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

Updated Feb 05, 2014
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Redmond, WA (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2013.

Interview Details Initial phone screen was friendly, recruiter was helpful gave some good tips on what to kind of questions to expect. But they should be doing a better job screening people and not just randomly asking developers with no testing experience to interview for a testing position.
Coding test was to write code to get all palindromes in a string.
On-site interviews were hectic, you try and prove your testing and simple coding skills.
Test a refrigerator.
Code to make diagonal elements 0 in a matrix.

Interview Question – Coding test was to write code to get all palindromes in a string.

Test a refrigerator.
Code to make diagonal elements 0 in a matrix.
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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Cambridge, MA (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2010.

Interview Details Phone interview followed by an on-site which was the regular white-board coding questions companies like MSFT/Google ask. I was not hired by this team but very soon got a call from another team and another on-site and got a job there

Interview Question – What are your strengths/weaknesses - was not expecting this in an MSFT interview   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Bellevue, WA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details Had 2 phone interviews, one by HR, one by an Engineer, and then was invited for on site.
On-site 3 interviews.

Interview Question – Design a Battleship game.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details Need to be good in computer fundamentals

Interview Question – Do you know this question early?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – You need to good at negotiation.

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Mountain View, CA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Microsoft in December 2009.

Interview Details Hire process is very well defined and clear. Nowadays, there is no non-job related questions should ask. and most questions to figure out how good your programming knowledge are.

Interview Question – Should able to write code of Quick Sort in limited time.   View Answer

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Hyderābād (India)

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2013.

Interview Details Interview was simple asked 2 questions

a) Find the number of words in a document
b) Bulbs problem / puzzle given 2 bulbs find the maximum number of floors the bulbs can be dropped without breaking

I provided reasonably good answers for both the questions cross checked on the net after the interview but somehow they refused to go further dissapointed after putting in lot of efforts

Looks like interviewers at microsoft have an attitude of only "they know the things" and do not encourage a learning attitude

Interview Question – Bulbs problem   View Answer

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in May 2013.

Interview Details 1 Written test + 2 technical rounds.
Written test: Fix 3 bugs and 1 feature coding
1 round: CV Walkthrough + White Board Coding (Check for valid brackets in String)
1 round: Basic Testing Question (test plan, test strategy, various types of testing, security testing etc), White Board Coding (Reverse a linked list, Sort an array which has only digits 0-9)

Interview Question – Lot of Theory types of questions like test plan, test strategy.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Zelenograd (Russia)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2013.

Interview Details 2 remote technical interviews (skype, audio only). One with team lead. It was quite difficult, but bearable. Second with SDET 2. It was quite easy.
1 technical interview in office, airplane tickets was paid. Interview was very hard, as for me. 2 hours of continuous questions regarding my technical knowledge and personal qualities.
1 stress interview with technical director. It was the worst one. After that I thought I will never get an offer. I was ready for stress testing, but not in my field of knowledge.
1 formal interview with HR specialist. Pure pleasure.

Interview Question – "Tell me about your biggest achievement?"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Don't underestimate yourself. Be confident, calm, friendly but tough.

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II

Interviewed at Microsoft

Interview Details Got contact from linkden

Interview Question – Write a function that counts words of a book based on type (noun, verb, etc)   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II
Mountain View, CA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in July 2011.

Interview Details All questions were technical. I had 3 coding questions and several test questions probing on what I had done. Coding questions included reversing a linked list, inserting into a binary search tree and deleting a node from a binary tree. I was asked to come up with test cases for my code. In addition I was asked to come up with a strategy and test cases for an internet voice calling software product and a toy for a toddler. Overall the interview experience was very positive and interesting.

Interview Question – There was no unexpected question. There was a lot of expectation and probing in the area of end to end scenarios and integration test strategy for the testing questions.   Answer Question

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