Microsoft Software Developer Interview Questions

Updated Jul 27, 2015
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Software Developer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in February 2015.

Interview

The first interview I had was with a college recruiter, which went well. It was more behavioral in nature. I was contacted back about a month later and told I had the opportunity for a second-round interview at their headquarters in Seattle. There were four interviews asking about coding questions. I feel the first interview was the most important and I hear this is how they gauge your skill level and will communicate this to your next interviewers.

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Easy interview, contacted by recruiter and set up interview. Interview was relaxed, one on one with a guy. Asked me to write code, asked me about resume. I don't think the first round is supposed to be very hard but I messed up on one of the technical questions.

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Flown up to MS office in Seattle in a hotel for 3 days. The experience itself was nice but the method of interviewing wasn't that great. The interviewers are from specific teams so getting hired is a crapshoot as the team may be hiring 1 or 8 people and it totally depends. Also there is no committee or discussion so it is dependent on whether the specific interviewer liked you.

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    Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Applied at recruiting event, got a phone interview. It lasted about 45 minutes. It was very easy, a couple of puzzles here and there. Just a rundown of my resume, to be honest.

    Interview Questions

    • Had a question about threads and processes. Probably not a hard question, but I haven't taken extraordinarily high level courses, yet.   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    I met a recruiter at a campus career fair. The recruiter contacted me within two weeks to set up an on campus interview. The email containing the interview sign up also contained a list of books and websites to help prepare for the interview. The interview itself was a half hour long. The interviewer asked me to talk a little bit about my classes and projects, which I did for seven minutes. The rest of the time was spent in working out a technical problem. I first discussed my ideas with the interviewer, who then told me what he liked and did not like and then asked me to write down some code. I heard back from the recruiter a week later informing me that I had made it to the next round, which has not taken place yet.

    Interview Questions

    • The technical question was related to data structures and sorting.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    I got the interview through the career fair at my campus. It was the most technical interview I had had, so it was a little rough. I also didn't sense much friendliness from my interview, which didn't help anything.

    Interview Questions

    • Small coding questions with purposeful cases that might mess you up.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsoft in November 2014.

    Interview

    One thirty minute on campus interview. Interviewer began with some soft questions, asking about recent project I had done, and what the largest bugs had been. He then proceeded with technical questions. He asked two questions relating to trees, and one regarding sorting.

    Interview Questions

    • Sorting question dealing with organizing terrabytes of data.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Microsoft (Miami, FL) in November 2014.

    Interview

    It was an on campus interview. The company was announced via email so a first pool of resumes could be collected, and from those a number were chosen for an on campus interview. I came in, the interviewer was very cordial and easy to talk to. We spent a good bit of time just discussing various tech interests. We immediately started with a coding problem, then moved on to a number of design questions and some questions about my background. Fairly easy, I made it through to the second round which is to be flown down to their microsoft campus for an interview. They havent called me back yet.

    Interview Questions

    • Reverse the words in a string.   1 Answer
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    Software Developer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I got a phone call from their office in Redmond and the interview lasted 45 minutes. The interview included short answer technical questions to behavioural and problem solving questions. No coding questions.

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    Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview

    University recruiting. Contacted by recruiter via email. First round interview. It was conducted at my university. First question was a standard "tell me about yourself". Afterwards, I was expecting more technical questions. Instead the interviewer asked me what Microsoft products I liked and hated, and to explain why. The last question was a basic brain teaser that wasn't too bad. I would recommend that for the 1st round interview, expect more behavioral than technical questions.

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    • What Microsoft products I like / hate and to explain why.   Answer Question
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