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Microsoft Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Dec 29, 2013
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2010.

Interview Details Phone Interview and then 4 in site interview

Interview Question – Wasn't there any difficult question really but the interview covers a lot of aspect, between technical and non technical question.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I
Seattle, WA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details First interview went quite well. Second round of interviews were within reason except for one interviewer. He was so socially awkward and sometimes refused to even answer my questions. Quite hard to get any clarification from him.

Interview Question – Write an algorithm that takes function names from a program and will figure out if it is made up of valid words (1 or more).   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details I have a phone interview and they told me that they are gonna contact me in two weeks.
Questions:
- Longest code I have ever code
- Hardest problem
- You have 9 balls one of which is heavier and a balance find the heavier one by using the balance two times.
- Compare C/C++/Java

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2011.

Interview Details interviewer gave a problem to solve and i was supposed to write the code on paper. problem was good and related to pattern matching. and after this he told how will you test the code. finally he was not satisfied with my performance.

Interview Question – write code for searching pattern in an array   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I

The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2011.

Interview Details 1. Got the interview from the HR;
2. All about basic questions, like some behavior questions, such as wats the most challenging things for you, all the questions can be found similarly as the existing experiences;
3. Brain teaser: how can u know the temperature outside when you stay inside without any tools.

Interview Question – How can u measure the temperature outside when you stay inside?   View Answers (2)

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I
Seattle, WA (US)

The process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2011.

Interview Details On campus information session. After a few days, they e-mail an offer to interview on campus in Seattle. They ask you to read a book 'breaking code' for the interview. The most important topic to prepare well for clearing the interview is Data Structures. There will be 5 rounds of interview in a single day 9am to 5pm. If you do not do well in a particular interview, you will not be called for the next round. Most of the people get dropped in 3rd round. If you are called for all the 5 rounds, you will get the job.

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Negotiation Details – They compete with engineers from NetApp etc, so if you have interviewed with other top companies, MS will offer 95k + location and joining bonus

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I
Redmond, WA (US)

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2011.

Interview Details I was asked lots of brain teaser and some C++ questions

Interview Question – Implement a graph class, find the minimum spanning tree?   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I
Redmond, WA (US)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in August 2008.

Interview Details Phone interview was set up approx. 1 week in advance to determine if I was a good fit for the group. The phone interview included many questions around software development lifecycle, test plans, current work environment, programming questions, and other technical questions. I was not prepared enough for the interview.

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