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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 related questions?

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Well, the important thing in the question is to be sure you understand the world beyond your nose. Of course you're not directly impacted by the SDLC, but still, 80% of the shop around you will be. In other words, the recruiter asks the question to ensure you are able to get out of your role, and see things as a whole.

That's important for your career to be able to know things beyond your own role. It helps a lot in senior roles, and sometimes even in junior ones, when suddenly you have to cooperate with the team nearby(be it product development, specs writing, commercial, whatever...).

Not only you have to answer the question(as excellently explained by Niels), but you have to appreciate a company that tries not to lock you into a closed role - and therefore give you more cards to play for the next move in your career path.

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Of-course you should a try to answer all questions in a job interview and if you don't know you can answer that you don't know, much better then making up bullshit. It might be good to openly question how this question relates to the job offering if you think its outside of the scope of the actual job.

In this case with SDLC I would expect all team members in a software development team to have a basic understanding of software development lifecycles and what their part in it is. Thus I think this is a perfectly valid question to ask an automated tester.

With answering any question you could try steer towards something else like the STLC and explain how this more important for you as an automated tester.

  • by looking at your context "in this case with SDLC I would expect all team members in a software development team to have a basic understanding of a software development lifecycles and what their part in it is." but i am a software tester, we dont do unit, integration, system testing we are being part of only functional, non functional and ui testing. when product is developed . – sameer joshi Dec 10 '15 at 9:12
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    Just because you do not do the work does not mean you should not understand what it is at a basic level. Also I am also a software tester and I DO write unit-tests and integration/service tests. In an Agile team I even expect everyone to be able to everything of the SDLC even if its not their primary role, team members should be cross-functional. – Niels van Reijmersdal Dec 10 '15 at 9:18
  • Thank you, i thought if we dont do why we should learnsorry you are right. – sameer joshi Dec 10 '15 at 9:21

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