotional and powerful impact, breakthrough or accomplishment during this course and many more. Usually people spent 25-30 hours together on this session where you can listen to other folks, teacher, present your ideas and study from all of them. Class is about 20-30 people and sometimes guests show up to support coworkers or your manager can visit to see your progress. 

The course is based on a five-phase continuous improvement cycle:

1.     Build greater self-confidence

2.     Strengthen people skills

3.     Enhance communication skills

4.     Develop leadership skills

5.     Improve attitude and reduce stress

Since its founding Dale Carnegie Training has expanded into sales training, leadership training, presentations training, and most recently customized corporate solutions. Microsoft covers all expenses and this course, so employees can benefit from it and then apply skills at work on the real projects. 

How have I benefited from this training?  

This training has provided me with a heightened sense of purpose and focus to the work I perform and the endeavors I pursue outside of work.  Specifically last week, I decided to create better client app for one of our services. We did not have this app as task in the original estimate, but I decided to give better code example and better onboarding experience to our customers.  Also we updated a lot of stuff in our MSDN documentation, because I see problems that customers facing and I put myself in their shoes first, for example we created C# examples for DTO (Data transfer objects) that can be copy pasted to production code will just work fine. This will save huge amount of time to people who work with us. 

Focusing on results and having the confidence to do the right thing had everything to do with this positive outcome.  In the past we would have gone back and forth for weeks and probably ended up with a completely different result, because I saw much less positive feedback from folks who used previous version of the service. I hope it will be nice for the after we deliver second version and any new service, so I know my attitude and enthusiasm for what I do is more consistent and I see the excitement I have for what I am doing is impacting other people.  I have made it a part of my daily purpose to recognize people for the contributions and successes they have in their work and personal lives, and to do this with the proper attention to the principles I have learned.  On the other hand, I like that I just better person to work with, because I smile a lot now. I so happy to be at work and see all my coworkers now, no kidding - really!

Carnegie challenged people behavior and biggest fears head on. Later he decided to change course a about human relationships. Showing respect to other people, and giving people dignity that everybody deserve to have. At 43 years old he took trip to China and he when he returned to USA it was economic disaster, but his classes were right in time and even more popular. How to get along with other people was idea for his book that he filled with common sense stories, and he was really good with ideas on how to inspire people with stories. Ideas that are still popular around that world even with story examples from USA. 

One of the principles is to smile, because it works as a puppy tail and smile means I am glad to see you. Another is to express honest and sincere appreciation to people, Carnegie was really appreciated by his readers. Book explosion was a driver from his classes too, because people purchased it after the class graduation. “How to win friends and influence people” become most popular book in the world. Set of basic ideas are remarkable ideas for self-improvements, like act enthusiastic and smile. Develop listening skills and be a better person. How to win friends and how to influence people - 30 million books sold and it is still selling 200,000 every year after 50 years later. Dale Carnegie training is global organization in 90 countries. 



A user feels important when they are listened to. The key here is not only to make software that gives the user the power to change or influence something they care about, but to allow them to be acknowledged for it as well. Dale Carnegie went to great lengths to stress that all such efforts are wasted if they are not done sincerely. I don’t think there’s an algorithm for sincerity, so it’s best to simply be sincere designers and developers. 

Genius of the common sense. He affected a lot of other people life’s and people still benefiting from his principles. He believed in everything that he said. Unique understanding of human nature helped him to lift others and influence people around the world. Each year course attend 130,000 individuals now. Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training has evolved from one man's belief in the power of self-improvement to a performance-based training company with offices worldwide, because they still focus on giving people in business the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their performance in order to build positive, steady, and profitable results. I would like to say thank you to my teacher Leighton and all people in my class for the great time and big thanks to Daile Carnegie for this training!

Agafonov Slava graduation from Dale Carnegie training


Enable built-in IIS compression in Azure

The time it takes to transfer an HTTP request and response across the network can be significantly reduced by decisions made by front-end engineers. It's true that the end-user's bandwidth speed, Internet service provider, proximity to peering exchange points, etc. are beyond the control of the development team. But there are other variables that affect response times. Compression reduces response times by reducing the size of the HTTP response. I found a bit tricky and interesting to enable compression in Azure service deployment. [more]

IIS 7 improves internal compression functionality dramatically making it much easier than previous versions to take advantage of compression that’s built-in to the Web server. IIS 7 also supports dynamic compression which allows automatic compression of content created in your own applications (ASP.NET or otherwise!). The scheme is based on content-type sniffing and so it works with any kind of Web application framework.

