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Updated Jun 18, 2014
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I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2014.

Interview Details – Passed the first round on campus. Then they flew me to Bellevue, WA for on-site. 4 interviews back to back. Both behavioral and technical questions were asked. The recruiter told us the result right after the interview

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected, just open technical questions that require a clear thinking process   Answer Question

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Interview Details – First-round was medium difficulty.

Interview Question – The situational questions   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

Interview Details – I applied at the career fair (I attend a top CS school) and was asked to interview on campus shortly after. The interview on campus asked me which role I was going for, and I told him that I did not have a preference, and he ultimately sent me to the final round for the SDET position. On site, I attended what they call an "event", where 15 of us were there together in a room, went to four interviews each, and were hanging out in the room between those interviews. After the fourth interview, we all hung out for an hour, and they told us each the offer decision one-by-one. It was overall a great process.

None of the questions were crazy hard or crazy algorithmic.

Interview Questions

  • Program a function that takes in two words and checks if the first is a substring of the second.   View Answer
  • Find the angle between the hour, minute, and second hand on a clock at any given time.   Answer Question
  • Merge two sorted arrays in place, with the second array having enough space to fit in the first. Do not create a new array.   Answer Question
  • Why do you want the SDET role instead of the SDE role?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I was much more excited about an offer I got at a different company, though I was also excited about Microsoft.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online, and get an invitation for interview at the same day. one on campus interview, and one on site interview. Microsoft pay for almost everything, and It was a great experience. Took me a day to get the result.

Interview Question – nothing unexpected   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – nonnegotiable

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Interview Details – Interviewed for SDE Internship, consisted of 3 rounds. First 2 were on campus, last round was at Redmond. First 2 rounds were heavily technical, last round consisted of 2 interviews not as technical as previous rounds. Interviewers were very nice and passionate about what they did, questions they asked were all very fair and nothing surprising.

Interview Question – Fairly standard technical questions about algorithms and data structures.   Answer Question

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Redmond, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

Interview Details – My friend recommended me to Microsoft. I think I basically skipped the first round interviews, I had a brief conversation with the recruiter over the phone about my interests but that was it before on site interviews in Seattle. The Seattle interviews were really fun. I was part of an "event" which means that there were a lot of us interviewing for the same teams. There were 4, 45 minute onsite interviews where we talked about what I had done previous summers and where I answered the usual coding interview questions.

Interview Question – Most questions were pretty standard coding interview questions.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I want to try interning at a smaller company.

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Bellevue, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft in March 2012.

Interview Details – Initially found Microsoft through MIT's career office and applied for an interview. The interviews had standard technical questions. The recruiter, however, was very pushy and intrusive; he did not make me want to work for Microsoft. That was a disappointment.

Interview Question – How do you quickly compute a knight's tour on a chessboard?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Has better offers from elsewhere

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – I was contacted by their recruiting staff, and asked if I wanted to submit a resume to interview with them. I decided that was a good idea, so I uploaded my resume to their intern application page. A few weeks later I was offered an on campus interview at my university. The interview was just one technical question, listed below, and a few HR questions.

Interview Question – Given two nodes in a binary tree, find their first common ancestor. You may not store nodes, and assume that the tree is already created.   View Answers (3)

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Was referred by a friend who had worked there the summer before. I sent in my resume via email and was asked to do a 30 minute phone interview. A couple weeks after the phone interview, received an email asking me to come to the second round of interviews in Redmond. While there, they were extremely nice in the amenities -- great hotel, food budget, transportation, etc. During the day, had a total of 4 approximately hour long interviews where learned about Microsoft and was also asked one or two technical questions.

Interview Question – The questions involved arrays and trees mostly.   Answer Question

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Interview Details – One on-campus interview followed by on-site interview. Flew out to Redmond. Had 3 interviews of mostly how-to-approach design problems and very easy technical questions.

Interview Question – Given the two coordinates of opposite corners of two rectangles, are they intersecting?   Answer Question

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