Microsoft Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview Questions

Updated Aug 23, 2015
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Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in July 2015.

Interview

I was contacted by a recruiter - that was a career hold in MSFT HQ. After talking to recruiter, there is a phone screen to write two functions before they asked me to go onsite. The onsite interview process did not take long - I talked to 4 senor engineers and finished the event in the afternoon. The questions are not particularly difficult, compared with other Bay Area SW companies.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in October 2014.

    Interview

    Got an interview from on campus recruiting. The interview was on campus with a Microsoft Engineer. After a brief intro of himself, he asked me to solve an algorithm question and write it out in code. The interviewer was very friendly and although I stumbled he coached me through it so I was able to obtain a solution.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    This is just a phone screen in which the interviewer asked basic questions. I was actually not very interested because I had just learned that 18,000 people are being laid off from their jobs. One interesting question was: If a single bit has two possible values (0 or 1) than how many possible values in an 8-bit byte?

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    • Write a function to remove duplicates from a list of characters.   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    Typical Microsoft interview process. Not very different from Amazon or Google. There are tons of interview questions and tips available in books and online. You usually go through a HR phone call, may be a pre-screening, then a technical screening usually over the phone and finally 4-6 rounds onsite. The onsite interviews is a "biased" interview - interviews share information. If your interview stops at no 3, you probably didn't make it. Even if you make it to the hiring manager interview, it is not a sure thing.

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    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate since I was doing a temp job and simply took whatever was offered.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Interview

    I almost missed out because they typed my email wrong and they'd been trying to contact me for weeks. I had an on campus interview with some relatively straightforward questions. I was invited to visit on their campus. They had a nice set up with reimbursements etc, but they booked me the worst flight imaginable (I had to sleep on a bench at O'Hare). The interview went okay. I had one interview that was good and I answered questions correctly except for a brain teaser type question that I couldn't get more than a basic answer for. Another interviewer and I had a lot of trouble communicating. He saw I put Java on my resume (which I shouldn't have given how rusty I was) and kept posing his questions in Java despite my request for C/C++. The final interview had a bit manipulation/algorithms question. The interviewer said I had the most concise and efficient answer he'd seen. I also had a nice, long conversation with this guy about the company and how it's grown and other things. He, more than anything else made me want to work there.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in March 2013.

    Interview

    It was straight forward. Technical phone screen, on site interview with engineers. Asked questions about algorithms, they also asked questions about a lot of different data structures and database topics

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in March 2012.

    Interview

    Phone Interview with live-meeting so they could see me coding, then a full day loop interview including lunch. I showed up 9 AM, and passed 3 technical interview, then had lunch till 1 PM. Had another technical interview and at last meet the hiring manager.

    Interview Questions

    • It was all data structure and security related questions. Nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It was quick, they gave an offer with a full relocation package.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in May 2010.

    Interview

    One by one, each person on your list gets to give you whiteboard coding questions for an hour. If they don't like you, then you don't go on to the next one. If you make it until the end of the day and the manager starts talking salary, then they'll probably make you an offer.

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    • They'll usually ask you questions about linked lists, binary trees, recursion, memory allocation, etc.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Not very difficult. They gave me what I asked for, and the bonus + stock + benefits were more than what I was making before.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Was arranged for 60 minute phone screen with a hiring manager. In phone, asked some generic questions like, 1. What role in your previous company; 2. What skills you have; 3. What are your personal best contributions and how you did; 4. Knowledge tests for c#; 5. Writing tests for coding skills;

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    • Was stuck in coding test, cause misunderstand the questions.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cairo (Egypt)
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Cairo (Egypt)) in July 2012.

    Interview

    I had 8 interviews on two days and at last I got an interview with the director . after that they told me that I'm on their waiting list and they are reviewing other candidates .

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