While static compression on IIS 7 is super easy to set up and turned on by default for most text content (text/*, which includes HTML and CSS, as well as for JavaScript, Atom, XAML, XML), setting up dynamic compression is a bit more involved, mostly because the various default compression settings are set in multiple places down the IIS –> ASP.NET hierarchy.

There are two approaches for doing this: Static Compression and Dynamic Compression. Compression in IIS 7.x is configured with two .config file elements in the space. The elements can be set anywhere in the IIS/ASP.NET configuration pipeline all the way from ApplicationHost.config down to the local web.config file. However, the web.config approach is something that you may want to use on the standard machines and not Azure VMs. To make it work on Windows Azure  you should use ApplicationHost.config (in the %windir%\System32\inetsrv\config folder) on IIS 7.5 with a couple of small adjustments (added JSON output and enabled dynamic compression).

<httpCompression directory="%SystemDrive%\inetpub\temp\IIS Temporary Compressed Files">

      <scheme name="gzip" dll="%Windir%\system32\inetsrv\gzip.dll" staticCompressionLevel="9" />

      <scheme name="deflate" dll="%Windir%\system32\inetsrv\gzip.dll" staticCompressionLevel="9" />


        <add mimeType="application/atom+xml" enabled="true" />

        <add mimetype="application/json" enabled="true" />

        <add mimetype="application/xml" enabled="true" />

        <add mimetype="application/atom+xml;charset=utf-8" enabled="true" />



    <urlCompression doDynamicCompression="true" />

Now, it might be tempting to add an <httpCompression> section to your web.config, and add application/json to that. But that's just a bad way to waste a good hour or two - you can only change the <httpCompression> element at the applicationHost.config level in Azure startup task.” Here is the startup task to enable all necessary formats like Atom/xml, XML and JSON, pick which you need/like the most. You will need to add cmd startup task in elevated mode to your Azure ServiceDefinition.csdef config file. Elevated mode is used to give AppCmd.exe sufficient permissions to change the settings in the Web.config file: This example adds a compression section and a compression entry for JSON to the config file, with error handling and logging.

<Startup      <Task commandLine="EnableCompression.cmd" executionContext="elevated" taskType="simple"></Task> 
EnableCompression.cmd file can look like this:
REM   *** Add a compression section to the Web.config file. ***
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config /section:urlCompression /doDynamicCompression:True /commit:apphost >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
REM   ERRORLEVEL 183 occurs when trying to add a section that already exists. This error is expected if this
REM   batch file were executed twice. This can occur and must be accounted for in a Windows Azure startup
REM   task. To handle this situation, set the ERRORLEVEL to zero by using the Verify command. The Verify
REM   command will safely set the ERRORLEVEL to zero.
REM   If the ERRORLEVEL is not zero at this point, some other error occurred.
   ECHO Error adding a compression section to the Web.config file. >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
   GOTO ErrorExit
REM   *** Add compression for json. ***
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config  -section:system.webServer/httpCompression /+"dynamicTypes.[mimeType='application/json; charset=utf-8',enabled='True']" /commit:apphost >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
   ECHO Error adding the JSON compression type to the Web.config file. >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
   GOTO ErrorExit
REM   *** Add compression for atom xml. ***
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config  -section:system.webServer/httpCompression /+"dynamicTypes.[mimeType='application/atom+xml; charset=utf-8',enabled='True']" /commit:apphost >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
   ECHO Error adding the atom compression type to the Web.config file. >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
   GOTO ErrorExit
REM   *** Add compression for XML. ***
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config  -section:system.webServer/httpCompression /+"dynamicTypes.[mimeType='application/xml; charset=utf-8',enabled='True']" /commit:apphost >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
   ECHO Error adding the XML compression type to the Web.config file. >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
   GOTO ErrorExit
REM   *** Exit batch file. ***
EXIT /b 0
REM   *** Log error and exit ***
REM   Report the date, time, and ERRORLEVEL of the error.
DATE /T >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
TIME /T >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1
ECHO An error occurred during startup. ERRORLEVEL = %ERRORLEVEL% >> "%TEMP%\StartupLog.txt" 2>&1

Script uses AppCmd.exe command line tool can be used to manage IIS settings at startup on Windows Azure.AppCmd.exe provides convenient, command line access to configuration settings for use in startup tasks on Windows Azure. Using AppCmd.exe, Website settings can be added, modified, or removed for applications and sites. For more information on AppCmd.exe, see AppCmd.exe on Microsoft Technet. To use AppCmd.exe at startup, add the appropriate AppCmd.exe commands to your startup task. However, a few factors that can combine to complicate the use of AppCmd.exe in startup tasks: Startup tasks can be run more than once between reboots. This can happen if the role recycles, for instance. Some AppCmd.exe actions can generate errors if they are performed more than once. Attempting to add a section to Web.config twice could generate an error. Startup tasks fail if they return a non-zero exit code or errorlevel. This can happen if AppCmd.exe generates an error.


