Microsoft Software Development Engineer Interview Questions

Updated 17 Oct 2014
Updated 17 Oct 2014
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Software Development Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft.

Interview Details

I had a one on one interview with two people from Microsoft. The first part was technical, the interviewer asked me to code a function which would reverse the order of words in a string, and then I had to optimize the solution and consider edge cases, etc... The second interviewer asked me about my projects, my studies, etc...

Interview Questions
  • Give me a program and what you would do to make it better?   Answer Question
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview before current techniques implemented so not really applicable, still was asked problem solving skills rather than specific coding skills. Also MS look for people who want to work for right reasons not money.

    Interview Questions
    • Different ways or sorting, going through an algorithm for combining and sorting 3 list of data.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    Nothing fancy, standard phone interview, no weird, tricky or anything like what you usually read. We mainly talked about my interests and my projects. I was asked to describe my most challenging projects, what I learned from them and what I think my main attributes are. I was also asked a few behavioural questions, i.e how would you deal with this situation or that situation.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing really weird, I had read about tricky questions, but nothing like that   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reading, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reading, England
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Microsoft in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    After HR screening interview, which is really nothing to worry about, was emailed a questionnaire containing a few usual sort of HR questions regarding working in a team, showing initiative etc. plus a few programming specific questions regarding project you have undertaken. It finishes with a couple of C++/C tests fr with you have to time yourself.

    Phone interview with a manager was arranged with real time online programming tests.

    Finally an onsite day of interviews assessments in Reading.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 13 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I had a campus interview first, which give a coding problem. I past this one. Then I got an onsite interview at Fargo. Four/Five round interviews. Every round I should do one or two coding questions, and talk about my projects, my working experiences, and so on.

    Interview Questions
    • I failed one logic test problem at the first round, but did well in the rest round. I spend too much time on practicing coding problems. I didn't expect the coding problems are so easy. But I didn't do very well on talking about my working experiences.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redmond, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    I initially had a on campus interview at my university. It was short 30 minute interview where they went over my resume and had a quick technical question.
    I heard back around 3 weeks later, mainly b/c I had a offer that was on the verge of expiring. They flew me out to the Redmond campus that same week.
    The day of the interview, I arrived on site around 8am and had a quick chat with HR. They told me which team I was interviewing for and sent me to the building for the interviews. I had 5 interviews and 1 lunch interview. This lasted until around 3PM.
    I received a call the next day and was extended an offer.

    The technical questions asked:
    On-campus interview:
        remove duplicates from an unsorted array
    On-site interviews:
        implement strtok
        reverse string(ie. hello world => world hello)
        find lca for bst
        find first non repeating character in string
        given a list of characters and the function toLower, implement toUpper
        check for palindrome in string and singly linked list
        check if binary tree is bst

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate, the compensation package was good enough
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    30 mins campus on-site interview. Like normal campus interview, interviewer first introduce what his group do in Microsoft. And then, he asked some normal behavior questions like what is the most difficult project in your resume. Then technical part is quite simple question about linkedlist

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was first asked C# questions like private and static constructors, ref/out, anonymous delegate etc. Then the algorithm question below. It is good to know your resume projects well, C# concepts and algorithms - this covers about everything for developer interview

    Interview Questions
    • Find the next node in a binary tree from any node (implying successor to a node)   View Answers (3)
    No Offer
  9.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    It was an interview on my university campus. The interviewer just asked one question, given a sentence, reverse the order of the words in the sentence. Looking back it was a pretty simple question and he was prepared to ask a couple more questions after, but at the time I was unprepared, so I stumbled a bit and only got through the one.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a sentence, reverse the order of the words in the sentence.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Microsoft.

    Interview Details

    It was a campus interview. The interviewee asked me some general questions about me and my projects. Then, he let me do a string converting question (shift the char with a shift value, for example, 'a' with 1 will be shifted to 'b' and 'z' with 1 will be shifted to 'a'). The question was quite easy but I forgot how to turn ASCII code to char and char to ASCII code. It hurted a lot. Anyway, it was a good experience for me.

    Interview Questions
    • I forgot how to turn ASCII code to char and char to ASCII code.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
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