How to hire the right candidates for software testing positions?

Do companies really judge candidate’s testing ability in interviews? Do they ask the questions that really judge the candidate’s skill? What questions should be asked to judge the candidate for software testing field? What is the key process to hire good candidates for software testing positions?

Ok, I am asking to many questions without giving answer to any of it. Well, each question mentioned above will require a separate post to address the problem fairly. Here we will address in short about – How to hire the right candidates for software testing positions?

Companies or interviewers, who are not serious about hiring right candidates, often end with hiring poor performers.

What I mean by “Not serious” here?
– They don’t know why and for what post they are hiring a candidate.
– They either fake or fail to post the exact job opening details.
– Or they don’t want to hire skilled performers at all. Hmm, jealousy might be the key here!

Whichever is the reason, there is definitely loss of organization. Loss in terms of both revenue and growth.


If you need answer to these questions, here is an informative video from Pradeep Soundararajan – Consulting tester of Satisfice Inc in India. He explained what is the current situation of software testing interview process in India and how interviewers are wrong in selecting questions to be asked to candidates. A nice start to spread the awareness and importance of software testing interviews.

Current Software Testing Interview situation:


Click on the bottom right button to see the video in full screen.

You can watch his more video’s on software testing here.

Do not forget to comment your experience on software testing interviews, either as an interviewer or as a candidate.

Related article: Choosing software testing as your career.




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60 comments ↓

#1 Veni M

This is a fact in companies where they don’t take software testing itself seriously, whatever is the reason.

When I was interviewed for testing position in my current company there i gave three technical + 1 HR interview and same procedure what they follow for developer hiring.

#2 Renuka

informative video. thanks to vijay and pradeep.

I believe hiring right candidates for software testing positions should be the top priority for any organization and there should not be any compromise in this.

#3 Beena

Hi…..

#4 joe

to many… too many

#5 prasanna raja k

Nice site for knowledge sharing……

Thanks

#6 moke

very nice site

#7 Madhavi

Send me Testing tips

#8 premvinod

if there is any requirement in testing jobs please give reference im also an istqb certified tester.So please tell me if there is any vacancy is there k bye my mail id is
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#9 vijayaganesh

nice answers if there is any requirement please inform to me on this mail-id ajbbgun@gmail.com

#10 Shantanu

I agree with Pradeep for the bad state of testing interviews in SOME companies.

But Pradeep, in video you mentioned somewhere that there are few typical questions interviwers ask to candidates, like what is the difference between smoke and sanity testing. etc.. I think such questions even though asked by thousands of interviewers, are good to know how candidate think on such confusing questions. Even to see if he/she gets confused or able to handle it nicely, forget about the actual answer.
Rest I agree what you say about improving on interview process.

#11 Pradeep Soundararajan

@Shantanu,

But Pradeep, in video you mentioned somewhere that there are few typical questions interviwers ask to candidates, like what is the difference between smoke and sanity testing. etc.. I think such questions even though asked by thousands of interviewers, are good to know how candidate think on such confusing questions.

Every interview has a mission – to check if a candidate suits the opening the organization has.

If the job would demand a candidate to keep answering such questions then it might make sense to ask such questions. There is a limited time that you can interview a candidate and I think it is a good idea to not ask such questions and ask questions that helps in understanding if the candidate fits the role.

Instead of spending time asking questions like “Difference between Sanity and Smoke testing”, an interview would be successful if they ask a candidate to sit in front of a PC in their office premises, show a bug and ask the tester to investigate the bug.

This helps in understanding the kind of experiments that a candidate performs which helps in understanding the “bug investigation skill” of a tester.

#12 Rakesh reddy

Hi every body iam searching job on testing 2+ if u know any openings plz forword to my id. rakeshreddi83@gmail.com

#13 Rakesh reddy

this is very useful site for thet testers..nice posting,,

#14 Pradeep Soundararajan

Job seekers have to be sensible. For instance, posting Hi every body iam searching job on testing 2+ if u know any openings plz forword to my id. rakeshreddi83@gmail.com like this doesn’t get them anywhere and moreover this is not the right place to post it.

