Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview Questions

Updated Jun 22, 2015
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

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

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

Interview

Applied through campus recruiting. One telephonic round and then 5 onsite rounds. Interview included solving one coding question, and then testing it. Focused more on how to would I test the code, and debug it.

Interview Questions

  • * Merge two sorted linked list. The merged list should also be sorted.
    * Compact a string. i.e remove spaces
    * traverse a link list containing char* as data. test cases for the same.
    * reverse a string. test cases for the same.
    * remove all the given characters from a string.
     
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Called in for on campus interview. Had one of the most amazing experiences, the interviewer was very nice and helpful. Even took her out for lunch after where she gives very helpful tips on my resume and work environment in future.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a Stack with n elements, write a method that always keeps the max of the stack?   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Dallas, TX) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was asked for a telephonic interview first. Interviewer didn't ask anything. Just discussed about my projects and achievements with me. Than he switched to some behavioral questions. No technical questions asked. He seemed to be very optimistic and positive during the interview, but somehow I got rejection later on.

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Campus interview at my university. 30 mins interview which asked my resume and some technical questions. Asked me link list question which is easy, and reverse string, check string palindrome .

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    I was contacted by a campus recruiter to do an on campus interview. The interview was very non-technical and afterwards I was invited to interview on-site for an SDET position. They flew me out and paid for food and housing, then I spent a day interviewing. The interviews themselves were fine, not terribly difficult, but I wasn't set out to be a SDET so I didn't prepare and showed that in the testing specific interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of "is this ready to ship to the world" questions, can't remember specifics.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2015.

    Interview

    It was a phone interview. The interviewer rushed me through a 30 minute interview asking a combination of technical and behavioral questions such as how to build a queue from two stacks, Boxing, encapsulation, how to build a battleships game. He also asked what the most complex question I have had to solve is and how I tackled it. I hardly had time to ask any questions at the end.

    Interview Questions

    • what the most complex question I have had to solve is and how I tackled it   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Had 5 45 minute interviews back to back with 15 minute breaks in between. The interviewers talk to each other while you are taking a break before the next one comes to get you. Mix of personality/behavioral and "What would you do in this scenario..." questions. Very laid back interviewers dress is casual and you can just act like you're having a normal conversation... while also writing code on a whiteboard.

    Interview Questions

    • Question about Data encryption over HTTPS websites and he drilled really deep asking questions like how secret and private keys work, how the secret key is shared, and how encryption of data actually takes place on websites.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    not much negotiation as it was for an internship

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    It started out with me reaching out to a recruiter through Linkedin. I was then told if a hiring manager is interested in my resume, I would be contacted shortly. I heard back next week and was then set up for a Skype Interview. This interview lasted for a hour and questions were pretty straightforward (One coding question and one testing/design related question).

    In the next week after the Skype interview, I was contacted once again and invited onsite for 4 interviews.
    Interview 1: Lunch interview which included knowing more about the team and what they are working on. After the lunch, we went back to the office and there was whiteboard coding questions. This round lasted for about 90 minutes.
    Interview 2: The interview started with me describing (Sequence Diagram) of my current project. After that I was asked a coding problem and was asked to determine the test cases. This interview lasted for about 60 minutes.
    Interview 3: A purely testing question followed by some whiteboard coding. This interview too lasted for about 60 minutes. After this interview, the interview told me that my next round of interview would be with the Hiring Manager.
    Interview 4: Purely behavioral and the hiring manager sees if you are a good fit for the team.

    Heard back in a week and was extended an offer.

    Tips: Don't be scared. I was a little overwhelmed when I walked through the campus but then the HR along with other interviewers really ease you into the interview. Talk loudly as the interviewer then knows what you are thinking about. I was given few hints when I was stuck and the hints really help in that case. Also I was really comfortable writing code on the whiteboard as I spent 2 weeks before the onsite interview practicing on the whiteboard. This really helps. A must do!

    Approach the testing questions in a very structured manner as they really like that. Cracking the coding interview has those steps mentioned.

    Resources: Geeksforgeeks - This is the only online resource that I referred as I had gone through Cracking the coding interview and Programming interviews exposed in the past.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing that difficult. Just know your basics about data Structures, Algorithms and Testing if interviewing for a SDET position.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I negotiated a bit as I did not have any other offers. But please negotiate as there is always room for more.

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Didn't get very far. Just finished the first interview. I thought it has gone well, but apparelrntly not. Screener is very time focused, and the whole process is very streamlined. There's no question that they're looking for the best people.

    Interview Questions

    • You are given two buckets. One holds 3 gallons and the other holds 5 gallons. Have do you make 4 gallons of water?   2 Answers
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Applied both online and through contacting a college recruiter for their internships. I had an on campus 30 minute interview that they use to decide whether to bring you to Washington for 4 additional interviews. Interview questions are about as expected, and the interviewer was very polite. Overall it was a very positive experience and I'd recommend it to anyone.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you simulate the functionality of a queue using 2 stacks   1 Answer

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