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I'm currently going through the stages of hiring a new junior tester into my team.

I would like to give some of the potential candidates who don't necessarily have much of a testing background an online example project, where they can have a click around and send me their observations. I don't really want to give them much in the way of documentation.

I was wondering whether such a thing exists. e.g. a demo site with known issues for a tester to practice with.

And, if you were tasked with trying to spot if an entry level tester had the potential skills and aptitude for testing. How would you go about it?

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Just to add, I was thinking that James Bach's Triangle2000 could be a nice little program for someone to play around with and give you feedback on their observations.

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Can they sit with you on a current project? –  Phil Kirkham May 2 at 13:49
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See also sqa.stackexchange.com/search?q=interview –  user246 May 2 at 14:55
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Be sure to find a handful of sites/applications/examples and randomize them. If you only use one, word may get around and you may find the "aptitude" of your applicants increasing dramatically over time. ;o) –  Jeff_Lucas May 4 at 17:10

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The Parking Calculator that is on Markus Gartner's site is a good way to have someone test something, and if they peruse the site as well for interest good for them. The calculator is a well known example you can find more on as well if you want.

It's hard to do auditions, I recently did one for my position and they gave me materials that I needed to present. I was expected to go over my thought process on how I built up a test plan, wrote my cases and what I expected to cover, and not cover, in them. Then I was given questions during the audition/presentation to get more into how I thought about testing. What I would look for:

  • Some ability to break down issues, do they think about how things/software may break?
  • Are they interested? Is this just a job, or do they have a passion
  • Do they want to learn? It's a junior position so they must want to learn more in the position
  • Have they read a book or blog? Sometimes I ask who someone reads, and either I find someone new or find they don't really do much on their own
  • When presented with a problem do they think critically about it or only deal with the obvious issues? For this, I liked the audition as it showed what I was thinking about and how I broke down the issues and problems

Also see if their personality fits with the team, if you have one. This is someone you will be training and have to work closely with, make sure they mesh well with your environment.

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