If they would have understood that they might have got a job by now.

There is a jobs section in this same website and there is an announcement for fresher recruitment there. Those people who are looking for a job should ideally look for openings there. If they don’t know to find where the job posting is, do you think they would “find” a job?

#15 lakshmi narayanan

Hey, the trend of giving step motherly treatment to QA is no more. It was driven with a whip when customers started putting pressure on deliverability.

#16 Pradeep Soundararajan

@Lakshmi Narayanan,

Hey, the trend of giving step motherly treatment to QA is no more. It was driven with a whip when customers started putting pressure on deliverability.

Do you mean earlier people were not putting a pressure of the quality of releases they were getting from vendors?

Do you mean in all parts of the world QA/Test Engineers
are treated well?

Do you mean all people will be proud to say they are testers, in all parts of the world?

I don’t think all testers have build credibility – among their developers, their management, their customers, their customers’ customers and with other testers.

You may want to go through this: http://www.testrepublic.com/forum/topic/show?id=1178155%3ATopic%3A31602

#17 kishore

They don’t know why and for what post they are hiring a candidate.
– They either fake or fail to post the exact job opening details.
– Or they don’t want to hire skilled performers at all. Hmm, jealousy might be the key here!

I do agree with above statement. Test engineers are not treated well. A kind of step children treatment we get. But I strongly disagree with the fact that it happens in every organisation.
Only small organisation, which does not have proper process running tends treat test engineer like a data entry operator. At one company, statement came as “office boy can perform the job of tester” Only happens where management does not know anything about Testing.
But companies like HCL and all do give proper importance to every job profile.
I attended an interview at HCL weeks back. Though I didn’t succeed but I enjoyed interview process. At the very begining, HR explained about the rounds of interview one has to go through. The technical round were so informative. The interviewer was explaining every terms & concepts like interviewee.
So its not like testers are not treated well everywhere. It depends on the organisation, How mature there process are and how much they know about testing?

Cheers
Kishore

#18 srilaxmi

hi friends i am new to testing so i would like to learn the manual testing any one help me
my mail id srilaxmi2004@gmail.com
thank you

#19 srilaxmi

now i am in US so i don’t have a chance to join in any in-
stute so please help me

#20 Rakesh Reddy

Hi srilakshmi this softwaretestinghelp site is very good for begineers..do u have any doubts ask,,

#21 Anil Reddy

Any Doubts Reqarding QTP … iam Glad to help you all

#22 Rakesh Reddy

hi Anil in qtp project will they use only the cheeck points or the other things??

#23 srilaxmi

hi Anil Reddy please tell me what is tress structure , and bug investigation skills ,what are the scripting languages,and wha t is TSL script.

#24 A Alam

I don’t get any response to my questions???

#25 A Alam

I don’t understand what is the use of mentioning email?very disappointing

#26 Azaruddin

Hello sir i have interview on 2 nov 2008 for the post of sotware testing but i am fresher completed my BE in ISE so i don’t know what all things to be prepared and so please can guys help…….

#27 Ashi

Hi all, Iam new to testing. Plz help me how to start preparing for interview?

#28 Md Rahmath

sir i need ur help as im a fresher from BSc group with math physics and electonics optionals and i need to prepare for my interview
my questions are
How to initialize the software skills?
what are the possible questions would be asked during interview?

#29 anusha

i have a lot of tension regarding the job, iam recently completed my testing course. i want a job, i dont have any reference and recommendations etc i have sufficient knowledge. please do the entry level help for me
sujani_2008@yahoo.com

#30 prem vinod

If u have first class through out the career and with good communication skills once send your resume to me at vinodkumar@primora.net or call me at my mobile no. 093906113222…thank you

#31 prem vinod

i wish u wont miss this chance

#32 Ankur

i have 2 & half years of experience in manual tesing and also database tesing. plz fwd me jobs regarding my exp.