Gzipping generally reduces the response size by about 70%. Approximately 90% of today's Internet traffic travels through browsers that claim to support gzip. Gzipping as many file types as possible is an easy way to reduce page weight and accelerate the user experience. It looks to me that gzip option is better than deflate, because it is the same approach, but it supports more browsers: http://www.vervestudios.co/projects/compression-tests/results. When you are done with IIS compression you can celebrate Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Birthday (19 October):


Challenge Bing vs Google

First of all, as you probably already know I was working in Bing Ads and I am going to move to the Bing Search next week (Satori is my new team) and I will be working in the city center plaza  in Bellevue (head quarters of Bing). Second, I see that a lot of people think that Google is only one good search engine that can find stuff in the web and people usually don't trust new search engines like Bing. So, people in Microsoft created web site where you can challenge Bing versus Google to change this or at least try. Microsoft and the Bing team set up a little website that lets you blindly compare search engines with 5 searches side to side. You can’t see which is which as the results populate and you choose which is better the one on the left or the right. [more]

Bing is basically a web search engine or software system that is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. Bing was unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on May 28, 2009, at the All Things Digital conference in San Diego, California, for release on June 1, 2009. 

As a marketing strategy, the Pepsi Challenge proved extremely successful for PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP). First launched in 1975, the campaign helped the soft drink earn recognition points over its larger rival, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO). The campaign was so effective that Coca-Cola launched a counter campaign as damage control, running commercials that showed consumers picking Coke over Pepsi in the challenge. You’re prompted to perform five searches.  Results are presented side-by-side with ads stripped and the pages looked remarkably similar.


The experiment we did first was fairly simple: participants entered a query of their choosing, got side-by-side results from both Bing and Google but with all branding removed, and picked which one was better for them (or declared it a tie). Each person repeated it ten times and their votes were totaled to determine an overall preference. When you take look at official blog from Bing you can find the following information: 

"In a blind test, people preferred Bing to Google for the web’s top searches. And that is just based on pure web results, so no ads, no Bing Snapshot and Social Search, no Google Knowledge Graph. Even taking away some of our most innovative features and with the handicap of using Google’s top search queries, Bing still comes out on top, with 52% of people preferring Bing’s results over Google’s, 36% preferring Google’s, and 12% choosing Bing and Google equally (for those that favor discarding ties, that’s 60% Bing, 40% Google when people had a clear preference). For the especially geeky, all those numbers are +/- 3% at a 95% confidence level." 

In my own view it is a so easy to see all this numbers and don't trust them, so I decided to check and experiment myself. Furthermore, I tried to jump on it and execute my own experiment and I submitted 100 queries on the BingItOn web site. Bing won 56 rounds with 2 draws. See my challenge results below:  

