Recently I am getting messages with the core problem ‘Getting stuck in my Career’. No Interview calls. Only Automation. Tool-focused interviews. No practical tool experience. Especially from the 5-8+ experience bracket. Yeah! I know, continuous rejection is frustrating. I have been there. But nothing can be done about it. Accept the fact that industry has transitioned faster than your skills. We are awesome Functional testers. Superb Agile professionals. Good Domain knowledge. Effective Team managers. But…
What is the ideal time for your first Job switch? Some say 2 Years, others say 3 Years. Is there really an ‘Ideal Time’? First 2-3 years are the most important years from ‘learning’ perspective. That’s when we become ‘Professional’ from a ‘Student’. The comparison is inevitable once you touch 5+ years in your first organization and someone who change at 3 years.
Automation is everywhere. Automation experts are in high demand. Nah! Not in high demand, ONLY Automation Engineers are in demand. All job descriptions mention a set of automation tools and frameworks. Interviews revolve around Java, Python, C#, Selenium, UFT, Appium, Frameworks, Algorithms, and what not. Literally ‘Everybody’ is looking for an Automation engineer.
I assume ‘every’ fellow Tester in my network have experienced this situation at least once in his/her career. One of the most common Testing situation – How do you handle timeline crunch? Since Testing is the last step before client demo, the Test team has to make-up for the delays encountered till the build is deployed in Test environment. Now how do you handle crunch timelines without impacting the quality?
Communication is important. “Excellent Communication Skills – a must” is always one of the Job descriptions. If not explicitly written, it is implicitly understood. One of the most important qualities recruiters look for in candidates is their ability to communicate clearly. You might be technically good, but you don’t work in silos. People work & achieve as a team. Communication is not just about the language but putting across your ideas in a simple manner, clear in understanding.
Some say serving notice is just like your ‘honeymoon period’. Is it because you are leaving the firm and no more accountable? Or why put efforts for something you know is soon going to end? Coming late – Going early becomes normal? Why?
Many a times we face these kind of one-off bugs 🙁 which peep-out and then hide somewhere. “It was a one-off bug and now not reproducible – so what can I do?” Wrong! Though one-off but still it is present somewhere in the software and as a Tester it is our responsibility to investigate it. How?
Current competencies are important, but we need to have a long-term vision. It’s important to be aware of the IT industry trends. The industry will change. Choice is yours – up-skill now (relatively easy) OR up-skill when you get stuck (it’s hard, believe me).
Interview is the most important part of the employment process. It can make or break an opportunity. When it comes to Software Testing, almost all organizations are now looking for Automation engineers, SDETs, Selenium experts, Automation architects and what not. Since Manual testers are finding it tough to land a high-paying job switch, many have started learning the basics of Selenium automation (Yeah! Selenium is one of the most popular automation tool now-a-days). But interviewers demand practical experience. And interview questions reflect that view – starting from basic theoretical knowledge, slowly the interview will move towards – Explain Test Automation framework for your current project.
While writing this article, I am worried & concerned. Not about this article, nah! But about the future of Software Testing and Software Testers in particular. Recently during an interview drive, I came across a bunch of (yes, maximum of them) so-called Software testers who don’t even know the basics of Software Testing. Leave alone the required practical experience. It felt sad that testers don’t even know the basic QA terminologies, didn’t understand its importance, take it too lightly as a career, are not willing to learn, etc. At one end industry is moving towards Automated QA and on the other hand here we are with a bunch of novice testers for whom even the foundations are shaky.
Knowledge about fundamental Testing concepts is necessary to crack an interview. But now-a-days only knowledge is not enough. Interviews are not just about the theory anymore. Every interviewer is looking for candidates who have practical exposure to different kind of situations and is able to handle them effectively. Most of the companies will have it as one of their selection criteria. And yes, it doesn’t depend on the technology. For every technology there will be situations that an experienced professional knows how to tackle. In this article, we will look at some of the situational FAQ commonly asked in a testing interview. But we will need your help here. It is just a beginning, please comment any situational question that you might have faced in a recent or any past interview. This would help us to collate an informative list for the Testing community.
Too much work, every day we stay late in office. Oh it just skipped my mind, sorry. Let’s discuss it tomorrow. His/her mail is always ambiguous, let’s discuss on call directly. They are discussing about the technical design, we (testers) need not attend. Hey developer – have mailed you the bug, please investigate. These are some of the common dialogues in our everyday IT life. Ever thought of changing something? Nah? Yes? Every one of us notices something errant but then forget about it the next moment. But we say – Small changes can make a big difference to your career.
Recently our article “Manual Testing Is NOT Dead, But Manual Testers Are!” got major traction on social channels and triggered a debate in the Testing community. Some say “I have been doing Manual Testing since a decade now, and I am alive” while others approve of the title. Whatever be the debate (or discussion), Manual testers are finding it really tough to cut through the current jobs market. Want a proof? Try an experiment by analyzing the humongous response to a job opportunity posted for Manual Testers with 3-8 years of experience. How to move forward in Software Testing career?
James Bach. What comes to your mind when you hear the name? Disruptive & Controversial Tester. Founding member of the Context-Driven School of Software Testing. Creator of Rapid Software Testing™, Session-Based Test Management, and one of the progenitors and advocates of skilled exploratory software testing. The original buccaneer Tester. His thoughts are revolutionary & an inspiration to both entry-level & experienced testers. He is straight-forward & fearless in advancing the Software Testing technology. James Bach is synonymous with testing, and has been disrupting the industry and influencing and mentoring testers since he got his start in testing over 30 years ago.