Microsoft Software Development Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Oct 17, 2014
Updated Oct 17, 2014
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Software Development Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details

I initially had a on campus interview at my university. It was short 30 minute interview where they went over my resume and had a quick technical question.
I heard back around 3 weeks later, mainly b/c I had a offer that was on the verge of expiring. They flew me out to the Redmond campus that same week.
The day of the interview, I arrived on site around 8am and had a quick chat with HR. They told me which team I was interviewing for and sent me to the building for the interviews. I had 5 interviews and 1 lunch interview. This lasted until around 3PM.
I received a call the next day and was extended an offer.

The technical questions asked:
On-campus interview:
    remove duplicates from an unsorted array
On-site interviews:
    implement strtok
    reverse string(ie. hello world => world hello)
    find lca for bst
    find first non repeating character in string
    given a list of characters and the function toLower, implement toUpper
    check for palindrome in string and singly linked list
    check if binary tree is bst

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I had a campus interview first, which give a coding problem. I past this one. Then I got an onsite interview at Fargo. Four/Five round interviews. Every round I should do one or two coding questions, and talk about my projects, my working experiences, and so on.

    Interview Questions
    • I failed one logic test problem at the first round, but did well in the rest round. I spend too much time on practicing coding problems. I didn't expect the coding problems are so easy. But I didn't do very well on talking about my working experiences.   Answer Question
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    30 mins campus on-site interview. Like normal campus interview, interviewer first introduce what his group do in Microsoft. And then, he asked some normal behavior questions like what is the most difficult project in your resume. Then technical part is quite simple question about linkedlist

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

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

    Interview Details

    It was an interview on my university campus. The interviewer just asked one question, given a sentence, reverse the order of the words in the sentence. Looking back it was a pretty simple question and he was prepared to ask a couple more questions after, but at the time I was unprepared, so I stumbled a bit and only got through the one.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a sentence, reverse the order of the words in the sentence.   View Answer
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was first asked C# questions like private and static constructors, ref/out, anonymous delegate etc. Then the algorithm question below. It is good to know your resume projects well, C# concepts and algorithms - this covers about everything for developer interview

    Interview Questions
    • Find the next node in a binary tree from any node (implying successor to a node)   View Answers (3)
    No Offer
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied through campus career fair, contacted next day by email for on campus interviews. Interviews were held 2 weeks later. Interviews were 30 mins, about 10-15 mins talking about stuff you did on your resume, and then 10 mins with a single coding problem. and then 5-10 mins taking about the problem. what you would have done differently, how to test for bugs, etc

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    It was a campus interview. The interviewee asked me some general questions about me and my projects. Then, he let me do a string converting question (shift the char with a shift value, for example, 'a' with 1 will be shifted to 'b' and 'z' with 1 will be shifted to 'a'). The question was quite easy but I forgot how to turn ASCII code to char and char to ASCII code. It hurted a lot. Anyway, it was a good experience for me.

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    • I forgot how to turn ASCII code to char and char to ASCII code.   View Answer
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I give you 3 baskets of apples oranges or mixed with all labels marked incorrectly you can not look at them how do you fix the labels without looking at it and by pulling one item out

    Interview Questions
    • It is easy, look online for questions and how to solve them   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    The interview was 30 minutes. Basically technical questions. The two technical questions are:

    1. Remove duplicate entries in an array
    2. Given a string, count the average # of letters in a word. (Basically eliminate all the punctuations in a word, count the number, and average it for the entire string)

    No Offer
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsoft in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I first gave my resume at the career fair now after two weeks Microsoft is back on campus to interview. The interviewer was nice. He first asked me about my past projects/behavioral questions then moved on to ask me two technical questions. The whole interview was 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. If there is a new integer in a binary tree data structure called height which would specify the level for each node. Implement a function that would populate the height at each node.
      2. Given a value, display it in binary.
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