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Updated Jan 31, 2015
Updated Jan 31, 2015
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

Anonymous Employee
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Interview Details

Three rounds of interviews, each with a pair of interviewers, one will focus on tech skills and one on soft skills. Each pair usually comes from a different team, and between rounds will advise each other on questions that were strong or weak from the candidate.
If successful there is a fourth round of interviews with the local lead in the discipline for which you're applying (SDE or SDET.) If very unsuccessful, there won't even be three.

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Campus interview at my university. 30 mins interview which asked my resume and some technical questions. Asked me link list question which is easy, and reverse string, check string palindrome .

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    It was a phone interview. The interviewer rushed me through a 30 minute interview asking a combination of technical and behavioral questions such as how to build a queue from two stacks, Boxing, encapsulation, how to build a battleships game. He also asked what the most complex question I have had to solve is and how I tackled it. I hardly had time to ask any questions at the end.

    Interview Questions
    • what the most complex question I have had to solve is and how I tackled it   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had an on campus interview with a Senior Engineer at Microsoft. I first asked to tell them about myself. Then, the interviewer asked some questions about my resume experience, including what my biggest challenges were and where I would go to find solutions to problems that came up during the development process.

    I was asked two technical questions. The first was to write a program to find the maximum height of a tree. The second was to write a program to print a tree in reverse order (i.e. the opposite of in-order traversal)

    Interview Questions
    • The reverse in-order traversal stumped me slightly; my solution was to do an in-order traversal, adding elements to a FIFO stack. Then after the traversal, pop off the elements of the stack.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a campus recruiter to do an on campus interview. The interview was very non-technical and afterwards I was invited to interview on-site for an SDET position. They flew me out and paid for food and housing, then I spent a day interviewing. The interviews themselves were fine, not terribly difficult, but I wasn't set out to be a SDET so I didn't prepare and showed that in the testing specific interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Lots of "is this ready to ship to the world" questions, can't remember specifics.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    There were two steps for the interview: first of all I got a phone screening check from HR, I was asked me about my professional background, my education, work and personal achievements. After that there was a phone test: small check on how to test a login form with two edit-boxess (login and password) and a submit button. The task was to create test cases and explain them, estimate coverage and create a test report. After I passed those two I got an on site interview invitation. In person interview was with three people one at a time: project development team lead and the head of engineering (site leader) and HR representative. I got a couple of simple questions from development team lead: reverse a string, reverse a linked list and find all elements from hash table with specific value. With site leader there were some questions about my knowledge of software development life cycle and agile development, after that we had an informal conversation on my personal views on software quality assurance, team work and overall personal goals. There was a small delay when guys were discussing the interview, after that as I got my offer right away. I've negotiated a little on salary, asked about bonuses provided by company and finally accepted the offer.

    Interview Questions
    • The most unexpected question was about how I would spread the work between my team mates and myself.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate on salary, so don't be afraid to do so.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Firstly I had screening interview and after that I was invited for onsite to London. I had four interviews with four different engineers there - three algorithmic questions and one design. After solving the problems I was asked to test my solutions. Every interviewer was very nice and helpful.

    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    1st round consists of 20 mcqs and 2 coding questions. mcqs were very easy on c,c++,ds,os. coding questions were easy on array and link list.
    2nd round is a technical interview in questions on data structures were asked and some HR questions were also asked.
    3rd round is again a technical interview in which questions on projects, DBMS, OOPS, OS and Data Structures were asked.
    4th round is as appropriate round which judges on your comm. skills and little bit of technical skills and I was asked about my projects.

    Interview Questions
    • nothing was like any unexpected questions. all questions were almost easy.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Had 5 45 minute interviews back to back with 15 minute breaks in between. The interviewers talk to each other while you are taking a break before the next one comes to get you. Mix of personality/behavioral and "What would you do in this scenario..." questions. Very laid back interviewers dress is casual and you can just act like you're having a normal conversation... while also writing code on a whiteboard.

    Interview Questions
    • Question about Data encryption over HTTPS websites and he drilled really deep asking questions like how secret and private keys work, how the secret key is shared, and how encryption of data actually takes place on websites.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    not much negotiation as it was for an internship
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Didn't get very far. Just finished the first interview. I thought it has gone well, but apparelrntly not. Screener is very time focused, and the whole process is very streamlined. There's no question that they're looking for the best people.

    Interview Questions
    • You are given two buckets. One holds 3 gallons and the other holds 5 gallons. Have do you make 4 gallons of water?   View Answers (2)
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    Neutral Experience
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