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Is the “Joel Test” appropriate when looking for a QA job?

The "Joel Test" lists 12 items to look for in a software company: Do you use source control? Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily builds? Do you have a bug database? Do you fix bugs ...
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How should you interview for QA positions?

Joel has his "The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing (version 3.0)", but that's really for programmers. How should you go about interviewing testers? We ask programmers to program on a whiteboard; how ...
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How do you prepare yourself for a testing position?

I'm a developer. Right now we don't have much in my firm in the way of testers. Whether I do it here, or go to a different firm, I'm very interested in becoming a full time tester. How would I prepare ...
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How does a tester's perspective toward software differ from a developer's?

Just as there are developers who are orders of magnitude more productive and creative than other developers, so are there testers who are similarly outstanding. We all have our opinions about what ...
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Should we reject QA candidates based on basic reasoning and math tests?

Short version: When hiring experienced QA people, do you want someone who has good technical skills, or do you want someone who has good aptitude skills? My boss says that if the guy can't solve ...
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What benefit does having developer experience or background have on the effectiveness of a tester?

One thing that I've benefited from in my testing career is that I do have some knowledge of software development coding methods and concepts. While I probably could not code my way out of a paper bag ...
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Is it realistic to try to hire someone who is a developer and a tester?

I've been trying to hire a tester for a few months without success. I really want to find someone who is both a tester and a developer, not because I want them to do two roles, but because the kind of ...
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How can I transition into getting into QA?

I've been working in various helpdesk/software support positions for several years now, but my goal has always been to work in the field of QA. I enjoy problem solving and I'm always trying to learn ...
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Should I take interview of manual tester who has more experience than me

I am in a critical situation. I have nearly 4 years of experience in QA doing manual and automation testing. We have a total of 4 testers where I work. I am now the most experienced QA in our ...
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Resume and job seeking advice - career change from Development to Testing

I am a former senior software developer who is looking to get into testing, and I would like some advice on how to structure my resume, as well as any general tips on how best to look for work and ...
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What should you look for in a testing manager?

In some organizations, individual contributors have the opportunity to interview their prospective manager. What should testers look for in a testing manager?
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How Does System Testing Differ From System Integration Testing (SIT)?

I was asked this question during an interview. My thoughts are SIT is performed on a complete systems and System Testing can be done on a single module as well.
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Will coding experience from automated testing translate well for software development? [closed]

I have a couple of years of experience in software testing, however I find myself more interested in working on the application code itself. I've become reasonably proficient in coding over this ...
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How should you interview for QA Automation positions?

A variant on the How should you interview for QA positions? I am interviewing candidates for an Automation position, we don't use commercial automation tools, but rather use a framework using mainly ...
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What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?

Both in my current job and in my previous job, there are a number of areas of the application to test that require mining data from a relational database, specifically Microsoft SQL Server of various ...
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How to test a toaster? (interview question)

I want to know how we should approach for testing real world objects. The problem that I faced before is to get the list of use cases from the interviewer. Whenever I asked what the real world object ...
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How do people express their ability to test software?

Software developers are usually able to build up portfolios of projects they may have worked on and prospective employers might carry out programming tests to determine the level of their abilities. ...
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What are the advanced tools/technologies used in Automation testing? [closed]

This is the very interesting question asked to me in 2nd technical round of interview. I have told him about advanced automation tools like- Selenium, Appium, Selendroid, Sikuli. Is there any other ...
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What skills technical testers candidates are missing?

I'm trying on understand what are the common skills and knowledge that candidates for technical testers are missing and thus failing at job interviews. The reason I ask those questions stems from the ...
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Software Testing as a career path? Becoming a test architect

I am working as a software tester, basically black box using both manual and automation testing approaches. Looking down the lane, I see several career paths ahead of me, but definitely not manual ...
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Could I get a job by sending a list of bugs found in products of potential employer?

DISCLAIMER: I could not resist not to ask this question, although I know there is no single, objective answer. Please, delete it or turn it into community wiki. As a potential employer, how would you ...
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What are the test cases or test scenarios for palindrome

In the interview, the employer asked me to write test cases or test scenarios to check the Palindrome of the word. I said one with positive test case and another with negative test cases. But employer ...
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As a tester should I answer questions about general SDLC in job interview

I had an interview a day ago, the interviewer asked me about phases of SDLC. I have answered the question, now my question is: We as automation testers deal with STLC, is it necessary to answer SDLC ...
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How to test search engine results?

I had an interview question: You were told that a search engine result by target query does not satisfy a requirement by its position. How would you test it? How would you test it? I had some ...
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Learning myself or getting certified?

