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Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview Questions

Updated Dec 19, 2014
Updated Dec 19, 2014
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in June 2009.

Interview Details

Got a friend within the company to make a referral with my resume. Received email not long after asking for a 1/2 hr long phone interview. Had to download meeting software that allows the other side to see what you are typing in real time. Interviewer asked technical questions, mainly basic programming questions like string manipulation and binary trees and some pertaining to servers. Way beyond my knowledge as a fresh graduate.

Interview Questions
  • What is the difference between public, private and protected classes?   View Answer
  • Describe a binary search tree   Answer Question
  • What is a garbage collector and how does it function?   Answer Question
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    I applied on microsoft.com/careers for multiple positions. About a month later I was emailed a document which included some questions asking me to rate myself in various programming languages as well as a coding question. The question was to implement a function that returned true if a linked list had a cycle in it.

    After filling out and returning the document I was setup for a phone interview with the team. During the phone interview I was asked some soft questions about my interests in technology, background, etc. I was also asked how I would implement a function to convert a character array into an integer. I was told I would be hearing from them again.

    The next day the recruiter emailed me to setup an in person interview in Redmond, Washington. On the day of the interview I went to the wrong building and ended up barely making my interview time. Tip - arrive early!

    *Interviewer 1 - SDET: Soft questions about background, then jumped into a coding question. How would I reverse words in a paragraph of text. I coded it out and he pointed out a bug, which I fixed.

    *Interviewer 2 - Lead SDE: Jumped right into a coding question. There's a tree where in addition to the left/right pointers, there's another pointer set to NULL. I was to write a function to traverse the tree, initializing that pointer to the nodes sibling. So basically just connecting up the levels of the tree.

    *Interviewer 3 - Lead SDET: Print tree level by level. I coded up a solution in 10 minutes and ran some test cases through it. He then sold me on his team.

    *Interviewer 4 - Lead SDET: No coding question. The entire interview was me writing a test plan to test a robot.

    *Interviewer 5 - Development Manager: Some chit chat about resume, then a coding question. Print the count of letters in an array. So if the array was "ababac", I would print a - 3, b - 2, c - 1.

    After the interview the manager said I would hear from them soon. Next day I was given an offer, contingent on a background check.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Don't take the first offer, especially if you know you did well in the interview. Ask for more and a sign-on bonus.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    I had two simultaneous loops for two different positions at Microsoft, got selected in both and I accepted the one I thought was best suited for me.
    The interview process started with emailed questionnaire that included personal + problem solving type questions. Then the loops themselves contained 5 interviews each. The interviewers were from the team that needed the candidate.
    I was asked to comment on lot of actual scenario/daily problems and their solution. The 1:1 interview had questions mainly on algorithms and testing scenarios.
    Overall it was a typical Microsoft interview. The key to crack it is being confident answering and being strong in the fundamentals (datastructures, algorithms)

    Interview Questions
    • Write a function that will take in a phone number and output all possible alphabetical combinations (found in a normal phone keypad) for it.   Answer Question
    • How would you test the function above?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2008.

    Interview Details

    It was a very smooth process. It helps to work as a contractor or vendor for a team in which you are interested before going full-time to access the team.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It was quite short since I jumped on the offer I was given as it was very good
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

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

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    It was mostly consisted of normal c/c++ code, algorithm, puzzle solving. they also asked concepts related OS data structure and networking. The whole process took 2 day. 1 they had a written test which was followed by 4 rounds of technical interviews. Interview was of medium complexity and i answered most of the questions easily. Overall i had a very positive experience. They also did background and educational verification after the interview and before giving the offer letter

    Interview Questions
    • write a program to check that opening and closing braces match   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Planning part of interview was not good. There were lot of confusion regarding timings, schedule, place etc. Interview length was good none, out of the 4 round, took more than an hour.

    Interview Questions
    • Director round was a bit confusing as I was asked to track mineral water of a mineral water plant.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't negotiated
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    This was through IJP from within MS itself being a MS employee.
    Really bad interview process in MS - GD. I had to push the HR to setup my interview as if I am the HR. Than again just 2 rounds in the whole day from morning 10 to evening 6 and I was told to leave without any feedback. Again I had to run behind the HR for getting the status update and finally after 10 days I was again called for an Hiring Manager round which went for 2 hours and that too instead of managerial question the HM round went into technical stuff. And as usual again I was asked to leave for the day and no update till 1 month even after running behind the HR a lot.

    Reasons for Declining

    Got to know that work culture and the actual work is not good and also did not at all like the way Hr and the management treated me even before joining them.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Microsoft in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview was simple asked 2 questions

    a) Find the number of words in a document
    b) Bulbs problem / puzzle given 2 bulbs find the maximum number of floors the bulbs can be dropped without breaking

    I provided reasonably good answers for both the questions cross checked on the net after the interview but somehow they refused to go further dissapointed after putting in lot of efforts

    Looks like interviewers at microsoft have an attitude of only "they know the things" and do not encourage a learning attitude

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

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    1 Written test + 2 technical rounds.
    Written test: Fix 3 bugs and 1 feature coding
    1 round: CV Walkthrough + White Board Coding (Check for valid brackets in String)
    1 round: Basic Testing Question (test plan, test strategy, various types of testing, security testing etc), White Board Coding (Reverse a linked list, Sort an array which has only digits 0-9)

    Interview Questions
    • Lot of Theory types of questions like test plan, test strategy.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Zelenograd (Russia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Zelenograd (Russia)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    2 remote technical interviews (skype, audio only). One with team lead. It was quite difficult, but bearable. Second with SDET 2. It was quite easy.
    1 technical interview in office, airplane tickets was paid. Interview was very hard, as for me. 2 hours of continuous questions regarding my technical knowledge and personal qualities.
    1 stress interview with technical director. It was the worst one. After that I thought I will never get an offer. I was ready for stress testing, but not in my field of knowledge.
    1 formal interview with HR specialist. Pure pleasure.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about your biggest achievement?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Don't underestimate yourself. Be confident, calm, friendly but tough.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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