Microsoft Engineering Intern Interview Questions

Updated Jun 24, 2014
Updated Jun 24, 2014
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Intern Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was very pleasant. I had a single phone interview (problem solving in nature) and was then flown out to Redmond a month or so later. Microsoft gives you plenty of resources to do the things you want while you're out there, so take advantage of it. They'll pay for cab fares, but I recommend getting a rental, to make sure that you're on time to wherever you need to be. On the interview day, I was shuttled to HQ with a group of other candidates (about 15 others). We had lunch and learned about the interview process. There were a total of 4 45 minute interviews, each with a different person. Each interview was pretty similar: about 15 minutes getting to know you and about 30 minutes of coding/problem solving. The questions weren't too bad...make sure your answers are geared towards a testing standpoint.

    Interview Questions
    • A question that I was not ready for was a networking question: about how traceroute works. The interviewer gave hints. It had to do with the TTL of a packet.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer (Intern) Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Saw an ad for it at college, applied, passed CV screening, then there was a phone interview (it was an opening in Redmond for Brazilian students). Interviewer asked a bit about college experiences, previous programming experiences/portfolio, and some technical questions. Didn't pass since the main question was a software testing one and I didn't know anything about that. There were internships in development and testing, but they clearly wanted people who would accept the testing jobs.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern In Software Development Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    An on-campus interview followed with 3 onsite interviews, including one lunch interview.
    The on campus interview was easy, we talked about the projects I am doing, my professional interests and solved a designing problem, in other words, I designed a state machine.

    Then I got my first on-site interview. I was interviewed with Bing Ads. The first round went on pretty good, some basic problems playing with numbers and data structures. But I was a bit slow writing codes. The second round was an lunch interview, we had lunch in their dining hall and we talked about our personal interests, and the discussed about technologies I am interested in. I said knect. He asked me if I were supposed to add one function to Xbox, would I add, and we continued our conversation on how to realize this technology. Afterwards we grabbed a cup of tea and went back to his office, and solved a coding problem. The third round has two problems, both of them asked me to deal with a char string.

    Interview Questions
    • They are pretty normal questions, but I was not that good at coding, so although I can figure out the steps, I was very slow writing codes   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    A phone interview, followed by 3 interviews in Seattle.

    Interview Questions
    • The DSP round: I was not expecting this, but I was bombarded with various questions on DSP. Though since I was interviewing for the video DSP team, I should have known better.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Great culture, really friendly recruiter, and awesome welcoming process to Seattle. They really made sure I enjoyed my stay and came to know the city and the culture.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Recruiting personnel were top notch. The process of flying out to Redmond was smooth and easy. I was never lost or confused about where to go. The series of 4 interviews was challenging and mentally exhausting, but I felt pretty good about it all--even after tripping up a bit on some questions.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you write a program to show a stack trace given a raw stack dump.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation was possible. The compensation was already very high.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Met Microsoft at a career fair. Had an on campus first round interview and 6 weeks later was contacted about going to Seattle for the final round. The entire interview process took around 2.5-3 months

    Interview Questions
    • Given any number break it down into a multiplication of all prime numbers ie 8 => 2 x 2 x 2. Shift an array by x spots in place. Design and test a file backup system.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation for interns but there are several stipends (travel, living, relocation, etc...)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    It was what you expect from a Microsoft interview. I was contacted for an on-campus interview. The interviewer was very quiet, but he knew what he was talking about. He asked the standard fare of behavioral questions and then asked the technical question. The solution he offered me wasn't correct though, not that I answered it correctly either.
    Additionally, it seemed he didn't have much mobility in the company since he said he has been in part of the team for the Start button for years now.

    Interview Questions
    • Being only the first interview, there were no hard questions, but they asked why I liked library A or library B and such questions.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Developer Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Gainesville, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gainesville, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied just before my university's Career Fair, and was asked to interview almost immediately on campus. They asked several personal questions about why I liked to program and a couple behavioral questions.

    All the questions that followed were technical by nature and seemed pretty standard. My first question was related to strings. I was to create a method to reverse the words of a string.
    i.e., "Hello World" => "World Hello"

    Interview Questions
    • Another question they asked was database related, which I have nearly no knowledge of. They asked how I would handle a scenario of retrieving data from a database, then storing it within a data structure. The data from the database included customers' names and the items they previously purchased from Microsoft.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Reliability Engineer Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    After a screening, a phone interview was given. The phone interview required talking through a few basic problem solving situations and physics applications. The next step was flying out to their Mountain View campus in California for a day of interviews. There's 4 interviews that are 45 minutes each with a 15 minute break between interviews. Only one person I interviewed with was an actual reliability engineer. Keep in mind I originally applied for a hardware engineering position, but they changed the position the morning of the interviews. I was wanting to be a hardware engineer, not a reliability engineer. The interviewers asked very detailed questions about previous classes taken and required a few problems worked out for them on a board.

    Interview Questions
    • One interviewer quizzed me on my resume. This included dates listed and job descriptions listed.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    They changed the position when I was on site.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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