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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
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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 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
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average 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.

    Interview Details

    I was recruited at college and had a quick one-on-one screen before being sent off to the Redmond campus for a full-day of interviews.

    I interviewed with four different people at the same division (Microsoft Advertising). I had on average two questions per interviewer. The questions weren't particularly difficult -- you could tell they were not actively trying to weed out candidates. That said, they were somewhat tricky and required some thought behind them.

    They were abstract questions that most students studying CS should be familiar with (write a program that finds the most frequent word that appeared in a long string, write a program that finds the shortest distance between two nodes on a tree). Because I was interviewing for an SDET position, it was prudent to show that you thought about edge cases and ways to test your program once you designed it.

    After my interviews, I was taken back to their college recruiting building and given a briefing. I was not offered an internship on the spot, but they got back to me relatively quickly, after a weekend.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a 32-bit integer, return a list of all bit positions of that integer that are set to 1.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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