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Microsoft Software Engineer II Interview Questions

Updated Dec 19, 2014
Updated Dec 19, 2014
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    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Someone at Microsoft referred me. They emailed me to set up a date and time for a phone interview. I thought it was going to be purely behavioral, turns it out was also going to be technical. My interviewer was Indian. Had a thick accent so it was hard to understand her sometimes. Had to ask her to repeat several times.

    Interview Questions
    • differences between linked and doubly linked list? remove duplicates from array?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I feel it is easy to get through the interview. They test raw intelligence using algo and DS and testing skills. They dont have SDET roles any more so they will be looking for more coding skills.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing really difficult when compared to rest of the industry   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Got an interview from on campus recruiting. The interview was on campus with a Microsoft Engineer. After a brief intro of himself, he asked me to solve an algorithm question and write it out in code. The interviewer was very friendly and although I stumbled he coached me through it so I was able to obtain a solution.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Most efficient and professional interview loop I have ever seen. Was flown in from across the coast on a direct flight and was provided accommodation in a 3* hotel over night. They paid for my cab, lodging and also paid for a day of sight seeing in seattle. All in all a great experience for the entire day.

    Interview Questions
    • Write an algorithm to check if 2 rectangles are overlapping given their left and right edge coordinates   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation as I was a fresh graduate student
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    This is just a phone screen in which the interviewer asked basic questions. I was actually not very interested because I had just learned that 18,000 people are being laid off from their jobs. One interesting question was: If a single bit has two possible values (0 or 1) than how many possible values in an 8-bit byte?

    Interview Questions
    • Write a function to remove duplicates from a list of characters.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    4 tech interviews, detailed questions, game of life, matrices, design questions, hash table questions. Talked through what it means to be a developer, why you want to be a developer, what to expect etc.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Software Development Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview process first started with a recruiter who asked several questions about my current employment and what I was looking for in a job. She also gave me a high level description of the job.

    Second, she arranged for a developer to call me to have a discussion which lasted in hour. During the conversation, the developer asked about my technical background and gave me 2 computer programs to write over the phone.

    Next I heard from Microsoft that the phone interview went well, so they wanted to see me in person. A scheduler contacted me by email to setup the face to face interviews. The interview went from 12PM to 4PM.

    I arrived at the reception and the first developer quickly took me to his office where he questioned me for 1 hour and asked me to solve a computer program on the board. I interviewed with two other developers in the same manner. I was supposed to interview with a manager, but he was on vacation

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the most challenging problem you've had and how you solved it?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Typical Microsoft interview process. Not very different from Amazon or Google. There are tons of interview questions and tips available in books and online. You usually go through a HR phone call, may be a pre-screening, then a technical screening usually over the phone and finally 4-6 rounds onsite. The onsite interviews is a "biased" interview - interviews share information. If your interview stops at no 3, you probably didn't make it. Even if you make it to the hiring manager interview, it is not a sure thing.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate since I was doing a temp job and simply took whatever was offered.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II 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 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    I almost missed out because they typed my email wrong and they'd been trying to contact me for weeks. I had an on campus interview with some relatively straightforward questions. I was invited to visit on their campus. They had a nice set up with reimbursements etc, but they booked me the worst flight imaginable (I had to sleep on a bench at O'Hare). The interview went okay. I had one interview that was good and I answered questions correctly except for a brain teaser type question that I couldn't get more than a basic answer for. Another interviewer and I had a lot of trouble communicating. He saw I put Java on my resume (which I shouldn't have given how rusty I was) and kept posing his questions in Java despite my request for C/C++. The final interview had a bit manipulation/algorithms question. The interviewer said I had the most concise and efficient answer he'd seen. I also had a nice, long conversation with this guy about the company and how it's grown and other things. He, more than anything else made me want to work there.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I applied through my university. It was a 30 minute on campus interview with one personal question and 2 coding questions.

    Interview Questions
    • The initial interview is really easy - given an array of integers and a key, write a method that determines if the key is contained in the array.   Answer Question
    No Offer

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