Microsoft Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview Questions

Updated Jul 12, 2015
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Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer

Interview

informational + 4 interview rounds all coding and algotithm

Interview Questions

  • Auto generate strings from initial characters   1 Answer

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft in October 2012.

    Interview

    I contacted microsoft through an ad going around on my friend's facebook. They were holding a recruiting event in Istanbul for bing development. I contacted the recruiter through email who then forwarded me to a coordinator who fixed me an appointment with a programmer to do a skype and live coding interview. The programmer contacted me on time, asked me a few questions about myself, the guy was very friendly. He asked me one puzzle only, which I first answered with a bad running time, he then asked me to enhance it, but I was too stressed and I messed the interview up. In general the contact was smooth and people were polite. you just need to be prepared, solve problems proposed on this site from other interviews and from programming interview books and you should be fine. I'll contact them and try again later when I'm more prepared

    Interview Questions

    • 1- Given an array of integers, positive and negative. find an interval in that array, whose elements constitutes the maximum sum   3 Answers
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Burnaby, BC (Canada)) in November 2014.

    Interview

    First applied the intern job online. After about two weeks, got an email told me there was a phone interview for me. The interview was about half an hour. Then just waited for a result email.

    Interview Questions

    • The difference between process and threads. The favorite project you have done. Explain big O notation. Compare two different programming languages. Distinguish a lighter marble from three same-look marbles. Ask the interviewer some questions.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Got 4 round interviews including an additional one, the whole process lasted 4 hours. All the questions were technical. All travel cost were covered and they booked flight and hotel for me. They have a professional team to process flight booking and reimbursement for candidates. It was the most fantastic interview i have participated. Overall the questions were not that hard, they wanted to see the potential of candidates rather than the answer.

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    Software Development Engineer(SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vedbæk (Denmark)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Vedbæk (Denmark)) in August 2008.

    Interview

    There were 4 interview in a day, each long about 1 hour. Each interview consits of 3 part: logic question, coding question, other questions. If you don't know how to solve task - don't be silent, ask questions!

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Got a call oncampus for the first round. I could come up with an optimized solution. Got an onsite call after almost a month. Questions were pretty simple. I guess I talked about vim/linux a bit too much. Probably not the place for me to go!

    Interview Questions

    • [Oncampus] Given list of sorted lists, find the k smallest elements out of all the lists   Answer Question
    • [Round 1] Find loop in a linked list   3 Answers
    • [Round 2] 1) Implement Stack 2) Implement Factorial   Answer Question
    • [Round 3] 1) Check for BST property 2) Arrange two sorted lists to get a sorted list without duplicates and another list with the duplicates.   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Microsoft (Hyderābād (India)) in July 2012.

    Interview

    I was did my summer internship in Microsoft India. The interviews were part of converting the internship to Full Time Employment. I had 3 interviews on different days. My performance in the interviews were not great. But I was given the offer because Microsoft was hiring massively for Bing and review from my mentor was positive. (I have listed all the questions in the interviews)

    Interview Questions

    • Consider a linked list with two pointers where the 1st pointer is the normal next pointer and the second one randomly points to some other node in the list. Given such a list as input clone it.   Answer Question
    • Find the largest palindrome in a given string. Come up with the best algorithm you can.   Answer Question
    • There are n petrol bunks arranged in circle. Each bunk is separated from the next one by a certain distance. You choose some mode of travel which needs 1 litre of petrol to cover 1 km distance. You can't draw any amount of petrol from each bunk, but each bunk has some limited petrol. Find if there is any point in the circle from which you can start? If there is one such point find the point.   Answer Question
    • Implement a variation of stack with push,pop and getmin in O(1) complexity   Answer Question
    • Given:2 sorted arrays, one of size m and other of size m+n, but in the 2nd array only n elements are present. Arrange both the sorted arrays in the bigger array. Finally the bigger array should be sorted.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Got a better job in campus placements in my college.

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    Software Development Engineer(SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in December 2012.

    Interview

    after they screened my resume, they replied within 2 days with an email to choose a phone interview time. the overall interview was easy for a phone interview, but I guess the recruiter didn't get all of my answers quite well (it was the end of the day for him btw).

    Interview Questions

    • unexpected: The Recruiter asked how many lines of code I have written in my biggest project   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter through school. Had a simple HR screening interview before onsite. Onsite had 4 interviews, questions were mostly algorithmic. Interview questions: 1. Given an unsorted array of numbers from 1-n with a number missing, find the missing number. 2. Given a dictionary and a function that returns if a work is in the dictionary, create a function that takes a non-space delimited string and outputs the same string with words separated by spaces. 3. I forget the 3rd one. 4. Given a matrix of 1s and 0s, replace every value in a column or row with 0 if 0 is in it.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a dictionary and a function that returns if a work is in the dictionary, create a function that takes a non-space delimited string and outputs the same string with words separated by spaces.   1 Answer
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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in August 2014.

    Interview

    One of the their recruiters contacted me on LinkedIn around mid June, after the initial talks had my phone screen 2 weeks after and attended a recruiting event in Vancouver a month after that only duo to my own availability! They HR team accommodated my every need and worked around my schedule!! As for the offer it took around a week and then another weeks or so for us to work on my counter offer! After that another week or so of background checks! Overall it has been exciting and very efficient process!

    Interview Questions

    • Similar to other bigger companies mostly around data structures, designs and solving challenging stuff on the board in an hour slot interviews.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    negotiations were very smooth, I didn't shoot for the moon and neither felt like that my HR contact is working against me. Offers in Vancouver will be less glorious compared to states but that's a reality. As for the competitiveness in local market, I would say it is a generous offer!

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