BING Google
AC Milan  BING fiddler GOOGLE
Shachtar  BING putin huylo GOOGLE
Pro club  BING ukraine war GOOGLE
Windows Phone gadget  BING donbass GOOGLE
reorg BING ayinger beer GOOGLE
sobchar shluha BING authentic bavarian dark GOOGLE
altbairish dunkel BING audacity GOOGLE
administrator command prompt BING smart search GOOGLE
bingiton BING nokia phone GOOGLE
chip food BING best twetter GOOGLE
authentification BING mountaneering GOOGLE
how to catch wave BING Everest GOOGLE
facebook friends BING honolulu GOOGLE
hawaii vacation BING hryvna GOOGLE
surfing BING iphone accesories GOOGLE
MBA program BING how far is mars GOOGLE
print screen BING numlock GOOGLE
thinkpad BING tesla GOOGLE
why people like iphone BING big data GOOGLE
you can do it BING Steve Ballmer GOOGLE
best surfer women BING Tim Cook GOOGLE
euro currency BING Satya Nadella GOOGLE
sleep well BING Maidan good or bad? GOOGLE
exchange currency BING euro 2016 GOOGLE
electric car BING skype ads GOOGLE
arnold shwarcneger BING need for speed GOOGLE
california weather BING Agafonov Slava GOOGLE
why people like facebook BING poker strategy GOOGLE
who is the best programmer BING best book about software GOOGLE
.NET library BING USA debt GOOGLE
Satori BING 3 world war GOOGLE
why microsoft is better than apple BING gas and oil price GOOGLE
how to patch linux on frebsd BING green card USA GOOGLE
Ukraine national soccer team BING buy flowers GOOGLE
Where is Yanukovich BING what is on dinner GOOGLE
Elon Mask BING cool stuff GOOGLE
round trip to moon BING amazon CEO GOOGLE
how to get into space BING beddinge resmo GOOGLE
Valentin Kuznetcov BING apple and cancer GOOGLE
Timur Sadykov BING climbing gear GOOGLE
who killed Kenedy BING New York prices GOOGLE
why windows is bad BING Washington GOOGLE
Nuclear war BING
Buk missle BING
china economy BING
qfc or safeway BING Alex Tokarev DRAW
best house in Kirkland BING Alex Blyznichenko DRAW
buy ak47 BING
charcoal BING
black table BING
seattle real estate BING
buy apartment bellevue BING
Paris or Rome BING
Travel to Germany BING
soccer in Italy or Germandy BING
estate market graph BING



Bing is a search engine that brings together the best of search and people in your social networks to help you spend less time searching and more time doing.Bing is only 5 years old and it has 20% of the search market already. We are growing fast and if you still don't think so you can try challenge Bing yourself. 

My only advice is to use more than 5 searches, at least 20 or 100 and see results, like I did. You also can earn credits just for searching the web with Bing and you can redeem for rewards like Amazon.com gift cards, Hulu Plus subscriptions, movie rentals and much more. I personally, enjoy to use Skype credits for calls to my family in Ukraine and Russia. Signing up is free and every day brings new chances to earn. You’re searching already, so why not get rewarded for it? Find out the REAL Winner!


Most asked tricky interview questions

How many of you had stumbled upon an interview question you haven’t prepared yourself for, and your mind drew a blank? Before I go to a job interview, I usually take the time to review the most common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Also, I review sample answers and advice on how to answer these typical interview questions. [more]

Here is the list of my favorite tricky questions:

Why did you leave your last job?

Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons. The interviewer may spend some time probing you on this issue, particularly if it is clear that you were terminated. Be brief, to the point, and as honest as you can without hurting yourself. Refer back to the planning phase of your job search. where you considered this topic as you set your reference statements. The "We agreed to disagree" approach may be useful. Remember hat your references are likely to be checked, so don't concoct a story for an interview.

What's your biggest weakness?


At first glance, this seems tricky. On one hand, you can’t reveal that you lack what it takes for the job; on the other, it will be an obvious lie if you claim you don’t have any weaknesses. What should you disclose then? If you're completely honest, you may be kicking yourself in the butt. If you say you don't have one, you're obviously lying. This is a horrible question and one that politicians have become masters at answering. They say things like "I'm perhaps too committed to my work and don't spend enough time with my family." Oh, there's a fireable offense. I've even heard "I think I'm too good at my job, it can often make people jealous." Please, let's keep our feet on the ground. If you're asked this question, give a small, work-related flaw that you're working hard to improve. Example: "I've been told I occasionally focus on details and miss the bigger picture, so I've been spending time laying out the complete project every day to see my overall progress." If you have thoroughly gone through the company’s profile and such, you will by now understand what qualities are considered strengths, and what are not. Now, there are several ways to answer double-edged questions like this. For example: with your knowledge of what constitute as weaknesses that are frown upon by the interviewer, you can admit to those which you have that are impertinent to the job requirement. 

Let's talk about salary. What are you looking for?

A loaded questions! A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like/that's tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? Even if you know the salary range for the job, if you answer first you're already showing all your cards. You want as much as possible, the employer wants you for as little as you're willing to take. Before you apply, take a look at salary.com or glassdoor.com for a good idea of what someone with your specific experience should be paid. You may want to say, "well, that's something I've thought long and hard about and I think someone with my experience should get between X & Y." Or, you could be sly and say, "right now, I'm more interested in talking more about what the position can offer my career." That could at least buy you a little time to scope out the situation. But if you do have a specific figure in mind and you are confident that you can get it, I'd say go for it. In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you salary range. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range. But whenever possible, say as little as you can about salary until you reach the "final" stage of the interview process. At that point, you know that the company is genuinely interested in you and that it is likely to be flexible in salary negotiations.

