10 Software Testing Interview Questions You Haven’t Heard Before
If you're looking for a QA job and doing some job preparation, here is an article with 10 interview questions to get you ready to secure the job.
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Hiring top-notch talent is critical to building out a reliable software testing program. With so few quality candidates relative to the number of people hiring, the recruitment process is accelerating and becoming more competitive than ever.
There is no doubt: having go-to software testing interview questions is critical to assessing candidates for fit. While technical skills are essential to success in the role, it is more often non-technical issues (like communication, culture, career development, etc.) which lead to failed hires.
We focused our software testing interview questions on the soft skills which are often overlooked in interviews. Pair these up with a set of demanding technical interview questions, and you will be sure your candidates have been assessed from all angles!
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1. What app that you use frequently do you believe has the best/worst quality? What makes you think that?
- Why this is a good question: Tests their creativity, and gives you a sense of what they see as “quality.”
- What to look for in a response: The more detail, the better. You want a tester who can easily communicate what they see in the app and makes astute observations. Also, make sure that their definition of quality aligns to what you are looking for in your own apps under test.
2. In your past role, what was the most valuable test that you created and executed? How did you measure that value?
- Why this is a good question: Determines what they value in their tests, and what drives them to do a better job.
- What to look for in a response: A desire for constant improvement, and a history in creating precise, robust tests that expose new defects rather than focusing solely on the # of tests generated.
3. Tell me about a conflict you had with a teammate in your past role. Why did it arise? How was it resolved? If you could do it again, would you handle it the same way or differently?
- Why this is a good question: Identify any interpersonal issues a candidate may have.
- What to look for in a response: A candidate that is constantly in conflict can be just as much trouble as one that is always avoiding it. Make sure that the candidate is balanced and has learned from past conflicts in how to deal with future ones.
4. What did you do to prepare for today’s interview?
- Why this is a good question: Demonstrates the candidate's main learning style.
- What to look for in a response: Make sure that adequate preparation was done, but most importantly, pay attention to how they went about learning that information. You want this learning style to match up with those of your most successful testers (specific to your organization).
5. What does it mean to you to be a tester? How do you explain your role to family and friends?
- Why this is a good question: Indicates the pride that they have in their job, and their desire to continue working in the field long term.
- What to look for in a response: Watch out for any inconsistencies in their response vs. the stated job responsibilities in the job opening. One common trait for testers is to want to transition to application development, make sure any desires they have for this transition align to your plans.
6. Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years? What do you need to achieve to get to the next level?
- Why this is a good question: Highlights their career ambitions.
- What to look for in a response: Some level of career development is expected to retain any employee, so don’t count a desire to move up into management or lead roles as a red flag. However, you want to be sure they have a fair and accurate view of their strengths and weaknesses and the development needed to get to the next level.
7. What is one game-changing trend in testing which you missed/were late to adopt? What is the next testing trend we need to be focused on?
- Why this is a good question: Exhibits self-awareness and growth from previous learnings.
- What to look for in a response: Feel out their sense to adapt to changing market conditions and update their tactics to match what other great companies are doing.
8. What advice would you offer to someone just starting in testing? Why would you recommend that?
- Why this is a good question: Reveals their ability to transition into a lead or management role where they are developing other candidates.
- What to look for in a response: Self-awareness, and learning from coworkers and past roles.
9. What was the best/worst company you worked for? Why made it so great/terrible?
Why this is a good question: explains the company culture that is the most aligned to their personal preferences.
What to look for in a response: solid alignment between your company environment and the best company they worked for. When discussing the worst company the candidate worked for, make sure their reasoning is solid and that they weren’t the actual issue at hand.
10. What do you like to do outside of work?
- Why this is a good question: Suggests their expectations around work-life balance.
- What to look for in a response: Proper understanding of what their after-work schedule would look like. Misaligned expectations will lead to frustration and rapid burnout.
We hope these software testing interview questions come in handy as you continue to hire the best testers to build out your team. Comment below to let us know which questions you like the best, and which interview questions we might have forgotten!
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