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.
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.
Recently I am observing a rise of API Testing in the Job descriptions. I once did Web Services testing using SOAP UI testing tool, i.e. verifying the XML request-response. Thought it would be a good time to refresh the concepts. Anyways it was on my list since I started STS. When we look at the Software Testing trends, API testing is rising in priority & relevance. Let’s deep dive into the world of API Testing…
“How comfortable are you designing an Automation Framework from scratch?” – The very first interview question for a QA/Testing job opportunity now-a-days. What should I say? I am really good at Functional Testing? Nah! There is no space for manual testers. You HAVE TO start learning Automation. And it’s not just about Automation scripting, interviews are more driven towards programming & building an automation framework. So here I am penning down my answers to all those automation interviews in a series of Automation Framework focused blogs. It’s high time, really!
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.
In an agile business, automation is becoming an essential process. Companies are now taking advantage of automation testing tools to increase their efficiency and productivity. Automation is frequently evangelized as the cure-all of software quality woes. Some of the benefits that accrue from automated tests include test reusability, repeatability and coverage besides the savings on effort, time and cost it takes for execution (compared to manual testing). However it’s NOT the answer for everything. Test automation, while being able to improve numerous aspects of software development, has limitations that developers and quality assurance teams should be aware of from the start. Understanding these limitations of automation testing will help us devise an efficient & effective automation strategy.
Automation testing is a concept that is heavily marketed today. There has been a real convergence of tools and approaches in automation in recent years. It’s increasingly considered as integral to project delivery, rather than something that exists to cover business-as-usual regression testing after project completion. Faster releases, increased test coverage, frequent test execution, faster feedback to development team, just to name a few are being counted as some of the Test automation benefits. Automation is being portrayed as the silver-bullet in testing technology. But everything is not so ideal. Not every organization (or client) is reaping the actual benefits of Test automation. Certain Automation testing myths must be addressed in order to correctly apply it in the most effective & efficient manner. In this article we shall examine some of the most common automation testing myths and how these prevent organizations from succeeding in Test automation.
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 series, let’s see some more interesting FAQs about,
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Nothing in this world comes for free, except the trial version. Though UFT is commercial, it does not stop us from Learning the basics of automation.