Gather as much information about the position and have a feel of what it’s like working there day in, day out. If they offer you the job and it is what you are seeking for, go for it! So after all that, what should you do when asked weird questions like these? Have fun with it, but try to make the interviewers remember you. 

Most asked tricky interview questions


Top important things for career

As you consider what you are looking for as the next step in your career, what are the top three things that are important to you? The most important step in managing your career is to know yourself. This is true whether you are just beginning your career, or are well-established. Taking the time to focus on knowing yourself better will help you make decisions about your career and professional development that will lead to long-term satisfaction. If you skip this step, you run the risk of making career decisions without regard to what you really want, which can lead to dissatisfaction with your career. [more]

CAREER - Where are YOU heading (Inspirational Cartoon)

What Pablo did? Very wisely he did not used all his time to get income, but he used his time to build a pipeline. He new that pipeline will bring ongoing income as long as the water flowed. Ongoing income that will multiple each time.

What most important things for career?

  1. Nothing - I am content in my current role and not interested in anything else 
  2. Work for a great manager 
  3. Find a role that is better aligned with my skills 
  4. Improve my general business skills (e.g., developing strategy, managing budget) 
  5. Find a good mentor 
  6. Taking on a more visible role 
  7. Doing something that I am truly passionate about 
  8. Work on products that have a great impact 
  9. Improve my soft skills (e.g., presentation, communications) 
  10. Greater impact on the business 
  11. Improve my skills as a leader 
  12. Opportunity to manage people 
  13. Opportunity to do an assignment outside my current location 
  14. Gain clarity on how my role aligns with company goals 
  15. More autonomy 
  16. Work with a great team 
  17. Opportunity to work in a different department 
  18. New challenges 
  19. Increase compensation 
  20. Improve technical skills specific to my profession 
  21. Take on a more influential role 
  22. Balance between work and life 
  23. Advancement (Promotion) 
  24. Support for innovation and risk-taking 
  25. Build new relationships/ increase my network 
  26. Job security/stability 
  27. Make sure the career has the potential to remain viable
  28. Priority and core tasks on the project
  29. Start Networking With Confidence
  30. Overcoming your fear or shyness with a good team.


As part of career planning, it is important that you clarify what motivates you to do your best work. Knowing what motivates you can help you design a career path that provides energy and excitement about your work. Find resources to help you manage your career, including how to identify your business interests, professional values, and skills. Find resources to help clarify what is important to you and what career path you want to pursue. Learn why it is important to clarify what motivates you most so that you can plan a rewarding career for yourself. Every person has 24 hours per day. Age, health are important things to consider. Having defined career goals helps you focus and prioritize your development efforts—and research shows that you are more likely to achieve a goal when you write it down. You can expect your career goals may change every few years as your career evolves and as you are exposed to new opportunities and experiences. Find out how getting to know yourself better will help you make career decisions that will lead to long-term satisfaction. We should not use all our time to get bigger income and we don't need to use larger buckets.


Microsoft in 2013

Microsoft has burgeoned since its start in 1975. From the beginning to the present, Microsoft's mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. I am still working in this amazing company and proud of it. Last year was very fun, I attended company meeting first time, switched from iPhone to Windows Phone, purchased surface 2 to my parents and was really excited about MSFT. [more]
Our success as a company depends on continually advancing our strategy and executing quickly, efficiently, and with greater excellence in the way we develop, sell, and support devices and services. Achieving this relies on a One Microsoft culture in which individuals are motivated to do their best work together. Working with others to drive broader results makes this a great place to work. Rewarding employees for their impact to the business reinforces the importance of those results. Giving and receiving feedback, coaching, and engaging employees to learn, grow, and deliver their best work promotes great business contributions and career experiences at Microsoft.

What do you want in a job? Do you want more than a paycheck? At Microsoft, you can discover potential you did not know you had, push your limits, turn your ideas into reality and make a real impact on the industry and the world. Just imagine what you could create. Our workplace culture today offers the stability of working at an established, mature company with the entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up. We’re bringing together the best of both worlds for employees. We’re working in smaller teams, products are released to market at a faster cadence and walls are literally coming down to encourage collaboration. As the company evolves, the opportunities to impact the devices and services used by billions of people and millions of businesses has only increased. We offer a wide variety of roles in over 100 countries, spanning our many technologies, devices and services.

