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Microsoft To Prospective Employees: Get In Shape
Sunday, August 23, 2009 - by Amy Vernon
Anyone who wants to work in one of Microsoft's new retail stores had better be in pretty good physical shape or start pumping iron now.

The job description for sales associates says:

Lifting/carrying 75 pounds (loading and unloading all those great products and carrying purchases out for our customers will be required!)

A Microsoft employee in the U.K. first noticed this requirement, and then TechFlash dug further and found that store managers need only be able to lift 50 pounds. Retail technical advisors also have the 75 pound requirement, while retail trainers have the lower, 50 pound requirement.

It might be worth noting that "Microsoft technology knowledge" is merely a "plus" in getting the job for associates and store managers are told only that "previous experience working with and selling technology" is "preferred."

The weight lifting descriptions, however, are listed under "abilities required." So, you MUST be able to lift 50 to 75 pounds, but you don't have to know squat about Microsoft products. good to see priorities are in order.

also posted:


just delete the ei.cfg file from the disk image.


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Aug. 27th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
While I fully appreciate the point the article is making :-), there is a legal and semantic difference between 'plus', 'preferred' and 'required'. HR will require that employees have the physical capacity due to OH&S reasons, so the ability to lift is a 'required' attribute. I.e., MS don't want to get sued for your muscle strains on the job. 'Preferred' usually means 'you really have to have it, but you're better than all the other applicants who have this knowledge, you still may get the job, and we can train you'. Realistically, even if you think you know about MS technology, you'll have to be trained to make sure you know what MS want you to say. If they provide training anyway, they could risk being sued for rejecting someone without the knowledge. Experience is preferred, but I'm assuming a large corporation such as MS has entry level positions too, thus it's not a 'requirement'.

Sounds like the OP was scraping the bottom of the barrel for a story :-D
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