Yesterday there was a meet-and-greet kind of thing on the Microsoft campus for a bunch of Nebraska engineering students. It was interesting. The people, a whopping one or two years younger than me, seemed overwhelmingly interested in all sorts of inconsequential things that a recruiter clearly could have told them about, such as Microsoft's dress code, the hours that people work, and how many people have expensive sports cars. I guess it's just a little easier to informally ask someone who went to your school about those sorts of things. Nobody wanted to know what our jobs were like or what we did each day. No, the engineers, only a couple of which were even computer engineers, wanted to know what the cost of living is like and whether or not I use Firefox.
I'm not sure what the point of the visit was. Only a couple of the people there had any interest at all in working for Microsoft. Not too many mechanical engineers on the Excel team.