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Updated Jan 6, 2015
Updated Jan 6, 2015
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    Lead Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submit my resume on a campus career fair and then I got a half hour on campus interview. Then I got an email telling me that they are trying to find a matched role for me and schedule a on site interview. I'm still waiting for the opportunity for next round on site interview.

    Interview Questions
    • If your computer stops working, how you can figure out the reason?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    HR would arrange the whole process. It really depends on the team. But mostly multiple people interview and there will be a senior person in the end to decide to make the offer or not. For SDET leader, they mostly look for leadership and technical ability. Expect technical questions. Ability to think. Work to work with team. Action oriented and result oriented. Technical coding is most important.

    Interview Questions
    • Technical questions and ability to discuss your results.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in American Fork, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in American Fork, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Before the time of interview i was nervous because of the company name MICROSOFT. by the way when my chance came i entered in the interview room and completed my first impression then after that slowly-slowly i gained my confidence and gave all the satisfied answer as they wanted. At last they said to me thank you and best of luck.after some days they send me E-mail of my job with my position. That day really i felt that i have something.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me that " why you came so late ? " which was the last question. then firstly i thought where was i late i was reached here before the time. I was not expecting that they were asking me that where were you before today ? why not you came earlier to us ?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was very impressed with the efficiency of the hiring process.
    After submitting my resume on Microsoft.com/jobs, I did not hear from the team I applied to. But within a week, I was contacted by a different team about a job that was a better fit. There was a technical phone screen which included homework to write code and email it in. Then I was invited to fly to Redmond for an interview. I met with six interviewers in one day, which included my manager, a couple peers, and a direct report. It was a grueling day, but there were no big surprises or questions I was not prepared for. During the interviews, it became clear to both me and to the interviewers that I was qualified for more than the position they were hiring for. They had the flexibility to change the scope of the job (and the level) to better fit my qualifications.
    The whole process - from first visiting the web site to getting an offer took about a month.

    Interview Questions
    • There was a detailed technical question about a test strategy for a complex system built with a domain-specific language. When I answered in general terms, the interviewer kept pressing for more specifics and detailed examples. I finally realized that she didn't really understand the problem. I confronted her with "This is your job, isn't it? And you don't know how to do it!" She admitted I was right.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate for special needs on a relocation package.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Lead 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 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process is a stepped approach, unlike other tech companies like Google and Amazon that use a committee approach. In the stepped approach, a no-hire vote from an interviewer will likely terminate the process immediately. In the committee approach, no interviewer is given the result of any other interviewer until the process is complete or partially complete.

    With the stepped approach, obviously if your interviews are three or less, you are almost certainly without an offer. If you have the lunch interview and beyond, you are looking good. In general, it's a day-long process ending with the final interview with someone higher up on the management chain, usually senior level or higher.

    For technical interviews, know the data structure, algorithms (including big O notation), object-oriented programming basics-to-advanced (depending on the position you are looking for), and testing methodologies. You should be well-versed and proficient in the programming languages you have delineated on your resume.

    For other questions, study the standards (i.e., What is the best experience you have had as a programmer, the worst, why did you leave your last position, etc, etc).

    Also, some interviewers still like to use riddles and brain teasers so brushing up on those would be a good idea.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the worst mistake you have ever hid?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The levels at Microsoft have a very narrow bandwidth for many of the technical positions. Negotiation was therefore proportionately limited.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    5 people in the loop, a mix of Dev/SDET. Testing process questions, technical questions (how you will test x), behavior questions (what will you do if you ...)

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Have multiple offers

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Lead Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by recruiter; she arranged hotel, rental car, and flight. Met with HR rep in the morning, then had interviews with managers and engineers, questioned on programming skills, algorithm design, programming language knowledge, and management philosophies. Was treated to lunch at a local Thai restaurant. Able to ask plenty of questions about work culture, telecommuting, on-site cafeterias, etc. Though I've heard that the interviews are draining, to me it was just like a full day of work.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Accepted offer from another company.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Application Details

    interviewed at Microsoft in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    One Skype call with recruiter(about personal experience), after that onsite interview. 4 interviews 1-1. 2,5 interviews on simple algorithm tasks, 1 on design task, 0,5 on personal experience.
    Organization is perfect. No problems with that. Everything is paid and prepared. But there is no personal approach.
    Process took 2+ months.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Lead Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by a MS recruiter on LinkedIn. Got first screen check call by recruiter in 2 weeks and expressed my interest in Dev Lead position. Took a month to receive phone interview. The interviewer was late for half an hour so was rushed. Nice guy, simple questions for half an hour, used an online tool to test my coding for a simple problem: Swap two by two items in a linked list. Got approval email for on-site interview the day after. Took another 3 weeks to attend on-site interview in Vancouver office. Very early interview starting at 7:30 AM !!! with introduction and then 8 AM first interview. Interviewer was a Software Manager, asked about my background and current company and role. Then a question for a Data Structure for keeping large amount of integers and have Insert, Delete and Median functions with best possible performances. Answered the question with pros and cons for each data structure. Had problem to find the best logic for median. Gave me a clue and could answer the question before end of interview. Second interview did it great like 95% correct, a dev lead same intro question then 2 coding questions answered both perfectly with no help, maybe 1-2 small mistakes for boundary check which I found it easily in review. Finished the interview 5 min earlier even so he said let me ask some web questions now that we have 5 mins left, answered all except one. After second interview the recruiter came to my room and said that the team does not want to interview me more!!! I got shocked! Bad sign since I've read before that if you don't have the 3rd or 4th interview you have not made it likely. I said I applied for a Dev Lead position, but no leadership or management questions yet. Got very much disappointed after 2 weeks of preparation and studying over 500 interviews. I'm very sorry for my interviewers if they really think with that performance and Resume and without asking any leadership or management questions, their time is not worthy to spend more than 2 interviews with me. Got very very DISAPPOINTED because I spent days and hours to prepare for them but they simply ignore me. I think it was not my lucky day. You need to have luck as well as perfect preparation and knowledge to make it through.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Senior Software Development Engineer Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    phone call - reviewing my CV
    1st one-on-one meeting was scheduled , few days after, 1.5 hours: In meeting I was asked to detail architecture of a project I was working on - + all kind of Qs about it (e.g. how did you implement security, how did manage scale, etc...)
    next Q was to suggest an architecture solution for a described problem, solution required some basic understanding in how to design distributed apps with networks limitation.
    last Q was to try thinking how google implments auto suggest in google search

    2nd meeting was with Architect, 1.5 hours: main focus was checking my familiarity about dev. process, afterwards I was asked to propose algorithm for tree level traversal print (print each layer in Tree in different direction, not necessarily B-Tree ) and of course to code that, in efficient manner (should be O(n))

    3rd - HR intensive meeting (~1 hour) people management, dealing with situation, how do I impact, etc....

    4th: direct manager meeting
    5th: colleague meeting
    6th: AA Manager

    Interview Questions
    • how google implments auto suggest in google search   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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