Microsoft Senior Software Development Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Mar 5, 2015
Updated Mar 5, 2015
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Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

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Application

I applied in-person – interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview

It was really interesting interview process. There were 5 conversations in 1x1 format plus 1 extra, so 6 total. Mostly we talked about my experience and around it. Each interviewer asked certain area of my experience in deep details. So you have to refresh you memory.

Interview Questions

  • Reverse string.
    Implement ntoa.
    Get number of ones in a M bit variable.
    Design and implement message passing for multiprocessor system (were given some specific hardware restrictions)
    Design and implement malloc/free for some specific requirements.
    Design embedded RTOS and implement scheduler, task switching and interrupt handler.
     
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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Microsoft's hiring is one of more organized of the pack. However, it definitely helps if your case is being pushed by the hiring manager, so if you can, do maintain contact with them.
    Interviews follow the typical structure for the industry:
    1. Initial phone screen with the recruiter.
    2. Phone Tech screen with a member of the engineering team.
    3. Follow up call with recruiter to identify groups you'd be interested in.
    4. On-site face-to-face interviews. Typically 4 (maybe 5 if you are doing a 'split' loop, or you're one of the more borderline cases)

    Overall, in onsite interview experience has improved dramatically over the years, for intervewees. Gone is the focus on brain teasers that left people numbed and shivering. Its more practical now.
    Which means - a more mixed bag of apples tends to get in, since its not just about how smart you are. I have mixed feelings about how this evolved.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions are actually not that hard. There are definitely other tech companies that will massage your brains much more. :) Most of the questions seem to come from the standard set of 150 or so questions that have been doing the rounds for several years. There are several books published with these, so being familiar with those will give you a high probability of success.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. Its pretty standard structure. At best, you may get some more stock grants.

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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

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    No Offer

    Interview

    Had an informational and informal interview, so it wasn't the usual MS interview loop. I was asked linked list question, BST questions, and code quality questions. This was a situation where I was checking out a position internally.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2014.

    Interview

    Telephonic round -
    Call by hiring manager - basic background check - questions on project

    Interview day -
    first HR round, next 3 tech rounds, and then lunch interview.
    If there are any interviews post lunch - that means you've cleared the first rounds.

    You're lucky if the hiring manager meets you.

    After the interview -
    This process is pathetic - they might even care to return back to the candidate - but if after one week you dont hear from recruiter - consider yourself rejected.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing is difficult - it all depends on the performance in tech rounds   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Interview loop with 5-6 people. Several design and implementation questions.Design questions revolve around features and problem solving. Implementation questions revolve around data structures. You will be asked the same type of questions over and over again.

    Interview Questions

    • Finding an edit distance between two strings   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Just remember to play hardball. Microsoft is not a technical leader in any space right now. So, you can make them feel unwanted for you to get a great deal.

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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    Algorithms and data structures, coding questions, some design

    Reasons for Declining

    looking to do something outside microsoft stack

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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    It was brutal; 10 hours of detailed programming questions, alternating with going to the whiteboard. Lots of C++ code chock full of errors, some obvious; others subtle

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    no need to negotiate; offer was very competitive

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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

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    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

    Interview

    First contacted by a Microsoft recruiter to vetify that I qualify for the advertized job. I git contacted by email by the recruiter a week later to set up a technical interview. Tge interview was online where you need to solve real time a question the interviewer asked

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    I had an interview with 6 different people for 2 different position after 2 phone interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • What's the test process that ensures that your code is good to go?   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Bellevue, WA).

    Interview

    On site from internal referral

    Interview Questions

    • A lot of behavioral questions. Technical and coding questions are focused on CS fundamentals.   Answer Question

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