  • According to Wikipedia:

On March 29, 2013, Microsoft launched a Patent Tracker. The Kinect sensor device was upgraded for the 2013 release of the eighth-generation Xbox One and its capabilities were revealed in May 2013. The new Kinect uses an ultra-wide 1080p camera, it can function in the dark due to an infrared sensor, it employs higher-end processing power and new software, it can distinguish between fine movements (such as a thumb movements), and the device can determine a user's heart rate by looking at his/her face. Microsoft filed a patent application in 2011 that suggests that the corporation may use the Kinect camera system to monitor the behavior of television viewers as part of a plan to make the viewing experience more active.On July 19, 2013, Microsoft stocks suffered its biggest one-day percentage sell-off since the year 2000 after its fourth-quarter report raised concerns among the investors on the poor showings of both Windows 8 and the Surface tablet; with more than 11 percentage points declining Microsoft suffered a loss of more than USD 32billion. For the 2010 fiscal year, Microsoft had five product divisions: Windows Division, Server and Tools, Online Services Division, Microsoft Business Division, and Entertainment and Devices Division. 

On September 3, 2013, Microsoft agreed to buy Nokia's mobile unit for $7 billion. Also in 2013, Amy Hood became the CFO of Microsoft. In line with the maturing PC business, in July 2013 Microsoft announced to reorganize the business into 4 new business divisions by function: Operating System, Apps, Cloud and Devices. All previous divisions will be diluted into new divisions without any workforce cut

  • According to Microsoft blog:

(In millions, except per share data)
Year Ended June 30,2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Revenue$77,849 $ 73,723 $ 69,943 $ 62,484 $ 58,437
Operating income$26,764 (a) $ 21,763 (b) $ 27,161 $ 24,098 $ 20,363
Net income$21,863 (a) $ 16,978 (b) $ 23,150 $ 18,760 $ 14,569
Diluted earnings per share$2.58 (a) $ 2.00 (b) $ 2.69 $ 2.10 $ 1.62
Cash dividends declared per share$0.92 $ 0.80 $ 0.64 $ 0.52 $ 0.52
Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments$77,022 $ 63,040 $ 52,772 $ 36,788 $ 31,447
Total assets$142,431 121,271 $ 108,704 $ 86,113 $ 77,888
Long-term obligations$ 26,070 $ 22,220 $ 22,847 $ 13,791 $ 11,296
Stockholders' equity$ 78,944 $ 66,363 $ 57,083 $ 46,175 $ 39,558

A lot can happen in a year -- for any one person, or in this case, a company. In 2013, Microsoft introduced the world to a slew of new products, including Windows 8.1, Surface 2 and Xbox One, celebrated Skype's 10th anniversary and opened a new CSI-style Cybercrime Center. It was a tough year for Microsoft as they struggled with PR stumbles and the challenge of launching a new console. 80 million console XBOX sold.

As Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said: "High-value activities enabled by a family of devices and services. We are still in the early days of our transformation, yet we made strong progress in the past year launching devices and services that people love and businesses need. We brought Windows 8 to the world; we brought consistent user experiences to PCs, tablets, phones and Xbox; and we made important advancements to Windows Server, Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Office 365. We are proud of what we accomplished this year and continue to be passionate about delivering better devices and services more quickly". Microsoft is the ideal place for people who have passion for their work and the desire to make an impact—in their careers, in the community and on the world. Microsoft is a unique company; and not just within the tech industry. Here, smart people thrive on their own terms and push their intelligence to its limit. The variety of job opportunities and career advancement at Microsoft is incredible and empowers you to constantly challenge yourself and chart your own course.

Microsoft in 2013

Author - Agafonov Slava

Agafonov Slava site

My full name is Slava Agafonov and this is my web site about software. I'm a passionate techie living in Seattle and I am working in Microsoft as software engineer. I graduated and received masters from Kharkov Aerospace University in 2007 and I am from Ukraine. My passion for programming is in my ability to create tools that make people's lives easier, but also I am trying to have fun while doing it. On the other hand, I am developer aiming to spread information about programming, share useful findings mostly on the Microsoft stack to help other people. Lastly, I like to play basketball, chess and enjoy nature with mountaineering and surfing. Slava Agafonov profileAgafonov Slava on Twitter Counter.com