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Microsoft Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 17, 2014
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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)

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

Interview Details – Typically consists of an initial technical phone screen and then a round of up to 6 interviews.

Interview Question – Standard array of technical questions for the industry, but focusing more on the approach to a problem than knowing the correct answers immediately   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None, I was a college grad and didn't have any negotiation options


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Redmond, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Planning, initial communication - very good
5 interviews
Work culture is different from group to group and varies.
Offices - based on seniority; some groups have people sharing offices, some use cubicles.

Interview Question – What would be your ideal job?   View Answer


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Redmond, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Had multiple interviews. One on campus interview and then multiple interviews at Microsoft in Redmond. Interview questions consisted of algorithms and personal questions about what you have done. Interviewers asked question about sorting and performing string manipulations.

Interview Question – Find the most amount of palindromes in a given string.   Answer Question


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2008.

Interview Details – 1 phone interview (around 20 minutes about general CS concepts), after I passed that they scheduled another on site interview with four different people. That one lasted around 4 hours.

Interview Question – Nothing really unexpected. I would say that reading the "Programming Interviews Exposed" book got me the job.   Answer Question


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Seattle, WA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – he 1st was a telephone technical interview. then i was called onsite. which had 3 interviews.

Interview Question – finad all plaindromes ina string.   View Answers (2)


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Redmond, WA

The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2007.

Interview Details – Started off with an e-mail question that I had to respond to. After that, a phone interview - some questions regarding real-time OS systems and concurrency issues. On-site had 6 interviews. The first 3 interviews were planned, the rest were added on later on. The last interview was with a director who asked non-technical questions

Interview Question – Implement a counting semaphore using only binary mutexes   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Low salary overall.


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2012.

Interview Details – Phone review (basic buzzwords: virtual functions, tcp vs udp), f2f interview with team lead: algorithm question and white board implemantion of math expression calculation, f2f interview with additional team lead: system design: how to design Google suggest, features, alg, arch, tests. F2f interview with manager: past projects, behavioral questions. HR interview

Interview Question – Math expression calculation, including power   Answer Question


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Hyderābād (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2013.

Interview Details – Though i applied online to a position in Microsoft for more than a month, i only received the call from the recruiter a day after i got a reference. Now though i applied for a Program Manager position, the recruiter informed me that my profile suited another position: SDET 2 among the current openings.
I never did have any formal testing experience prior in my career but when the recruiter mentioned that development was the integral part of the profile.

My interview was with a Lead Tester whose questions were excellent analytical questions in Testing scenarios. He did not ask any typical technical questions (which otherwise can be googled). He was really testing my thinking on how i would test a product.

Interview Questions

  • How will you manage multilingual (Hundreds of languages) testing of a Product in a very very short notice i.e. you cannot test all of them.   View Answer
  • Prepare a detailed Test Plan Document: Resources required, Hardware required,Test Scenarios, Time required etc for "testing a Simple Web application form with 3 text fields and 2 numeric fields". He asked me to first ask him all the requirements as one would ask the client.   Answer Question


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2012.

Interview Details – I submitted my resume at a University career fair and was invited to an on-campus interview a few days later. The interview consisted of some questions about my personal projects and one coding question. I outlined several solutions to the coding question but ended up writing a different one from what I explained. I was still invited to the final round because I had outlined a good solution when talking it over with the interviewer.

Interview Question – What was a difficult problem you've dealt with?   Answer Question


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Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Hyderābād (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in March 2008.

Interview Details – 4 technical and 1 personal; Mostly testing question and question on SQL technical about joins, indexes, etc.. THe testing concepts and different testing types like white box, black box etc. manager round is mostly how you manage your time and strength and weakness

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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