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Winner of Microsoft reality show claims his prize — a job

Some reality show winners stroll away with tens of millions of {dollars}. Mike Kett’s massive reward is a job in Microsoft’s IT division. And he’s very joyful about it.

The 36-year-old e-commerce and database specialist from the Boston space was topped the winner of “Be The Next Microsoft Employee” this morning because the Microsoft Studying division wrapped up the web-based reality sequence that we first told you about a month ago.

You’ll be able to watch the ultimate episode above.

The sequence was taped weeks in the past. Kett has already moved to Seattle with his spouse, and he has been working at Microsoft because the finish of July as a Microsoft IT program supervisor. His new co-workers knew he was the winner, however the firm saved it beneath wraps to the surface world, to keep away from spoiling the ending.

So how does it really feel to land a job by a reality show?

“It was a actually wonderful solution to see how folks react beneath stress, and a comparatively lifelike interview course of,” Kett stated in an interview this morning. “The issues that we had been introduced with weren’t one hundred pc lifelike as a result of of time constraints and lack of ability to get extra data, however I’ve been beneath comparable conditions earlier than in earlier jobs.”

He stated the expertise of being on the show was “a curler coaster of feelings,” with the contestants not realizing upfront what that day’s problem would entail. “The stress of simply going by the challenges was a tough factor to cope with. In the event you gained, it was the best of highs, and when you misplaced it was the bottom of lows. It was tough, however general, with the ability to take a step again and take a have a look at it, it was a actually enjoyable course of.”

There was no Survivor-style backstabbing or rivalries, he stated. He and his fellow contestants felt a camaraderie and would discuss every night time in regards to the challenges. Additionally competing within the show had been Alex Aguilar, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Chris Williams of Austin, Texas; and Stacy Luciani of Richardson, Texas.

The sequence was created by Mark Protus, a Microsoft veteran who got here again to the corporate about a 12 months in the past to work in advertising for Microsoft Studying. The purpose of was to show the advantages of coaching and certification in applied sciences resembling SQL Server.

The archive of episodes is available here. No official phrase on whether or not the sequence can be again for a second season, however a firm consultant says there’s tons of curiosity within the idea at Microsoft in Redmond, in addition to in Europe and India.

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