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

Updated Feb 5, 2014
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2013.

Interview Details – Initial phone screen was friendly, recruiter was helpful gave some good tips on what to kind of questions to expect. But they should be doing a better job screening people and not just randomly asking developers with no testing experience to interview for a testing position.
Coding test was to write code to get all palindromes in a string.
On-site interviews were hectic, you try and prove your testing and simple coding skills.
Test a refrigerator.
Code to make diagonal elements 0 in a matrix.

Interview Question – Coding test was to write code to get all palindromes in a string.

Test a refrigerator.
Code to make diagonal elements 0 in a matrix.
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2010.

Interview Details – Phone interview followed by an on-site which was the regular white-board coding questions companies like MSFT/Google ask. I was not hired by this team but very soon got a call from another team and another on-site and got a job there

Interview Question – What are your strengths/weaknesses - was not expecting this in an MSFT interview   Answer Question


No Offer

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Bellevue, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details – Had 2 phone interviews, one by HR, one by an Engineer, and then was invited for on site.
On-site 3 interviews.

Interview Question – Design a Battleship game.   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II

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

Interview Details – Need to be good in computer fundamentals

Interview Question – Do you know this question early?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – You need to good at negotiation.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2009.

Interview Details – Hire process is very well defined and clear. Nowadays, there is no non-job related questions should ask. and most questions to figure out how good your programming knowledge are.

Interview Question – Should able to write code of Quick Sort in limited time.   View Answer


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II

Interviewed at Microsoft

Interview Details – Got contact from linkden

Interview Question – Write a function that counts words of a book based on type (noun, verb, etc)   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in July 2011.

Interview Details – All questions were technical. I had 3 coding questions and several test questions probing on what I had done. Coding questions included reversing a linked list, inserting into a binary search tree and deleting a node from a binary tree. I was asked to come up with test cases for my code. In addition I was asked to come up with a strategy and test cases for an internet voice calling software product and a toy for a toddler. Overall the interview experience was very positive and interesting.

Interview Question – There was no unexpected question. There was a lot of expectation and probing in the area of end to end scenarios and integration test strategy for the testing questions.   Answer Question


No Offer

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Average Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in July 2012.

Interview Details – Two rounds phone screening. Simple questions like: Why I want to work for MS, what is class, what is object, example for polymorphism, encapsulation.

Onsite in Seattle, WA. Five rounds with Online Services Division.
First round: Again questions like: Why I want to work for MS, what products/services from OSD (online services division) I know/used. Interviewer told me much more about the company, services OSD provides etc...
Second round: Techical questions like: Lists vs Array, find loop in linked list, Binary Search Trees, etc...
Third round: Lunch + my ideas for improving services MS provides, light and easy part of interview process, very friendly
Fourth round: Much heavier techical interview: Dynamic programming, Data Stream algorithms.
Fifth round (some Manager was interviewer): Much about salary, when I can start, relocation specifics etc...

Interview Question – Question regarding moving window calculation in data stream algorithms   Answer Question


No Offer

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Average Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2013.

Interview Details – Contacted by the recruiter through LinkedIn. Initial Phone screen with hiring manager.
Asked to explain a project listed in the resume. Asked about the algorithmic and data structure choices made in that project.
Write a program to find the word with maximum occurrences in a text and write a test module to verify.

Interview Question – Write a program to find the word with maximum occurrences in a text and write a test module to verify.   Answer Question


No Offer

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2012.

Interview Details – consists of 5 rounds of interview.One tech screen followed by full loop of interviews.

Interview Question – Question Graphs   Answer Question

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