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Updated Sep 29, 2014
Updated Sep 29, 2014
42 Interview Reviews

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    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Very fast process for me, but have heard that it went slow for some others. So varies.
    Got a phone screen with some technical questions, then an onsite within a few days, and an offer a few days after that.
    The interviews were good, lots of whiteboard coding questions but good questions, nothing stupid. Some basic sanity checks, i.e. very simple questions, some slightly more complicated (e.g. rearranging linked lists). Long day.
    If one or two interviewers give a solid thumbs down they often stop the process so they do not waste time, so if the interview is shorter than expected then expect bad news. If you make it to see the hiring manager it is a good sign.

    Interview Questions
    • Honestly don't remember, but I was not stuck anywhere so there was nothing too ridiculous. But they do expect you to think of edge cases and test cases, especially for an SDET.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate but should have. I asked for too little and got it. Research the market and ask for slightly more than you want.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Hardware Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    5 interviews with various levels of interviewers (engineers, directors, gms..). I loved the interview process because it was not the typical behavioral stuff. The conversations were pretty laid back, which I liked. We talked about some technical topics (mechanical, electrical) and my interests. The least senior person that interviewed me asked me some brainteaser type questions. They weren't too hard. I really liked the people that I met and the culture, which seemed pretty non-bureaucratic.

    During the interview process they took us to a nice dinner and treated us really well. I enjoyed the recruiting process.

    Interview Questions
    • How did you get hired for your previous job (internship) without having experience?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Software Development Engineer In Test Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied as a PM but they set an interview for an SDET position. Interview process was great though. Had a phone interview with a recruiter where we talked about my classes and projects that I've done. The recruiter was really nice and friendly. They flew me up to Mountain View a couple of weeks later. The first interviewer asked me to write atoi() and merge two sorted linked lists, which I did correctly. My interviews went downhill afterward though...

    Interview Questions
    • Write a function to count the number of sentences in a grammatically-correct English paragraph.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer/Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 on-campus, 1 on-site interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Account Technology Specialist (ATS) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Phone screen followed by phone tech review - fairly easy. Flew me into Mountain View campus for 6 hours, interviewed with other ATSs - 2, 45 minutes, then interviewed with 2 account managers. All interviews 1:1 and 45 minutes in length.

    My resume is more of a marketing document not a chronically history of my career (22 years), so interviewers got a bit stuck with trying to connect the dots. I would have rather had all interviewers at once instead of rehashing the same topic - my history.

    They asked why do I want to work for MSFT since my own consulting company is so successful. I stated I wanted to have a greater impact on society. They asked the same question again and again which gave me the impression they were not making an impact on society nor happy with their role. Who knows.

    Lunch provided. Some travel expenses paid. Had 90 minute break between interviews which sucked. Hard to carry interest after sitting in a room alone for 90 minutes. Two positions where open, maybe three. After not getting the job I was told that they are only going to fill one o f the positions and the person given the offer had more sales experience which is fine. My background is more technical / solution architect and the role appears more like hand holding enterprise clients then designing or even project management. Seemed like a shallow role.

    PS: LinkedIn was highly leveraged by both myself and the interviewing team.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    ASIC Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Many back to back 1 hour interviews with different people from different departments.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Senior User Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Microsoft in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    The biz guy came to interview and ask real-projects that they are working on for free consulting.
    Because he's biz guy, he only ask biz question for a candidate who applied to designer position

    Interview Questions
    • What should we do in order to be profitable against competitors?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Interview with recruiter about current position, salary and few techincal questions.
    Phone interview with Engineer at Mountain View Office. They ask you to write code. Questions are simple but expect to have all corner cases covered when testing.

    Interview Questions
    • Find if given number matched sum of two elements in sorted array.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Hardware Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    I filled in the application through college career fair and got the feedback in 3 weeks. One guy in XBOX team interviewed me. It's easy questions over all until I failed on the latch question because it was not the usual way I made a latch.

    Interview Questions
    • blocking and non-blocking assignments in verilog.   Answer Question
    • using 2 to 1 mux to build some gates   Answer Question
    • using verilog to build a latch. only modify the condition, not the content within always@.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process were top notch. Each interviewer I encountered was very knowledgeable and challenged my abilities. Also, my recruiters were all extremely helpful in providing me with additional resources to help me prepare for the interviews. I cannot say enough positive things about the experience I had.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions that I encountered were out of the ordinary but all were very challenging and required a variety of skills to complete (data structure knowledge, customer apathy, etc.)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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