Microsoft Interview Questions

It's quite interesting how suprised people were here when I was talking to them at the engineering career fair.  Apperantly everyone was under the impression that there would be brain teasers, tough mathematical questions, or tons of questions on linked lists.  The idea that I might just talk to them in depth on one of their projects or other work in the past caught quite a few off guard.  Oh well, no matter.  It was still great to get honest and interesting conversations even though my throat was sore after two days of it.   I hope i'll be able to do this again next year!


Edit: Apperantly google interview questions involve puzzles and brainteasers and whatnot, so i'm not suprised that people would think that this was a common interviewing technique.

Comments (10)
  1. Radu Grigore says:

    Google is the problem: type "microsoft interview questions" (with quotes) and hit "i’m feeling lucky" button.

  2. Di says:

    So I totally missed the big hangout in NJ… silly grad school classes. Seriously, I wonder sometimes what I think I’m trying to prove by doing a not-even-hard-core-CS "Information Science" degree.

    Anyways, I’ll just have to save up all the lovin’ I had for you– until the next time we meet! ::mwah:: ::hug:: ::lick:: <– waiddaminute….



  3. Heath says:

    At a career fair a couple years back I was asked questions about linked-lists and the like, and at my interview here I was quized on all sorts of programming scenario (though that’s understandable in the final interviews).

    It’s good to see someone who asks questions of developers personal lives’. I did the same thing while at my previous job as the software architect (I won’t mention my actual title because people seem to associate it with "technically stupid" or PHB).

    I found it better to ask potential hires about their personal project design and development. Under management most programmers can do what they’re told, but it’s finding that they’re personal interests are in development and how well they design and manage they’re projects. Anyone can program, but it takes a real interest in development to be good, IMO.

  4. Radu Grigore says:

    Why not both? Let the discussion be guided by the candidate’s experience and when something he says reminds you of an interesting problem, ask.

  5. Joe Duffy says:

    Blegh… No wonder everyone’s going to Google. 😉 People _like_ that kind of atmosphere… super competetive, challenging, … Maybe I’m nuts.

  6. I don’t see how any of those questions are competitive or challenging Joe. But maybe that’s just me.

  7. Ben Donley says:

    I hate to pester you with my VS .NET questions just because I know you’d know, but… here I am doing it anyway.

    Remember that Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer that you always used to carry around to the various computer labs at Penn? I have one too. I love that thing. I’m about to go binding all the keys to different things I find useful via either VSMouseBindings or the Microsoft IntelliPoint software, but… I can’t tell what the defaults are.

    I can tell the right-side and left-side mouse buttons are doing *something*, but I can’t figure out what exactly. Sometimes it seems like the right-side button is for calling up intellisense, which is cool, but sometimes it seems like it’s doing window navigation. Is there rhyme or reason to this? I can’t figure out what to google on, and I certainly can’t find it in the VS.NET help system. (I’m talking about VS.NET 2003 w/C# here.)

    Any clues? I don’t want to customize it if y’all had a better idea how to use those buttons than I did anyway. If you see what I mean.

  8. Ben Donley says:

    Duh. It’s alt-left & alt-right.

    That’s been plaguing me for weeks.

    I feel silly.

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