Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview Questions

Updated Oct 17, 2014
Updated Oct 17, 2014
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details

This was a very standard interview process where I received a phone screen by HR, then a phone screen by an engineer, and then finally I was flown out to the location for around four interviews lasting an hour each. There was no lunch break as the interviews were from 1-5pm

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Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Very fast process for me, but have heard that it went slow for some others. So varies.
    Got a phone screen with some technical questions, then an onsite within a few days, and an offer a few days after that.
    The interviews were good, lots of whiteboard coding questions but good questions, nothing stupid. Some basic sanity checks, i.e. very simple questions, some slightly more complicated (e.g. rearranging linked lists). Long day.
    If one or two interviewers give a solid thumbs down they often stop the process so they do not waste time, so if the interview is shorter than expected then expect bad news. If you make it to see the hiring manager it is a good sign.

    Interview Questions
    • Honestly don't remember, but I was not stuck anywhere so there was nothing too ridiculous. But they do expect you to think of edge cases and test cases, especially for an SDET.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate but should have. I asked for too little and got it. Research the market and ask for slightly more than you want.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    After my graduation, I posted my Resume at Microsoft's global career website, HR contacted and scheduled phone screen that was an hour long, I was invited for onsite interview full loop, the onsite loop involved first some information exchange with HR person, then I was approached by would be manager, he welcomed at the reception and sent over to another member on the team to be interviewed, I had 3 interviews back to back and one of them has been a lunch interview, then I met the would be manager (a test lead) again for the fourth interview, all first four interviews were whiteboard sessions, and we also chatted on my resume, past experience, general questions like where do see yourself in five years from now, etc etc. All the programming questions were on data structures and algorithms and core CS concepts. My fifth interview was with hiring manager (a Test manager), he also sent me to board for another whiteboard session, then asked me various test questions, like give test cases for testing the keyboard, coffee mug, MS Paint, then he started over resume and asked me questions on my research assistantship experience and projects that I completed there. All the interviewers were very respectful, between each interview they asked me if I cared for a drink. It ended up very happy and memorable experience, I was offered the job!

    Interview Questions
    • Should we ship the product that has known bugs and issues?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    good hiring process ,very planned and hospitable.
    well organized and paid for all the expenses ,communication was good and prompt and no hassle.
    one phone ,one on campus and 6 onsite interviews.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    The questions were basic, but then you make these simple programs and add robustness to them. i thought that it would be better to go with the easy stuff and it actually turned out to all be hard so there is really no way around it. But it is microsoft, so that makes sense

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process took about 5 months. First interview was on campus at my university and covered behavioral and one technical question. Second interview was 2 hours on campus with 2 seperate interveiwers both covering technical questions. Flew me to Redmond, WA for final interview with 4 different interviewers. Offer given 2 hours later.

    Interview Questions
    • Implement a Find-Replace function given a string of text, search string, and replace string. Also a seemingly simple question became very difficult and complex when looked at through the eyes of a tester. A question involved writting a function to classify a triangle given its side lengths.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Given one week to accept offer deadline. Terms were very favorable and I accepted on the spot.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Communication was very good. They followed up and replied to all quiries pretty fast after informing me about on site interview. Also the people were very friendly and helpful to talk with

    Interview Questions
    • How would test a machine on moon that does arithmatic operation based on input from earth and returns value to earth   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    - First, phone interview with college recruiter
    - Then, they flew me out to Redmond for an all-day interview

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me to first design a function to do something (don't remember) and code it on the whiteboard. Then they asked me how I would test it.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Resume->Hiring manager->Hiring interview->Hiring

    Interview Questions
    • Motivation and some technical question to resolve real problem   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    College campus interview->MSFT campus interview

    Interview Questions
    • Everything pretty easy and saw multiple times in interview question websites. Linked-lists, BSTs mostly   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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