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Microsoft Software Development Engineer I Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 09, 2014
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Redmond, WA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Microsoft in March 2013.

Interview Details It was surprisingly easy and clean. Had an on campus filtering interview followed by a day of interviews on-site at Seattle which came within a week. The results were communicated back in less than 48 hours. They do coax you to accept the job and push you to make a decision quickly, which I think is reasonable.

Interview Question – Very predictable. Lots of coding questions and the bar raiser being a Dynamic programming question   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations since I was a fresher and I didn't have any competing job offers at that time.

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Software Development Engineer I

I interviewed at Microsoft in October 2013.

Interview Details I am respecting the process, but my experience was that I got an on-campus interview, 45 min. Went well enough. I got contacted the next day that I would have another round of interviews, which turned out to be scheduled for the following morning at 8 am, where I had two 45 min interviews back to back on-campus. I thought it was an interesting process that didn't leave a lot of time to prepare

Interview Question – Study algorithms, prepare for problem solving questions   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer I
Seattle, WA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

Interview Details I had an on-campus interview where I met with an engineer from the company. We went over 3 questions during the interview and then he mentioned that I would hear from someone in regard to moving forward. 2 weeks later, I heard that I made the final round and arranged a flight to WA. The final interview consisted of 5 interviews with different groups.

Interview Question – I was asked about C small details   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer I

Interviewed at Microsoft

Interview Details 45 minute campus interview with an engineer. If you pass the first, you'll be invited for a second, then usually flown to Seattle for further interviews if you pass the second.

Interview Question – Involved knowing a bit of number theory.   Answer Question

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Software Development Engineer I
Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

Interview Details Applied through University career fair.
Got call after 2 to 3 week for an interview in the university

Interview Question – there was nothing difficult.
First i was asked about my technical project and my ideas that i implemented in those projects and how it helped the overall outcome.

Rest was technical
1 Convert String to Integer and test it.
2. Array and Linked list complexities. Their advantages and disadvantages.
3. Algorithm for tic-toke
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Software Development Engineer I

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Microsoft in November 2013.

Interview Details Contact with school recruiter and got an interview after a week. I expected the interviewee with a technical guy but it turn out with a recruiter. She ask about background, and 1 question (brain storm). I was disappointed since no coding question is asked.

Interview Question – Very simple question: There are 9 jars. 8 jars contain marbles which each marble weights 1 gram, and 1 jar contains marbles weight 1.1 gram. With a scale display number, how can define which jar contain 1.1 gram marble with only 1 scale.   View Answer

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Interview Details Written :
1. Objective
2. Subjective
Interviews (three rounds)
1. Technical (45 mints to one hour)
2. Technical (45 mints to one hour)
3. HR
C,C++,Data structures, few general aptitude
Some thing like
1. Output of small code snippets
2. Comparing two code snippets and guess which code runs fast
3. Shift operations (at least 2 to 3 questions)
4. Tree traveling’s (given pre order and predict post order kind of things)
5. Graphs
6. Linked lists (al least 2 questions for sure)
7. String manipulations
8. Some general aptitude like how many zeros in 100! Kind of things
For Interviews (Technical)
1. Oops concepts
2. Solve some real world problems

For HR some basic questions
1. Why MICROSOFT
2. What are your goals
3. Straights and weaknesses
4. What you did to overcome your weakness

Interview Question – lca of binary tree   Answer Question

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Interview Details College campus hiring. 3 interviews. 2 basic coding. 1 design. No HR.

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Software Development Engineer I
Bangalore (India)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details Written test followed by 3 rounds

Interview Question – Mostly there were problem solving questions and questions depending on your resume. I recall the following questions:

1. Given a linked list containing 0s and 1s rearrange it so that all 0s come before 1s..... O(n)

2. Given a binary tree find the max diameter and the two end nodes of it.

3. Delete the kth node from end of a linked list (single pass)

There were some more.. That I don't recall.

I work in NLP and ML. So they asked a lot of questions regarding my project and internships. So prepare your resume well..
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Software Development Engineer I
Allahabad (India)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in October 2011.

Interview Details 2-3 elimination rounds followed by a final manager round. General algorithm questions asked in elimination rounds followed by a possible design round and some OS/compiler related theoretical questions.

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