Microsoft Muscles Into Retail Stores

One thing’s for sure about the employees at Microsoft’s (MSFT) new retail stores: they’re going to need strong backs and biceps.

In the job listings Microsoft posted for its new stores yesterday, the company lists a number of unsurprising requirements for prospective retail workers. They need to be able to provide a “warm welcome” for customers, “execute the sales and service strategies” of Microsoft’s retail group and restock shelves. The listings also say workers need to be able to lift and carry 75 pounds (“loading and unloading all those great products and carrying purchases out for our customers will be required!”).

That hefty weight requirement raises some questions: Will Microsoft have barbells at the ready during its interview process to test how much staffers can deadlift?

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