I explored these tools Selenium web-driver, Appium by myself (current company supports me to learn) with help of StackOverflow (you guys) and with my effort. But my question is - is it good ...
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How to handle client if you found a high severity defect on release date?

Suppose the product/application has to deliver to client at 5.00PM, at that time you or your team member caught a high Severity defect at 3PM. (Remember defect is high severity), but the client is ...
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Testing a tester with example projects

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 ...
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How to minimize the browser window which was launched via Selenium Webdriver?

How can I minimize the browser window which has been launched via Selenium Webdriver? I see that there is a method to maximize (documentation), but I cannot find the converse for minimize. I have ...
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How do you perform API Testing? I had an interview question

I had an interview and they asked me how you will perform API testing? What should be my perfect answer? I explained what ever I have experienced with API testing but I felt that they were not ...
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How to interview a QA Manager or Director?

I'm a fresh out of school software engineer, and have been asked to interview potential qa managers and directors. Since they're management level, what sort of questions should I ask them? Company ...
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Switching into testing from development

I am working as associate developer and I have 1 year of experience. But I really wish to switch into testing, as I have completed Manual Testing and QTP course, and because I have less knowledge in ...
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What type of questions should be asked if I am taking an interview of QA / Testing Lead

I have to take an interview of a QA Lead. Can anybody give me suggestion as to what kind of questions that will be asked apart from regular testing definitions and general questions like how to handle ...
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Need guidance on how to prepare for an SQA interview

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I am scheduled for a technical interview with a company next Wednesday, they provide an electronic payment system for healthcare providers, healthcare clients,...
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Design a Test Automation Framework for A Given 'XYZ' System?

I have been interviewing for a "Test Automation Lead" position and in the last two companies I was asked to design a test framework for a given system during the interview. I didn't quite pull it off ...
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Positive and negative test cases for login page

One of the interviewer asked the below question: Tell me the best positive and negative test cases for Login page. Can anyone provide me with the best answer?
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Is this a good test for a selenium developer?

My boss has given me the assignment of interviewing one of the new automation engineers. The only task left is the technical one, and I have been thinking about a good test that I could give him. I ...
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Software Tester Job Interview: Case studies on Test Design

Case Studies during job interview is a great technique which allows to find out how the candidate would behave in different situation. For instance, the following case: Given a developer ...
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Test methodologies applicable for web based and not for desktop

Today I was in an interview and they asked these questions: What test methodologies are applicable for web-based software but not for desktop? Can Severity or Priority change during bug life cycle?
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What's “Offline” in SDLC and when/why do we use test automation?

I was asked these questions during a job interview question. I totally stumbled on # 1 and for # 2 even though I answered but not a very convincing way. I would appreciate a concise and well phrased ...
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Confuse about internet banking testing

I just read one question related to ISTQB from papers which are available in market : Q - What type of testing will you perform on internet banking solution? Options : A. System integration B. ...
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Who are the industry leaders in the QA/Test space? [closed]

I've googled the question and come up with lists published by various companies but they always seem focused on those who are the most prevalent speakers, presenters or bloggers. Should I just assume ...
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What should QA ask developers they are interviewing?

I'm doing QA for a small dev team and we are interviewing some candidates for an open position. I've been asked to be part of the interview process. Anyone have ideas for the kinds of questions QA ...
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How do you write an email to a client, if you found bugs on software release date?

I have been asked the following question during an interview: Today is the release date and you have found some bugs. Being a Senior SQA Engineer, how would you write an email to a client about this ...
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Types of testing can be done on a first build

Today I attended an interview. These are the questions which I thought I needed more clarification. 1.What are the types of testing that can be conducted on first build which was released in first ...
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Interview questions

I've been given the task of coming up with a tehnical test/interview questions for a tester position within our company. We've never had a dedicated tester before so I have no idea what to ask! All ...
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What is a good automated tester interview technical test scenario?

We have a role which requires an automated tester. Mainly this will take the form of writing automating tests using Selenium Webdriver written in Java. I am trying to develop a technical test ...
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As a tester, what is the difference between a website developed in different technologies say, java vs php or java vs .net websites? How to test it?

Here is a link which I came across while looking for answers how to develop your website But here, only technologies have been mentioned. How could you discern between different technologies when ...
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automation for financial applications

I am going to attend an interview for calypso. They have a requirement for an automation engineer, and I want to know what kind of questions are expected. They haven't told me what tools they are ...
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Scenario based Tester interview

I have an interview coming up soon a software engineer in test role, I've worked as a dev/support/QA and though technically skilled, I've had little chance to code in my current role, only outside ...