Recently had the pleasure of going through a round of interviews for a Software Engineer role at Microsoft, I was not selected.  Found a few weaknesses, I have all the experience in the world, demonstrating all of that experience in an multi-hour interview is the key.  

Two things I overlooked in my preparation, I was more concerned about inadequate dev experience.  I have worked on and off as a range of developer and admin roles and as such I assumed that experience would come through.  So the basics in a cloud world this should not be excluded. 

I was asked questions around the following: 

  1.   Basic Networking:  CIDR notation, Subnetting, DNS
  2.   Development focused on Trees, binary and otherwise traversing these structures all on a whiteboard  

The basics of networking, is somehting if you have not done in a long time and don't do on a daily basis, I was reaching back 10+ years for my knowledge on networking.  Definitely next time around I will certainly give this stuff a review.  

Communicating effectively and portraying confidence in your ability to find a solution, is where I give myself the biggest dings.  When I was going through the interview as daunting as it was I lost focus, and felt a little lost at the whiteboard. 

This is going to be a series of posts on these topics.  

Starting with the basic networking, then onto dev and communicating on a whiteboard


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