Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview Questions

Updated Aug 14, 2014
Updated Aug 14, 2014
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
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I applied online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details

on-site interview, flew to hq. interviewed with 5 people about 1 hour each

Interview Questions
  • given two linked lists with a digit in each node, add the two linked lists together. the result must be a linked list with one digit in each node. use only one iteration of the two input lists.   View Answers (4)
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied in-person - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    on site interview, first round
    question:
    given two arrays(int), they have common numbers, output an array, which contains common numbers, with duplicate numbers, for example,
    a1={1,1,1,2,-8,9}
    a2={1,1,-8,10}

    output: a={1,1,-8}

    time complexity requirement: O(n)

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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 in-person - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    4 guys each ask you a 45 mins questions. And I am not sure what is the process of these 4 guys. I got the result in the same day.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    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 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Applied at university fair.
    One on campus interview for half an hour. basic programming problems.
    One phone interview which was very easy and the interview finished in 15 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • basic programming problems, recursive functions, linked list.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boulder, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boulder, CO
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    It was a half and hour interview.

    Interview Questions
    • No questions were difficult

      1) How to reverse a string
      2) How do you increase profits in a retail store.
        View Answer
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    Neutral Experience
    Average 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 through college or university. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Smooth and simple. Everyone was very polite and HR was easy to communicate with. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. On-site also went decently well (although I've heard horror stories from others). Interviewees had plenty of perks to help them relax and free food. Interviewees are also given the chance to explore Seattle.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing scary. Standard brainteasers and behavioral questions with some simple coding any student should be able to do.   Answer Question
    No 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 college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    On campus interview

    Interview Questions
    • The question is easy, it seems they care more about how you think.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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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 through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied through a university recruiting event.
    Talked to a recruiter then scheduled a technical phone interview.
    Did a basic programming problem on the phone (reverse a singly linked list), and a few days later I was invited to fly out to an on-site interview.

    Fast-forward a few weeks, I flew out to Seattle, WA. They put me up in the Westin (very nice hotel) and payed for everything. Opt for a rental car (it's free!) so you can explore the city when you're done on your own time.

    Microsoft now does most of their interviews in four hour intervals. I was assigned the morning interval (~8am - ~1pm), so the whole on-site interview didn't last more than 4 or 5 hours.

    They pick you up in a limo with the other candidates (there were a total of 16 of us). They brought the 16 of us into a holding room in a building on the campus. From there, the interviewers came and got a candidate to interview one by one. A total of four interviews were given (everyone got the same amount, no one was sent home early or anything). Each one was 45 minutes, with a 15 minute break in between. The interviews weren't too hard - reverse the words of a string (example i/p: sunny in seattle o/p: seattle in sunny). If you read through Cracking the Coding Interview, it's really not too bad. I've interviewed at Google and Amazon and those interviews were much harder.

    At some point in the interview they feed you food, usually a pasta. My advice would be to avoid all the carbs, as my group had two interviews, then lunch, then two more interviews. After lunch, the people that ate a lot of carbs (pasta) were about ready to fall asleep, despite having two more interviews.

    One thing to point out about these interviews is that they will drain you, similar to walking out of the SAT. A few kids actually fell asleep on the way home from the interview because they were so mentally exhausted, so make sure you pace and prepare yourself.

    Interview Questions
    • Write a function that takes in 3 sides (lengths) of a triangle and determine if it is a valid triangle. (see, it's not too bad, remember the basics and you'll be fine)   View Answer
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    Positive Experience
    Average 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 through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied through a campus recruiter, passed a phone interview, and took a trip to Redmond for an all-day interview. While people seemed nice, the company as a whole rubbed me the wrong way. The phone interview did not feel very welcoming and after talking to the various employees during the on-site interview, I got the feeling that Microsoft was a bit too paranoid. Developers only got to see fragments of a system (in this case, Windows 8 during its development) at a time and annual performance reviews ensured that no matter what, a percentage of the lowest performing engineers would be laid off (even if the lowest performing engineers were in fact well above average compared to other companies). None of the interviewers seemed to be happy with where they were and had a vibe that having to conduct an interview was almost not worth their time. The overall environment felt a bit too competitive and hostile for my taste. Ended up goofing on the on-site interview itself due to nervousness and being intimidated--it was not until a few days after that I realized those emotions were red flags.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty standard questions. The first interview is designed to be easy (fib. sequence) and throughout the day, they'll get more complicated, mostly involving one or more data structures.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  UCLA, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UCLA, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Met at the career fair. Nice person. Asked me about interests. Called me for onsite. I was a sencond year fall quarter student when i joined. Bombed the interview. Will try again.
    Q asked : Hashmap, Interface, Abstract class

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    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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