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Software Development Engineer I 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+ weekinterviewed at Microsoft in March 2013.

Interview Details

It was surprisingly easy and clean. Had an on campus filtering interview followed by a day of interviews on-site at Seattle which came within a week. The results were communicated back in less than 48 hours. They do coax you to accept the job and push you to make a decision quickly, which I think is reasonable.

Interview Questions
  • Very predictable. Lots of coding questions and the bar raiser being a Dynamic programming question   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
No negotiations since I was a fresher and I didn't have any competing job offers at that time.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
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    Software Development Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tucson, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tucson, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Applied through University recruiting

    Just a puzzle regarding marbles (find jar having the marble with extra weight)
    How to implement malloc and free in memory heaps
    Given radio stations find the top 6 ones with the highest strengths

    Havent heard back yet...dunno why thats not an option

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Waiting on the result.

    Declined Offer
  2.  

    Software Development Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume via an on-campus recruiting event for summer internships (and full time) and got an email to schedule a 30 minute interview within ~2 weeks. The next step is on-site interviews at Seattle.

    Interview Questions
    • There was only one technical question: Insert a node, say x, into a sorted circular linked list given only any random node as a parameter.   View Answer
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Written :
    1. Objective
    2. Subjective
    Interviews (three rounds)
    1. Technical (45 mints to one hour)
    2. Technical (45 mints to one hour)
    3. HR
    C,C++,Data structures, few general aptitude
    Some thing like
    1. Output of small code snippets
    2. Comparing two code snippets and guess which code runs fast
    3. Shift operations (at least 2 to 3 questions)
    4. Tree traveling’s (given pre order and predict post order kind of things)
    5. Graphs
    6. Linked lists (al least 2 questions for sure)
    7. String manipulations
    8. Some general aptitude like how many zeros in 100! Kind of things
    For Interviews (Technical)
    1. Oops concepts
    2. Solve some real world problems

    For HR some basic questions
    1. Why MICROSOFT
    2. What are your goals
    3. Straights and weaknesses
    4. What you did to overcome your weakness

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    College campus hiring. 3 interviews. 2 basic coding. 1 design. No HR.

    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Software Development Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    A day's worth of interview with a lunch interview thrown in. Each interviewer gave me the opportunity to ask questions at the end. Lots of whiteboard coding. Not all interviewers have to give you a hire for you to be successful

    Interview Questions
    • Design a sysem to decode blocks of streamed data and code it.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They made me an offer and I really wasn't in a position to argue. The range of salaries is limited by your level so you are better off negotiating on signon bonus etc.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Software Development Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    initial in campus screening followed by 5 rounds of interviews on site

    Interview Questions
    • all questions were regular questions you can find on glassdoor, careercup   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    big company minimal impact

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer I Interview

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

    interviewed at Microsoft in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    Microsoft
    24-07-2012 Round 1
    30 quans + 20 programming aps 1 hr (online)
    25-07-2012 Round 2
    3 programs (online):
    1. Enumerate the given String to Ascending order without repetition.
    Input : accommodate
    Output : acdemot
    2. Given a sorted array in which a part of the sub-array is reversed. Fix it.
    Input : 1,2,3,4,7,6,5,8,9
    Output : 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
    3. Sorted Doubly Linked List to BST.
    25-07-2012 Round 3
    3 programs (written):
    1. Given an array and a number N, say whether there are tuples with difference equal to N.
    2. Insertion in Sorted circular singly linked list.
    3. Given a node in a BST print the leftmost node in the same level of the given node.
    30-07-2012 Round 4
    2 programs (written):
    1. Given a linked list with a next ptr and an arbitrary ptr, Clone it.
    2. Decimal to Hexadecimal Conversion.
    Hereafter all rounds are face-face with HR….
    30-07-2012 Round 5 (OS)
    1. Problem related Swap space management.
    2. Thrashing.
    3. Multi-threading concept.
    4. Code using Semaphores.
    5. Test cases for the above code(using diagram) and explanation.
    And finally abt “Final Year Project”
    30-07-2012 Round 6
    1. Given a BST with 2 node values swapped. Find and fix it.. (Note: Include all the test cases)
    2. Keyboard inputs are given one by one. After getting the 10th input, print all the inputs in reverse.
    3. Intersection point of Two Linked Lists.
    30-07-2012 Round 7
    1. Given a graph and two nodes, find the number of distinct path between those two nodes.
    30-07-2012 Round 8
    1. Majority element in an array. (Given array of length n, Find whether an element in the array occurs atleast n/2 times)

    Interview Questions
    • The interview was over and he said that I did well and I was most likely to be hired. I was very happy
      and in ten minutes the HR said that I was selected :)
        Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer I Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter reached me via linkedin and scheduled a f2f interview two days later in a hotel. Had five rounds of technical discussion (each 1 hour) and they told there may be one more round (may be technical). 1week later they scheduled a video call with a director (but it was actually an audio only with screen sharing). We talked about some design level ideas then he asked a technical question. I was running into trouble to setup the video call because I'd a mac (hope you understand because the video call tool was developed by MS).

    Interview Questions
    • Imagine there are n cities (say c1, c2....cn) connected circularly and each of them has a petrol bunk (say p1,p2...pn). The distance between each cities are d1, d2...dn. Here 1unit of petrol will be used to travel 1unit of distance. You can start from any city so that you can go through all of them and reach the same location (city). Find from where we've to begin the navigation.
      FOR EXAMPLE:
      c1-->c2-->c3-->c1
      p1 has 2ltr
      p2 has 10ltr
      p3 has 4ltr

      and the distance between each cities:
      c1<-->c2: 3
      c2<-->c3: 2
      c3<-->c1: 8

      Here we've to start at c2 in-order to come back again to the same place.

      Explain the logic to find whether u can come back to the same location. Find where to start. Write a program for the same. Write test cases for the same.
        View Answer
    • You're converting a string (s1) into another (s2) by changing the characters in s1. You can do add/delete/replace the characters of s1 to get s2. The cost of any of those operation for a character is 1. Find the minimum cost to convert s1 into s2. Write program and test cases for the same.
      For example: Convert "Hi" into "Hey". This would require minimum two cost.
      1. Replace 'i' with 'e' in s1
      2. Add 'y' to s1.
      Now we've s2.
        View Answer
    • Write a program to iterate through a 2D grid in a spiral way. Since I can't attach images here, I'll explain it using an array. Imagine you've a nxm matrix of bytes. you've iterate through it in a spiral way. It means, iterate the first row (left to right), then iterate through the right most column (top-bottom) then iterate the bottom most row (right-left) until you reach the center of the matrix. Hope its clear now.   View Answer
    • You've a singly linked list where every node in the list has a field "random" which points to other node in the same list. Write a function to clone this list (create a new copy of the same). Don't use extra space (just the pointer variables are fine).   View Answers (3)
    • Some other standard questions:
      1. Given a BST and a range, print all the numbers that comes in that range.
      Ex: the function will be something like: print(node * head, int x, int y);
      It has to print all numbers within the rage x&y
      2. Print max height (level) of a binary search tree.
      3. Given an array of integers, determine the sub array which makes max sum.
      4. Find LCA of the binary search tree.
        View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Salary was less. They were just matching my CTC and it required relocation.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer I Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    2-3 elimination rounds followed by a final manager round. General algorithm questions asked in elimination rounds followed by a possible design round and some OS/compiler related theoretical questions.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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