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Is asking about “The most interesting bug in your career” a good interview question?

We've been interviewing for quite some time and I've been asking candidates: What is the most interesting bug you've found in your career? Either the most interesting, or the one they are proud of ...
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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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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 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 ...
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How does a tester's perspective towards 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 if the software is so buggy it can't really be tested at all?

I know the best bet in this situation is for the testers to go through the process of reporting blocking-type problems initially show up, with the focus being on critical bugs. Since, this type of ...
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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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While hiring can I ask a QA candidate to find bugs on this game as an interview homework

While interviewing a QA candidate, we showed him our company's game from the Google Play Store. We asked him to play a bit and tell what the game is about. The game is simple enough, and we expect ...
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How can I transition into QA and what software tools should I learn?

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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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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Why are automation testers interviewed the same way as developers?

A junior automation developer I work with who has around two years of experience interviewed for a QA position. He was asked to write some basic programs for whiteboard exercises like checking if a ...
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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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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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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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How do you test a backend API?

I was applying for QA position and the SDET asked me this question: How do you test a backend API? In the interview. I wasn't sure I answered it correctly. Just wondering if I can get some input ...
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Pair-testing with a candidate during an interview

Would it be a good idea to have an interview in a format of a paired exploratory testing session with a candidate on a manual/automated testing position? A thing under test might be an internal web ...
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When can a QA tester start their job?

According to SDLC Process, testing by QA testers only stars at 'Testing' phase. Is that saying before 'Testing' phase, QA testers have no work to do. When can a tester actually start his/her job ? ...
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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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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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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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What type of tests you should do first?

I had this question in a job interview: Imagine that you have got a new application. You have never seen it before, it is absolutely new. What types of testing will you do first? As far as I ...
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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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What can be done if requirements are changing continuously in Agile?

If requirements are likely to change frequently during development. Although a complete change in requirement is possible, most of the time, it is the technical details that are subject to change. e.g....
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How to answer interview question “You find a major bug, but no developers are present. What do you do?"

At my last job interview, I was asked: You find a major bug, but no developers are present. The release deadline is today. What do you do? It's not a difficult question, but it can be answered in ...
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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 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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What should senior QA know to transition to a Test Manager position?

I am looking to transition to a test manager role and I'm up for an interview. Been doing test automation for more than 2 years, being QA lead at a startup where I initiated and executed QA process, ...
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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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Testing Real World Objects - Interview

I have a Junior QA interview coming up, and I was asked to learn the basics of Selenium. I have done this through free tutorials. I am fine with the Selenium concepts, but I was told I would be asked ...
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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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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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User Story vs Test Scenario

I still do not fully understand the difference between a User Story and a Test Scenario. How are the two different?
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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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Giving test estimation for unknown application

I have come across different estimation techniques like Delphi, WBS, 3 point estimation etc. These techniques work only when you know about the application(website). Let's suppose I have to give ...
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How to handle client if you found a high severity defect on the release date?

Suppose the product/application has to deliver to the client at 5.00 P.M, at that time you or your team member caught a high Severity defect at 3.00 P.M (Remember the defect is high severity), but the ...
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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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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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Detecting observation skills during an interview

In our company, we think that some of the key skills for a tester are the attention to detail and observation skills, these are some of the major things we are looking for in the interviews. What ...
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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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What is difference between Test Design & Test Architecture?

Could anyone explain the difference between Test Design and Test Architecture? More specifically; if you tell someone to present Test Design - what would you expect them to present? Same goes for ...
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What if the application has functionality that wasn't in the requirements?

It may take serious effort to determine if an application has significant unexpected or hidden functionality, and it would indicate deeper problems in the software development process. If the ...
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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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Learning myself or getting certified?

I explored following 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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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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On what metrics are the debugging skills of an interview candidate assessed?

In one of my recent interviews, they were assessing the debugging skills of a candidate with this question: When you upload a picture in Facebook, it fails. But it works in your friend's system. ...
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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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What to do when defect is found in production but not during the QA phase?

In one of my interviews, I was asked this question What to do when defect is found in production but not during the QA phase? I answered it this way: Check for impact on the system. And if is of ...
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What can a candidate tester do to blow up an interview?

We are going to have a couple of interviews coming up soon for a position in our QA department. The position requires quite a lot of manual testing and a bit of test automation which is going to grow. ...