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

I would push back hard on this question. An interview question is a machine designed to extract a signal from a candidate. Let's examine the parts of this machine. "The most" has already been ...
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While hiring can I ask a QA candidate to find bugs on this game as an interview homework

This may be culture-specific, but from my point of view, you’re asking for someone to work for free. The interview should be the interview; you don’t ask someone to do more work after the interview. ...
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Interview question on doing a production release with a bug

as a QA responsible person should I reject the release or send the release to marketing team with known bug Neither one. You should let all people involved know that there is such and such bug. You ...
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While hiring can I ask a QA candidate to find bugs on this game as an interview homework

IMO, your interview process shows that your company doesn't really understand QA to begin with. QA has specific goals. It isn't "sit here with our software for x hours and figure things out". It ...
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What if the software is so buggy it can't really be tested at all?

Continue testing in this situation would be counter-productive and may lead to a "deadlock" - when the reported issues would depend on each other recursively. make sure the management is aware of the ...
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While hiring can I ask a QA candidate to find bugs on this game as an interview homework

You know, the funny thing is, this almost became a good interview tool. If I walked in to a QA interview, and the interviewer said, "By the way, when you're done, we'd like you to bug-hunt our ...
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Why are automation testers interviewed the same way as developers?

I have had about 4 QA automation jobs, about 10 interviews, and was on the other side of the interview table about 10 times. QA Automation involves writing automated testing projects. These are ...
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Is asking about "The most interesting bug in your career" a good interview question?

To be honest, I wouldn't be able to come up with any defect in particular. If I were you, I'd rephrase my questions as situations, for example: What actions would you take if you had to reopen a ...
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How to test a toaster? (interview question)

If I was being interviewed and was asked this question, first of all I would start off by trying to quench my curiosity. How much time do I have? What type of a toaster is it? How much power limit ...
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Should I take interview of manual tester who has more experience than me

Don't be afraid, finding someone more senior than you is fun, your finding a teammate you can learn from. Do understand X+ years does not mean more senior, experience is something that does not ...
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How to handle client if you found a high severity defect on the release date?

This is a simple, if uncomfortable, situation to be in. Unfortunately, it does happen from time to time and you need to be ready for it. The fact that the defect has been found close to the deadline ...
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Is asking about "The most interesting bug in your career" a good interview question?

I am terrible at recalling names, places, restaurants, and... bugs I have investigated. I usually ask my girlfriend or my friend to give me a name of a place we have been together or an actress in a ...
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When can a QA tester start their job?

Answering your particular question "Is it possible?" I would say "Yes, it is.". There are many aspects that could impact how active QA could be involved on the prior phases. For example: Is that an ...
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What can be done if requirements are changing continuously in Agile?

From my experience - Faster feedback and more testing (in the form of automated tests ideally). If behaviour doesn't change but code is refactored often, then behaviour of system should be covered by ...
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Interview question on doing a production release with a bug

It depends, mainly on the risks. I might consider creating a taskforce to decide the go-no-go situation. Some example risks: Technical risks: Can we restore the issue later? Can the defect destroy ...
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Sr QA Interview Questions

As dzieciou commented, this can vary pretty dramatically. I will give you some ideas about what I look for when interviewing an experienced QA Engineer. One of the most important things I look for -...
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How to handle client if you found a high severity defect on the release date?

Deciding to release with severe bug (and escalate next release with a fix) or postpone release is business decision. It can be done only by someone who understands how customer works. Maybe it is not ...
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What if the software is so buggy it can't really be tested at all?

Ideally, suspend the testing. And it's time to refer the Test Plan document. This is the time when one should look at the Testing suspension and resumption criteria section in the Test Plan document. ...
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Preparation for Interviews

There are many factors that come up when interviewing someone, the main things an interviewer would be looking for would depend on many factors like the role, experience, team size, Job description ...
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Is asking about "The most interesting bug in your career" a good interview question?

I was asked a question like this at my last interview, and it took me a bit of time to think back and come up with a good answer. This was partly due to a dearth of experience - at that time I had ...
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How to answer interview question “You find a major bug, but no developers are present. What do you do?"

As others have said, there is no single correct answer. The interviewers are probably looking to see how you would handle a stress situation with a tight deadline. Risk/Impact - This might be a major ...
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While hiring can I ask a QA candidate to find bugs on this game as an interview homework

And as a homework we have asked to test the game and find critical bugs No. No, no, no. It is not your place to give "homework" from a job interview, least of all "homework" that involves doing ...
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What type of tests you should do first?

Naturally, it depends. What types of testing you will do first? If you will be working with this product for a long time, you probably will want to focus on understanding its functions. The goal ...
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Interview question on doing a production release with a bug

Neither. The correct answer here is to properly inform everyone who has a stake (so the marketing team and the developers who are working on the fix, and probably the QA members who discovered the bug ...
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Positive and negative test cases for login page

Telling the interviewer what is less important than telling them why. They asked for the two best cases - not just a list of cases. This means that you need to explain to them why these cases are "...
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User Story vs Test Scenario

A user story describes a piece of functionality from the perspective of a user. A classic example is: As a registered customer, I need to see a list of my orders so I can manage my purchasing. A ...
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Is asking about "The most interesting bug in your career" a good interview question?

I would say such a question might spotlight how deep the candidate understands the technologies, analyze the root-causes and is able to troubleshoot issues. As per my experience I can remember ...
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While hiring can I ask a QA candidate to find bugs on this game as an interview homework

I think it's a good practice to give some demo Game & ask the tester to find some bugs in the game it helps to figure out these basic qualities of the candidate like. Judgement Capability ...
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What type of tests you should do first?

As mentioned in other comments the first step involved would be to analyze the product and the requirement, once you understand what the product is expected to do and the scope of testing, the process ...
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As a tester should I answer questions about general SDLC in job interview

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 ...
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