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
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2012.
Interview Details Interview process started with tell me about urself and asked project related questions
1. U have an array which is sorted row wise and column wise, find an element
2. trim a binary search tree
3. Implement Circular queue using arrays
4. Least common ancestor without using recursion
Interview Question – Least common ancestor without using recursion Answer Question
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft in June 2012.
Interview Details HR was quite efficient, interview started at right time,
Got rejected after three rounds of interviews.
It was almost evening and interviewer looked tired in last round.
Interview Question – Find largest palindrome in a string Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Microsoft in July 2008.
Interview Details Telephone Interview : I was asked to write a code then walk through the code.
in Person : I had 10 rounds. In all rounds, I was asked to write code. Either algorithm of simple c function or to solve complex word based puzzles using algorithms.
I cleared 9 rounds. I had last round with the Unit Head. He gave me a puzzle, which I think i messed up. I did not make it. Later My recruiter told me that I was rejected not because of code, but because i did not ask enough questions.
Interview Question – Write algorithm for c compiler. View Answer
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Microsoft in April 2008.
Interview Details it was easy if look back it now but at that time i didn't understand data strctures well. questions we simple like find mirror of binary tree , find if tree is balanced or not. you need good understanding of data structures and algorithms in order to get to microsoft.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Microsoft in July 2008.
Interview Details Interview was scheduled by a recruiter. There was phone interview and then called for in person interview. Had to wait for an hour at their office to get the interviewer's time slot. Interview process is not properly organized. Later, I had go from room from to meet about 5 managers (or leads) and talk to them. They don't seem to be prepared for interviewing me. I could easily answer their questions. It seems I was turned dow because I'm a Java guy and their work is mostly around .Net.
Interview Question – How would you design a hotel reservation system? View Answer
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Microsoft in September 2008.
Interview Details The hiring process is fine. Only glitch is that my interviews were all scheduled for weekends. They typically have 5 rounds of interviews. There is a preliminary round. If you cross that, there will be three more rounds of technical interview and after that you might have one more round where you'll be interviewed by someone high up (In my case it was a director).
Reason for Declining – The offer was not competitive with my present compensation
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. Answer Question
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
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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