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

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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Vancouver, BC

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2014.

Interview Details Interview in Jan 2014. Phone screen in feb 2014. Two interviews for the phone screen and they were an hour each - dealt with typical algo and data structure questions.

Interview Question – Hardest question was how to sort a linked list using recursion only. I knew the iterative solution but couldn't come up with recursion. Very difficult.   Answer Question


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

Interview Details Very interesting process. Many interviews with different departments. They do ask that you explain yourself a lot more than people say they do. I was interviewed by 6 different departments.

Interview Question – Mainly questions relating to data structures and testing them in extreme cases.   View Answer


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I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details Submitted resume on MS's info session at my university.
Then a on-campus interview round for 45 mins, talking about my background and some basic technical questions.
Followed by a day of on-site interview at Redmond. Four technical interview and one lunch interview. Each takes one hour, except the last one takes two hours. Some technical questions about Test, string, lists, trees, and brain teaser. Not difficult.

Interview Question – The last interviewer asked some network and OS questions, which are unexpected.   Answer Question


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I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details Phone interview with HR, last for about 40 minutes. First she want to confirm my personal information, I applied for project manager but the record she has says I applied for UI design. After this she asked me to talk about my determination working in IT industry, then we start to talk about my projects in my rusume. After this was a easy question about three fruit boxes. Then I was asked to test a keyboard. Finally I got the chance to ask her some questions.

Interview Question – What data structure did you use in your past project.   Answer Question


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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Vancouver, BC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in January 2010.

Interview Details I applied the job through a recuiter. First is a phone interview, it took around 1 hour. They asked mainly C++ questions and a few C questions as well. I also been asked why kernel development does not use C++.

Then I was invited for the onsite interview. Oniste interview has a lot of questions related to the data structure and algorithm.


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I applied through college or university - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

Interview Details They asked me to design a function to keep track of the number of people in a company based on the key swipes on the door. They also asked me if I have any questions for them. It was too simple of a question to demonstrate my skills. Also they asked me my background

Interview Question – Nothing too difficult. I was expecting some algorithm related questions.   Answer Question


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Interviewed at Microsoft

Interview Details I applied at a university career fair and was notified a week later by email that I was invited to on-campus interviews. The interview was a week after I received the email. The interview was purely technical coding questions and software project experience. There was no emphasis on personal skills or experience, and no behavioural questions.

Interview Question – Write a function that will remove all repeated elements of a given array of integers, then return the shortened array.   Answer Question


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Interview Details There were 4 interviews, mostly question on testing the knowledge of C++ - memory allocation, pointers etc. and also questions just testing the logic- different arrangements of arrays, colouring.

Interview Question – Various algorithm - sweep lines, coloring   Answer Question


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I applied online - interviewed at Microsoft in February 2010.

Interview Details Applied online and got an email from a recruiter for a phone interview.

Interview Questions

  • Give the pseudocode for a function that returns the n-th value of a Fibonacci sequence. Give both the iterative and recursive solution and their run times.   Answer Question
  • If you are a recruiter and had a resume with no contact information, what are all the ways you can think of to contact the candidate?   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
Montreal, QC

I applied online and interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details The interview experience was awesome and was worth remembering even though it happened to me approximately 6 years ago. Thank you Microsoft.

Two phone interviews, flew me to Montreal for 3 more rounds of face-to-face interviews
1) Phone Interview 1 - asked me about basic data structure (linked-list, stack etc..)
2) Phone interview 2 - asked me about a binary tree and write out a sorting algo for the binary tree

3) Face-to-face interview 1 - design a phone book for mobile applications
4) Face-to-face interview 2 - implement a sudoku game
5) Face-to-face interview 3 - an algo to detect an "inflection point" in a semi-sorted array of integers

Failed to proceed to interview Face-to-face interview 6 & 7 (back then, the 7th interview was for the hiring details).

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