Microsoft To Prospective Employees: Get In Shape

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.

The job descriptions are a bit touch-feely beyond these odd requirements. Associates are expected to "act as tour guide" and "be the example of the Microsoft vision of the customer relationship." Oh, and associates will "collaborate with corporate and field team members in the development of necessary tools and programs [WAIT FOR IT] that will lead to long-term relationships with elated customers."

The managers are simply required to "recruit, interview, hire, train and develop" this team - "the most knowledgable and skilled team in retail." And keep attrition at less than 20 percent annually, which, in this job market, one might imagine, should be relatively easy.

The first stores will open in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mission Viejo, Calif. The job descriptions don't include salary ranges.
Tags:  Microsoft, Store