Episode 54 - Interviewing at Microsoft April 23, 2011

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In this episode Jim and Mark discuss interviewing for a tester (aka SDET) position at Microsoft. What's it like, what questions might be asked and what are we looking for? Join them as they discuss all of this and more in this week's episode of Coding QA.

What's New?

Interviewing for an SDET Position at Microsoft

  • Caveat - These details are related to our team. In other MSFT groups, your mileage may vary.
  • Interview process overview - ...



In this episode Jim and Mark discuss interviewing for a tester (aka SDET) position at Microsoft. What's it like, what questions might be asked and what are we looking for? Join them as they discuss all of this and more in this week's episode of Coding QA.

What's New?

Interviewing for an SDET Position at Microsoft

  • Caveat - These details are related to our team. In other MSFT groups, your mileage may vary.
  • Interview process overview - technical screens and then the formal loop.
  • What's a technical screen?
  • What skills are assessed?
    • Coding skills
      • Why focus on coding skills for a tester?
      • Pay attention to hints and prove you're listening.

    • Testing skills
      • How are testing skills assessed?
      • Concrete and abstract testing questions.
      • Where's the creativity?
      • No professional testing background? No problem.
      • Different questions for different levels of SDET positions.
      • Test creativity is critical; day-to-day work can crush it.
      • Be an advocate for the customer.

  • We want candidates to be comfortable during the technical screen.
  • Homework based interviewing
    • Set of questions you work on at your convenience.
    • Time boxed.
    • Homework answers will be discussed in person; no cheating!
    • No late homework.
    • Practice, practice, practice
    • Formal interview loop will be a very different format.

  • Should you prepare for the screen or interview?
    • Yes, but to what degree?

  • Resume inflation - argh?!