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Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
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interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

Interview Details

30 minutes interview with some questions on resume and one question about linked list. He asked me to write a code removing all nodes having value = given value from the list

Interview Questions
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Easy Interview

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Microsoft came to my college career fair. I dropped off my resume and they emailed me 2 days later wanting to schedule a 30 min interview on my college campus.

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

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    This is an on-campus interview which only lasted 30 min. The whole process went very well. I was asked about how to back up emails.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult part is I am not that interested in this position.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone Interview then another phone interview a few weeks later. Then I was flown out for the on campus interview.

    Interview Questions
    • "How would you test the new Microsoft 'Spoon'" -- Basically they told me that microsoft was coming out with the latest and greatest in spoon technology and I was to test it. They were vague on all the questions I asked (everyone goes out of their way to tell you to ask plenty of questions, but it seemed to help absolutely nothing in this case).   View Answer
    No Offer
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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 – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Convert the number 123 to word format i.e one hundred twenty three.

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

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I arrived early in the morning at an HR area set aside for interview candidates. After filling out a bit of paperwork and some discussion I was taken to the building with my first interview. Some interviews were in offices, some were in conference rooms.

    Each interviewer had questions that they wanted to know about. Some interviewers had themes to their questions, such as technical expertise, or experience dealing with tough projects.

    Each interviewer (even my lunchtime interview, after we ate) had a coding question. I was expected to write out on a whiteboard and talk my way through. They responded to questions about the coding problems, but most responses seemed to be a "Sure, I can narrow down the scenario for you, let me think of something."

    One person's coding question had error handling as a theme.

    After the last interview I was taken back to the initial building.

    Interview Questions
    • Random objects were held up, and I was asked how I would test them.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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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 – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen, followed by a on on campus interview. Expect very difficult technical questions when on campus. Phone screen will be easy in comparison. Questions will test your understanding of basic algorithms like sorting while the occasional sorting problem will pop up, or asking you to reverse a string in place, linearly. The key is to be confident in your ability and answers

    Interview Questions
    • Make a deep copy of a linked list where each node contains two pointers, next and random. Random points to some node in the list.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    The process started off with my campus recruiter re-sending an email about a potential phone interview. Turns out the first email was sent straight to spam (bad Google! Folks, check your spam folder every now and then). I replied, and she set up a phone interview for me a few weeks later.

    Phone interview: Morning phone call with some pretty standard questions. The msft employee was fairly nice and wanted me to code the questions (can't remember but I'd guess they were string searches and character counting programs) and send them to his microsoft.com email address. A few days later I got an email from my campus recruiter saying I did well, and she'd like to know some teams that I might be interested in interviewing with.

    Redmond: On the morning of the interview I met with my recruiter at the recruiting building 111 where she handed me details of my first interview and what team I was interviewing for. What followed was the standard microsoft interview loop (meet with a person, interview for an hour, then be asked to wait in the coffee lounge while the interviewer goes to talk to the next person). After meeting three people, I was asked to meet their manager, and after that, his manager!

    A few days later I got an email saying that they would like to move ahead with an offer!

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing really out of the ordinary. If you practice with cracking the coding interview and similar books (practice with, mind you, not learn from) you should be golden.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Before I was given an offer, I was told that there would be no negotiation. The offer was better than anything I expected anyway.
    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 through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Standard Microsoft interview--you have 4 interviews scheduled--one hour for 3 of them, and and hour and a half for the lunch interview. Interview flow starts out with some softball questions, typically about engineering, or previous experience, and then typically gets into coding questions, algorithms, white board analysis of a system (how to test it). If you do well you land the 5th "as appropriate" interview (typically with a higher level manager).

    Interview Questions
    • Start with a random linked list--a linked list with a second node pointer that can point to some random node in the list, or to nothing at all. Implement a method that will generate a deep copy of the list   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Group interview for a certain web services group. Each candidate was locked in a room, and managers would play round robin, rotating between candidates to interview them.

    Hiring decisions were made whether or not a candidate would succeed in the organization as a whole. After this, managers would engage the candidate in phone or 1:1 meetings to flesh out which team/manager a candidate would be a best fit for.

    Interview Questions
    • Write a compiler subroutine for ensuring all brackets and parentheses are paired. If an unpaired bracket/parenthesis is found, report its line number.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Phone call and 1:1 with manager's manager.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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