Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2014
Updated Aug 14, 2014
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mountain View, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
Application Details

I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details

Very fast process for me, but have heard that it went slow for some others. So varies.
Got a phone screen with some technical questions, then an onsite within a few days, and an offer a few days after that.
The interviews were good, lots of whiteboard coding questions but good questions, nothing stupid. Some basic sanity checks, i.e. very simple questions, some slightly more complicated (e.g. rearranging linked lists). Long day.
If one or two interviewers give a solid thumbs down they often stop the process so they do not waste time, so if the interview is shorter than expected then expect bad news. If you make it to see the hiring manager it is a good sign.

Interview Questions
  • Honestly don't remember, but I was not stuck anywhere so there was nothing too ridiculous. But they do expect you to think of edge cases and test cases, especially for an SDET.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
I did not negotiate but should have. I asked for too little and got it. Research the market and ask for slightly more than you want.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Felt highly disorganized. Issues with email/reminder system and several communication problems with pre-interview process. Might have been something like a bad email responsible, but either way, the experience was not good, and resulted in stressors such as "are you coming to the interview next week?" (I had no idea...), and an unfortunate surprise that I was being interviewed for SDET, not SDE, which was something I had explicitly not indicated an interest in.

    There were 4 interviews. Was late to one of them thanks to the whole process starting late starting with interviewer #1... could tell this made a negative impression, but there was nothing to be done.

    One interviewer really did not appreciate being asked about stack rank and took it as a sign of fear /poor work ethic, although others were more receptive.

    Overall, not impressed and felt like they wasted my time, but the feeling was apparently mutual. They were very good about reimbursements and accommodations though, but I wouldn't consider interviewing there again.

    Interview Questions
    • There was some sorting thing using an array. It's been a bit too long so I don't really remember. Also some test-related questions for which I was unprepared.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    interviewed at Microsoft in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Process was at collage or university. (aug 2014)
    1st round had 15 technical questions (output once mostly)
    2nd round 2 codes 65 min
    then 3 technical interview and a hr round
    process took 3 days

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

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had a written test consisting of DS and algo questions.
    Then there were four rounds of technical interviews. During the interview all questions were related to DS and algo. Nobody asked me questions related to my previous projects.
    Additional One interview was in Hyderabad. It was taken by the director of our division. he asked one simple technical question and then explained me about he roles and responsibilities.

    Interview Questions
    • One or two design questions.
      Remaining all were on DS and algo e.g. BST, linked lists, practical implementation of these concepts.
      Some were on the OS basics.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate as they were offering much higher than my expecation.
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    After my graduation, I posted my Resume at Microsoft's global career website, HR contacted and scheduled phone screen that was an hour long, I was invited for onsite interview full loop, the onsite loop involved first some information exchange with HR person, then I was approached by would be manager, he welcomed at the reception and sent over to another member on the team to be interviewed, I had 3 interviews back to back and one of them has been a lunch interview, then I met the would be manager (a test lead) again for the fourth interview, all first four interviews were whiteboard sessions, and we also chatted on my resume, past experience, general questions like where do see yourself in five years from now, etc etc. All the programming questions were on data structures and algorithms and core CS concepts. My fifth interview was with hiring manager (a Test manager), he also sent me to board for another whiteboard session, then asked me various test questions, like give test cases for testing the keyboard, coffee mug, MS Paint, then he started over resume and asked me questions on my research assistantship experience and projects that I completed there. All the interviewers were very respectful, between each interview they asked me if I cared for a drink. It ended up very happy and memorable experience, I was offered the job!

    Interview Questions
    • Should we ship the product that has known bugs and issues?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Initial screening was done by an external company. They were polite but seemed to follow a script. They possibly did not understand the technical questions. In the end, I am not sure if the answer given was wrong or just did not meet their scripted answer.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was being interviewed for a summer internship with this title, they flew me up to Washington for an in-person group interview after a screening interview at my college (which I got through handing a resume to a recruiter through the career fair). This screening interview was fairly simple, one technical question, some questions about what I'd like to work on, etc. Everything is paid for when you're up their, car, hotel, and food.

    In person interview was a 5 rounds that either lasted throughout the morning or afternoon (there were two groups of interviewees from colleges across the country) and you spend about an hour with each person, and by the end they tell you on the spot if you've passed or failed.

    Each interview asks some type of technical question where you solve an algorithm, everyone asks for a self evaluation on how you think you're doing at this stage in the interview.

    Office where I interviewed was fairly interesting, one section had meeting rooms that all referenced video games from Halo to Half Life, there was also one of those Microsoft tablet tables with games on it, as well as an Xbox 360 running Halo. They serve some food, but it's not worth remembering, and there's breaks in-between interviews where they very much discourage you from discussing any of the questions being asked.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too difficult about the technical questions, I came from a public school in CA near the start of my JR year, and by the end of the year every type of question that was asked was covered in class. They don't look for the absolute best answer, as long as it's not overly complicated.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    On campus Recruitment. First is mcg round. Shortlisted students were asked to attend online coding.It has 2 questions Given a linked list with 0 's occurring anywhere ,sum nodes upto a zero and insert it into new linked list. Given a binary search tree and a value, delete it from tree.

    Interview Questions
    • Initial round was a online mcq round comprising of 15 technical questions.Duration was 30 minutes. Unfortunately kicked out of first round   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    Interview Details

    An hour long phone interview first with basic problem solving questions (not much coding). And an on site interview at the Sydeny office (for a position in US). 4 interviews, all very technical. Did poorly in the first two. Very good in the third. The fourth interviewer had to make the call, in which I did decent. Whole process took around 3 months.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to think of ways to reduce memory usage / make it more efficient for the Windows Help files. This was asked in my second interview. I tried to think of suggestions but none seemed to click with what the interviewer had in mind.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Munich (Germany)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Munich (Germany)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    First I had a phone interview, then I was asked to go in Scotland for the face-to-face interviews. in the first interview I had some basic behavioral questions and some brain-teasers. The face-to-face interviews all had technical problems and behavioral questions. The secret is to ask the interviewer a lot of questions regarding the assignment so you can have a better overview upon what you have to answer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I received an offer right after the interviews. I managed to obtain a different location than the one I was assigned.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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