Some organizations recruit for Automation and then assign manual functional tests. Some candidates fake Automation to clear the interview, and then learn. What matters is – ‘getting things done’.
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.
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?
Yeah! A thought that crosses every tester’s mind who is searching for a better QA opportunity. Why am I not getting selected? Simple! Because you were not the best fit. Best fit in terms of technology, experience, salary, attitude, skills, behavior, etc. Only QA knowledge is not enough to land you a job. Yes, companies look for the ‘Best Fit’ among the available candidates. Some look for tech-savvy candidates, other focus more on the learning attitude. Every company has its own set of guidelines – what we call as company culture. With this article, I try to elaborate on some of the perspectives around Software Testing interview. It has helped me, and I hope this helps fellow testers as well in their quest for the next dream job.
There are lot of people who have Manual testing experience. When there is a walk-in interview you could see thousands of people with more experience than you have. So you have to differentiate yourself from others by adding extra skills to your resume. In a world where the consumer expects fast-paced delivery, and solutions must support a myriad of devices and platforms, manual testing simply doesn’t enable the delivery pace that the market expects. The rise of automated testing in response to this has been rapid. Are you attempting a switch from Manual Testing to Test Automation? This transition won’t come overnight. It takes months/years to lay the groundwork.
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.
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?
From the time I am blogging, it makes sense to me to pen down my sudden thoughts. Many a times you come up with an idea, memory, solution, problem, anything and it is lost since we don’t remember it in future. That’s when I started writing my sudden thoughts about Software Testing and guess what, the ‘Sudden Thoughts of a Software Tester’ is getting a lot of traction on my Social profiles. So thought of sharing it with you all. Here we go…
There is no such statement as ‘I am now prepared for the interview‘. When facing a Testing interview no matter how many interview questions and answers you have gone through – there is always more to read Continuing on our Interview questions series, let’s see some more interesting FAQs related to Domain, Software requirements, Agile Kanban, Career in Testing, SMAC Testing, Automation and Selenium Webdriver.
I have a strong functional test experience but no automation. I ‘know’ automation testing but don’t have the project experience. I am a Test lead but didn’t write any automation scripts. Analytical & logical but never did project coding. Found in-numerous bugs but didn’t prepare automation reports. Managed a big team but didn’t learn performance testing. Documented every report but didn’t produce framework guides. Enjoyed exploratory tests but didn’t script pre-defined test cases. Helped BAs and even developers (in debugging) but never developed automation framework. Understood domain & application flows but didn’t write code. Open to learning but no opportunity. Self-learned programming & tools, but didn’t get practical project experience. Passionate about Software testing but now it’s Software Developer in Test.
Steve Jobs. J.K. Rowling. Walt Disney. Oprah. What do all these famous people have in common? They’ve all been fired. If you’re currently staring at your own pink slip – or anticipating one in the near future – you can take a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that you’re in illustrious company. In today’s tough economic times it’s inevitable that the season of joy and mirth brings news like this. Whatever the reason, getting fired sucks, big time. It can be one of life’s most stressful experiences, your feelings of self-worth and self-esteem are dealt a blow. The first reactions to getting fired are usually anger and pain, followed by feelings of confusion and disillusionment. It’s like getting dumped in a relationship, except you lose your paycheck too. However the good news is that losing a job is not the end of the world and with the right approach and perspective you could turn something bad into something positive. And that means taking a deep breath, getting yourself together, and looking at your situation.