Microsoft Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview Questions

Updated Jul 12, 2015
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Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview

Got 4 round interviews including an additional one, the whole process lasted 4 hours. All the questions were technical. All travel cost were covered and they booked flight and hotel for me. They have a professional team to process flight booking and reimbursement for candidates. It was the most fantastic interview i have participated. Overall the questions were not that hard, they wanted to see the potential of candidates rather than the answer.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Burnaby, BC (Canada)) in November 2014.

    Interview

    First applied the intern job online. After about two weeks, got an email told me there was a phone interview for me. The interview was about half an hour. Then just waited for a result email.

    Interview Questions

    • The difference between process and threads. The favorite project you have done. Explain big O notation. Compare two different programming languages. Distinguish a lighter marble from three same-look marbles. Ask the interviewer some questions.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in August 2014.

    Interview

    One of the their recruiters contacted me on LinkedIn around mid June, after the initial talks had my phone screen 2 weeks after and attended a recruiting event in Vancouver a month after that only duo to my own availability! They HR team accommodated my every need and worked around my schedule!! As for the offer it took around a week and then another weeks or so for us to work on my counter offer! After that another week or so of background checks! Overall it has been exciting and very efficient process!

    Interview Questions

    • Similar to other bigger companies mostly around data structures, designs and solving challenging stuff on the board in an hour slot interviews.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    negotiations were very smooth, I didn't shoot for the moon and neither felt like that my HR contact is working against me. Offers in Vancouver will be less glorious compared to states but that's a reality. As for the competitiveness in local market, I would say it is a generous offer!

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter through school. Had a simple HR screening interview before onsite. Onsite had 4 interviews, questions were mostly algorithmic. Interview questions: 1. Given an unsorted array of numbers from 1-n with a number missing, find the missing number. 2. Given a dictionary and a function that returns if a work is in the dictionary, create a function that takes a non-space delimited string and outputs the same string with words separated by spaces. 3. I forget the 3rd one. 4. Given a matrix of 1s and 0s, replace every value in a column or row with 0 if 0 is in it.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a dictionary and a function that returns if a work is in the dictionary, create a function that takes a non-space delimited string and outputs the same string with words separated by spaces.   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter via mass email which stated there was a hiring event for the Cloud OS team. The email directed me to send a reply email with my most current resume and fill out a survey which asked general questions about my education, goals, and professional (coding/project) experience. The same recruiter called me back within two days and we chatted briefly about my career goals. After a 30 minute (non-technical) chat the recruiter invited me to take the OTS which would be a basic skills assessment on elementary concepts such as trees, linked lists, queues, etc. "some things I may not have seen in a while." I'm not through with the process but I wanted to get this question up before I forgot it as there were not a lot of example questions online re: the OTS. I hope it helps someone else!

    Interview Questions

    • You are writing a simulation for a print server. This print server can accept jobs from 3 places - network, USB, or operator. It can dispatch only one job at a time. Each input job should contain an integer t which is the time in seconds it will take to process the job. Write a multi-threaded program to simulate the server and provide some simulated load with jobs. Think, of some interesting statistics your program should emit and code them in.   Answer Question
    • Write a function that takes a string as an input and outputs an integer, e.g. turning "1234" into 1234.   3 Answers
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    informational + 4 interview rounds all coding and algotithm

    Interview Questions

    • Auto generate strings from initial characters   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer(SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in December 2012.

    Interview

    after they screened my resume, they replied within 2 days with an email to choose a phone interview time. the overall interview was easy for a phone interview, but I guess the recruiter didn't get all of my answers quite well (it was the end of the day for him btw).

    Interview Questions

    • unexpected: The Recruiter asked how many lines of code I have written in my biggest project   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer(SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Phone interview, then on-site

    Interview Questions

    • Given a random array, how can you find the median without using any know sorting algorithm?   2 Answers
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād (India)) in July 2012.

    Interview

    I was did my summer internship in Microsoft India. The interviews were part of converting the internship to Full Time Employment. I had 3 interviews on different days. My performance in the interviews were not great. But I was given the offer because Microsoft was hiring massively for Bing and review from my mentor was positive. (I have listed all the questions in the interviews)

    Interview Questions

    • Consider a linked list with two pointers where the 1st pointer is the normal next pointer and the second one randomly points to some other node in the list. Given such a list as input clone it.   Answer Question
    • Find the largest palindrome in a given string. Come up with the best algorithm you can.   Answer Question
    • There are n petrol bunks arranged in circle. Each bunk is separated from the next one by a certain distance. You choose some mode of travel which needs 1 litre of petrol to cover 1 km distance. You can't draw any amount of petrol from each bunk, but each bunk has some limited petrol. Find if there is any point in the circle from which you can start? If there is one such point find the point.   Answer Question
    • Implement a variation of stack with push,pop and getmin in O(1) complexity   Answer Question
    • Given:2 sorted arrays, one of size m and other of size m+n, but in the 2nd array only n elements are present. Arrange both the sorted arrays in the bigger array. Finally the bigger array should be sorted.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Got a better job in campus placements in my college.

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Got a call oncampus for the first round. I could come up with an optimized solution. Got an onsite call after almost a month. Questions were pretty simple. I guess I talked about vim/linux a bit too much. Probably not the place for me to go!

    Interview Questions

    • [Oncampus] Given list of sorted lists, find the k smallest elements out of all the lists   Answer Question
    • [Round 1] Find loop in a linked list   3 Answers
    • [Round 2] 1) Implement Stack 2) Implement Factorial   Answer Question
    • [Round 3] 1) Check for BST property 2) Arrange two sorted lists to get a sorted list without duplicates and another list with the duplicates.   1 Answer
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