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

I applied online and 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 Question – 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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I applied in-person and 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)

Interview Question – how to make it O(n)   View Answers (2)


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Seattle, WA

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 Question – Array sort.   Answer Question


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I applied through college or university and 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 Question – basic programming problems, recursive functions, linked list.   Answer Question


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Boulder, CO

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

Interview Details – It was a half and hour interview.

Interview Question – No questions were difficult

1) How to reverse a string
2) How do you increase profits in a retail store.
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Redmond, WA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – Nothing scary. Standard brainteasers and behavioral questions with some simple coding any student should be able to do.   Answer Question


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

Interview Details – On campus interview

Interview Question – The question is easy, it seems they care more about how you think.   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Redmond, WA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Redmond, WA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
UCLA, CA

I applied through college or university and 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

Interview Question – Interface vs Abstract Class?   View Answer

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