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

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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


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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.


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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 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


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

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

Interview Details – I submitted my resume and talked to the person briefly in the job fair on campus, and got the call back a couple days later. They are extremely fast to schedule an on-site interview in about a couple weeks. Overall the interview is not hard but quite long (about 8 hours in total - 9am to 6pm) and I got very tired at the end. And the offer was sent out the next day.

Negotiation Details – I was a new grad and didn't know much about negotiation :).


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2012.

Interview Details – Started out by applying online on a saturday. Got an email from the recruiter wanting to chat by Monday. We set up an time a couple of days later where I was asked some basic object oriented programming questions like access modifiers etc.

Got an email two days later to set up tech screen with one of the senior SDETs. I scheduled it a week out to give me time to study. I didn't think I did so great but got an email saying they would like to move forward with on-site! Yay!!!!!

Went on-site and from most interview stories, I knew that if I didn't make it past No 3 interviewer, I was screwed. I was so nervous as we ended the 3rd interview and at the end he said "Someone else would like to meet you" I did a dance when he turned his back!! The first 3 interviews were technical in nature; 60 mins each except the lunch interview which was 90 mins. I must say that Msoft has the best interview process. The interviewers were nice, cordial and really trying to help me succeed unlike some of the other tech company interviews I have been to. They also had senior people interview me so I guess having experienced interviewers makes a diff.

After the 4th interview with the hiring manager, I met another senior engineer from a different team who was there to validate all that the other interviewers had said. I was sure this was the last then I was told I was to meet one more person! The hiring manager's manager! I was burnt out at this point. One look at my face and he said "Its obviously been a long day, I won't keep you for long". I was relieved to hear that.

From the 5th interview, it was all general chatting about school I graduated from, behavioral questions, how many apps on my phone, passions and so on.

In all I had 7 interviews including the recruiters'. My day started at 9.45am and ended at 5pm. It was well worth it cos I got the offer the next business day!!! I'm sooooo excited!!!!

Goodluck to everyone trying to get in. Just keep working at it and don't give up. I have been rejected at Amazon, Google, Facebook and on my first try with Microsoft I got it!!!

Interview Question – Algorithm questions, design questions, test automation, projects, behavioral. I say just be yourself otherwise you come across as phoney   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in September 2012.

Interview Details – Interviewers keep keying in their inputs. Next interviewer knows what previous one asked and what needs to be tested. In my case, first asked for problem solving, second, design, third on bug finding, fourth on coding and optimization and firth on behavioral. Inshort, covered all the areas well.

Interview Question – None   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No. I did not negotiate


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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 1 week - interviewed at Microsoft in May 2012.

Interview Details – Contacted by a recruiter, followed up with a phone interview. An in-person interview was then set up; the setup process for the flight was somewhat bureaucratic, but the interview itself went smoothly.

While the technical questions were good, I found the interviewers' description of the company to be misleading and portrayed it as being far less competitive and bureaucratic and far more flexible than it actually is. If this is a concern for you I would heavily recommend discussing it with people you can trust and who have experience with other companies.

Interview Question – Questions were mainly related to my past experience, OS concepts, synchronization issues, and so forth. There was less emphasis on algorithms and more on architecture.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They made a good-faith effort to match the gross salary of my previous company. Considering Washington's income-tax laws and Microsoft's additional benefits, this worked out to be a raise in compensation. I respected this and did not negotiate.


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Difficult Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Microsoft in March 2008.

Interview Details – It was a very smooth process. It helps to work as a contractor or vendor for a team in which you are interested before going full-time to access the team.

Interview Question – A question about Linked Lists   View Answer

Negotiation Details – It was quite short since I jumped on the offer I was given as it was very good

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