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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details

I submitted my resume online through the Micro website. Several months later I received an email for a phone interview. The interview was about half an hour and we mostly discussed previous projects of mine-- there were a few questions to pick my brain and hear thought processes. The interviewer of course asked about prior experience as well.

Interview Questions
  • The questions I was asked are previously posed on this thread.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was very pleasant. I had a single phone interview (problem solving in nature) and was then flown out to Redmond a month or so later. Microsoft gives you plenty of resources to do the things you want while you're out there, so take advantage of it. They'll pay for cab fares, but I recommend getting a rental, to make sure that you're on time to wherever you need to be. On the interview day, I was shuttled to HQ with a group of other candidates (about 15 others). We had lunch and learned about the interview process. There were a total of 4 45 minute interviews, each with a different person. Each interview was pretty similar: about 15 minutes getting to know you and about 30 minutes of coding/problem solving. The questions weren't too bad...make sure your answers are geared towards a testing standpoint.

    Interview Questions
    • A question that I was not ready for was a networking question: about how traceroute works. The interviewer gave hints. It had to do with the TTL of a packet.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    I had an on-campus screen and didn't feel that I performed very well, especially with the behavioral questions. Nevertheless, I got an email inviting me to interview in Redmond, WA. The day of the interview, I was nervous, but excited and enthused. My optimism and cheer carried me throughout the day. Everyone I met was so nice and genuine, and declined all phone calls and texts to give me their full attention. One of my interviewers gave me a hard time for not understanding his instructions for testing an algorithm I wrote, but I kept a smile on my face, took his criticism, and ended up giving my own good insight on the solution. I solved every problem during the day, although I didn't always get the best solution the first time. I was very thorough in my testing of each algorithm.

    I was very excited to find out that I would be getting a 4th interview, which was with a manager. The function I had to code during this 4th interview was fairly straightforward. It was also easy to test.

    Regarding the culture, as I said, everyone was very genuine and attentive. These were all people I would be excited to work with, and I had some pretty good banter with most of them. I got the affirmative interview results soon after. I had a great time in Seattle, and Microsoft of course paid all the expenses.

    Interview Questions
    • I would rather not disclose any interview questions. I will say that half the questions I got were very personalized, while the other half are similar to the ones you can find online... Know your algorithms, data structures, and design patterns. My networks, information security, databases, compilers, and finite state automata knowledge came in handy as well.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate. The offer exceeded my expectations.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    On campus interview scheduled after career fair. Few questions asked about my interests in mobile and security subjects which I am studying. Tech question: To convert Roman numerals to decimal system and also test the same.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you using Windows Phone 8 phone and developing Windows 8 apps ? Dont you know Android is the no.1 mobile operating system ?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    First of all, they went to my university for a presentation and I gave them my resume. A week later, I was contacted by email about scheduling a phone interview. The phone interview (about 20 minutes) consisted of questions like:
    - How would you test a keyboard?
    - What is the difference between threads and processes?
    - Imagine that you get home and you find out you don't have your keys. What would you do?

    Then I received an email about my phone interview and the process for an interview at Microsoft started. Microsoft pays for flights, accommodation, taxis and even your food.

    I was interviewed by four different people. The interviews start with a few questions and at the end the interviewer comes up with a problem and asks you to solve it. Once you present your solution, he asks you to code it on the board.

    My advice is that you should keep talking and pay attention to the hints the interviewer you give you. If he notices that you're doing something wrong, he'll probably make a comment that you can use in order to find out the problem in your idea / code.

    After coding, the interviewer will ask you to come up with test cases for your code. He is probably expecting you to come up with many test cases, so think as much as you can about ways to break the code!

    In the same week after my interview, I received an offer by email and accepted it.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the most interesting project that you worked with and why you liked it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Microsoft in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Microsoft is really good through the interview process. I applied through my college recruiter. I had one interview on campus. It was fairly easy. I was told that I would fly out to Seattle a day after the first round. They contact you well ahead of time and send you detailed instructions about the interview and your trip. The interview process is well oiled. There are four rounds of interviews, with only the first one being easy. I was asked two questions each round. There were real world problems, object oriented design and run of the mill programming questions. The interviewers were a mixed bag, some helpful and some untalkative.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to design a program to read class attributes in a java file. This was a question I did not expect.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I had to travel internationally over the summer and Microsoft did not make a great job of accommodating that and my college calendar. I had a 11 week internship instead of 12 weeks.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    4 1:1 interviews, mostly algorithmic, some questions on experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had an on campus interview with Microsoft a few weeks after the Career fair when I had given them my resume. This Interview had only 1 pretty basic technical question. After that I got a call a week later that they wanted to fly me out to Seattle to interview with them there. I flew out there about 2 weeks later and there were many other people interviewing for internship and full time positions. The night before the interview they had bowling and food. It was pretty cool.

    For the next day, we were separated into a morning group and an afternoon group. I was in the afternoon group which consisted of 4 45 minute interviews with various members of the specific team with which I was interviewing. Everyone was pretty personable and very helpful. Throughout the course of the interviews I was able to get a sens for the fact that I wasn't exactly what they were looking for, but not in a bad way. More of a, remember this for next time way.

    Interview Questions
    • Remove a node from a singly linked list.   Answer Question
    • Concatenate two strings replacing every space or set of multiple spaces with a single dash   Answer Question
    • Given a string of characters figure out how many palindromes are in the list of words.   Answer Question
    • You have two results from a database query. Check if they return the same thing.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    Spoke to a recruiter and then was flown in for a 1-1 interview.
    Had 3 rounds of interviews and a lunch interview. Very professionally conducted. Most questions in the first two rounds were technical. If they feel that the candidate is good, the interviews get over quickly. In all a very positive experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions on string manipulation and string handling. Questions on algorithms and data management. Questions on project and time management.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2008.

    Interview Details

    A bit sloppy with the phone interview. The call was 15 minutes late and extended beyond original time. The second round interview is fairly organized, though you won't know what group you are interviewing for till right before the interviews. Flying out to Redmond was nice though.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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