Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview Questions

Updated Jul 22, 2015
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft.

Interview

Got contacted by an outside recruiter for a phone screening. Then they offered to fly to an external hiring event. Had standard 4 (or 5) technical interviews + one behavioral with the hiring manager. Got an offer a couple of weeks after that. Relocation and other parts of the transition went smoothly, the team(s) responsible for that know perfectly what they are doing.

Interview Questions

  • Can't remember the actual questions now, but those were usual interview ones. No crazy trees or graphs, but mostly combinatorics-like, string/array manipulation, basic geometrical applications etc. No brain teasers, only technical.   Answer Question

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    This was a very standard interview process where I received a phone screen by HR, then a phone screen by an engineer, and then finally I was flown out to the location for around four interviews lasting an hour each. There was no lunch break as the interviews were from 1-5pm

    Interview Questions

    • Explain how to test this code, write atoi, etc   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Hiring through career fair at top-tier school. Skype interview first and then on-site at Redmond. Skype interview was for PM position and was pretty straight forward. 2 weeks later got contacted for final round. A couple of days later my application was changed from PM to SDET. Even though I didn't want that position, I decided to go and find out more about Microsoft. Final rounds was 3 interviews (1 SDE, 1 SDET, 1 PM) and lunch. A fair amount of coding and a full behavioral with the PM.

    Interview Questions

    • Design a backup system. (no requirements, no more details, and very vague)   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Microsoft came to our school to interview students. I had applied for test engineer position. They had catered a huge sandwich which I thought was nice. I was interviewed by one of the two Microsoft engineers. They dressed casually and told students to dress casually for the interview. Yet many students came in full suits. Interview last for about 30 minutes. It wasn't an onsite-interview

    Interview Questions

    • They asked to write code for reversing a string. And then they would ask you how would you test the code.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    My recruiter called me at the expected time and gave me 4 questions: 1. What was your most difficult technical problem and how did you handle it? 2. How would you design a kitchen timer? 3. Simple for-loop coding question. 4. What does good design mean to you?

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft (Mountain View, CA).

    Interview

    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

    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.

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    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

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Interview on college campus through University Recruiting. First interview was nice and consisted of single technical coding question. Second round interviews in Redmond were more difficult and focused on data structures. Hard bu fair questions.

    Interview Questions

    • First round interview asked to write program that took a file of text, and then counted and stored all words from file.   1 Answer
    • Given a array of integers, write code to find the max possible sum of sub-arrays. Use arithmetic progression.   1 Answer
    • Given any two nodes in a binary tree, develop program that determined their highest common ancestor.   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    good hiring process ,very planned and hospitable. well organized and paid for all the expenses ,communication was good and prompt and no hassle. one phone ,one on campus and 6 onsite interviews.

    Interview Questions

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