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Microsoft Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Aug 9, 2017
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Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (New York, NY) in January 2017.

Interview

Was very difficult and long, but worth it! They asked a lot of skill and experience questions. Defintiely research before. I would look up all the skills and memorize those because that is what they want and are looking for. I think it is a great expereince to go through this interview.

Interview Questions

  • Tell us about your past experience?   1 Answer

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    Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I got initially contacted through linkedin by a third party recruiter and scheduled a phone screen and went well. After two or three weeks I was scheduled to speak with the hiring manager, it was a skype interview and we had a nice conversation, the questions were not too difficult and I was quite excited about the role. The next morning I got invited for an onsite interview and I was scheduled to fly to Redmond in about 3 weeks, all the travel logistics were scheduled by Microsoft very efficiently. I prepared for these interviews very well (so I thought) by reading hundreds of blogs, doing more research on the products, coming up with questions, what to wear (don’t wear suit! Business casual is better) and everything you can imagine about interview preparation for your dream job.

    I flew the night before and got ready for my 3 scheduled interviews (I was emailed the list of interviewers the night before). The three interviews including lunch went well enough apparently and I was added two more, which according to the internet is a great sign. I completed the full loop and was sent home after 5 interviews and 1 conversation with HR, I felt pretty confident at the end of the day. Flew back home and this is where it got frustrated.

    Some people hear about the interview outcome the very next day, I initially sent out an email about two weeks after the onsite and was told to wait, so I did, for 4 months and got rejected in the end. The whole process took half a year to get a pass so it is hard to not feel disappointed. All the interviewers were top notch though and I can say they have been some of the best interviews I have ever had. I wish you all the best of luck but I do believe HR should be more upfront on deadlines and expectations.

    Interview Questions


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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    phone interview to know background and technical details was most important

    Interview Questions

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    Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    two phone interviews, then onsite

    Interview Questions


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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Not related to any specific technology. mostly about problem solving, programming and testing.

    Interview Questions


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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Seattle, WA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Easy programming question, but wasn't ready for the question at hand and was out of practice. Interviewer was fakely interested in what I had to say. Overall a pretty bad interview. Culture seemed very impersonal and superficial. The process of receiving an interview was very informal. Generally speaking, it seems really random who got through and who didn't. I was hoping for the program manager position and got programming questions, whereas another friend didn't get any. Who you get interviewed by is a very determining factor.

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in December 2009.

    Interview

    I provided my resume to my university's recruiter. I had worked with her in the past for a Microsoft sponsored student event, so she knew me.

    A few weeks later Microsoft was conducting interviews on my school campus and invited me for what they call "oncampus interviews." This takes the place of a phone screening. Before the interview I fill out a form stating what positions I'm interested in: SDET, SDE, or PM. On the day of the interview you are interviewed by a single person, who asks general questions, and then questions more specific to your preferred area.

    If you pass this phase you're invited to an interview at Microsoft, and you meet with multiple people, generally interviewed by two teams. You go to the office of the person interviewing you, and have to answer technical questions and do whiteboard programing. At each stage the interviewer can choose to send you home, but if they don't you're eventually interviewed by the fifth and final person, the hiring manager who has final say in whether you get an offer or not.

    It took several months before my last interview before I heard that I was going to be getting an offer. This was unusual compared to my friends experiences.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you design a CD player. Specifically, what UI choices would you make? And then how would you test it?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not attempted to negotiate.


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    Engineering Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in November 2009.

    Interview

    Too slow, moves so slow that you can just keep waiting. Plus you meet rude people who are more interested in finding personality fits than work fits.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you plan this project?   1 Answer
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in May 2009.

    Interview

    Had a phone interview... asked hypothetical questions and some about my current job, challenges, and qualifications for a future position. Found it to be an easy phone interview but did not get an offer. Technical qualifications were addressed and evaluated.

    Interview Questions


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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Microsoft (Redmond, WA) in April 2008.

    Interview

    Resume being selected for the interview is the harder part in my opinion.
    Interviews are not so hard compared to Other equally popular companies.
    Most of the questions would be past interview questions found on internet.
    Even if you know answer right away , trying to deduce the procedure infront of the interviewer would be helpful in gaining a good impression.
    Roughly about 1 in 5 are selected from interviews.
    So if 20 guys are interviewed on your day. you would need to be atleast 4th best.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a square Grid of numbers, Considering all the numbers at the boundary as 1 layer and numbers just inside as another layer and so on how would you rotate each of the layers of the numbers by a given amount.   3 Answers

    Negotiation

    Cannot negotiate most of the time. Unless you are a top executive, VP and above.


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