#33 Nandu

Hi Pradeep,

It is very nice…

#34 Nandu

I liked the site and video…

#35 Santoshkumar

Hi friends,

I have 5.7 Years of experience in Software Testing (manual) . I am seriously looking for Hyderabad. If you know any opportunity then please let me know. This is really a veru nice site where we can learn more interesting toipics.. Great site..

#36 hadley

At present iam searching jobs in manual testing
If anyone knows any jobs contact me on johnhadley@filcosys.biz

#37 hadley

At present iam searching jobs in manual testing
If anyone knows any jobs contact me on
johnhadley@filcosys.biz

#38 hadley

I need any jobs regarding testing ,And it should be around nagercoil

#39 Navneet Gupta

Hi every One.
I’m done MCA distance mode and done software course recently and looking a job..In entry level.before it i’m a recruiter ,…..If any one know any job plz mail me on my mail..
Near Chandigarh,Mohali,Noida and delhi

mail2navneetgupta@gmail.com

Thanks in Advance

#40 Ankur Tyagi

i have 2 & half years of experience in manual tesing and also database tesing. plz fwd me jobs regarding my exp. ankurmca24@gmail.com

#41 Ifeanyi

Please I am new in software testing, I have my background in programming so it made it easy for me to go into testing but I need you to forward me some Certification Exam names and their codes so that I can write as many as possible to backup my experience with them

#42 Ifeanyi

I will apreciate if you send me sites where I can download exam preperation materials for software testing. princeofmind1@yahoo.com

#43 Rock

Hi friends,
This is a really nice site where we can learn more from here!

#44 sourabh saluja

all the details are good.but for fresher it is very difficult to choose carrier as soft.testing…

#45 Prashanth M. S

Hi I am working as an IT Engineer and interested to get into testing. I am like new born baby for testing.

I would love to know the following things:

1. If the person is new to testing, is it necessary for him/her to go to any classes for “testing”? or can it be mastered with self-help book?

2. As a fresher to “testing” – how difficult is it to get into software testing and what should the person initially concentrate on?

3. What are the different designations available under “testing”?

4. How long does it take to reach to intermediate level from an entry level? (in terms of months – this will answer about the growth opportunity in software testing)

5. What is the minimum salary in terms of Ruppees for an entry level?

6. Is the field “software testing” a very good option to choose as a career?

Thank you in Advance

Regards,
Prashanth

#46 arifa

Hello,
There are no words suitable for expressing my happiness . This site is mother for testing engineers.Thank you a lot with heartful
Regards,
Arifa

#47 Amol Y

Greate site

#48 Senthil Anandan R

i have 3+ of experience in manual tesing and also database tesing. plz fwd me jobs regarding my exp.

#49 Sampath

Hi Pradeep,

My name is Sampath. I was very much impressed with your presentation. I am B.tech graduate of 2008 passout. I have 3 years experience in BPO/KPO sector. I was thinking to do testing course and start/build my career since I am very much interested. I have gone through your articles about testing, it’s advantages and demerits. I do know basics in programming languages but not an expert. Please suggest me if software testing is a good option for me. Can I get settled as software tester? Could I be able to catch up with this domain after a long gap after my graduation? Your valuable suggestion helps to decide my future career.

Thank you,
Sampath

#50 sania bhardwaj

hi I have 8 mnth experience in software tesing.I am a ISTQB certified tester…..actually I shifted my technical electrical field to software testing…could I get job…..plz help I want to search job…

#51 parameswara reddy

hi friends,
i have 1 year 6 months experience in testing field,is there any jobs pls reffer me

#52 vinit sharma

Can somebody tell me about the types and not methods of black box testing

#53 xyz

hi…actually i have interest in testing.,my negative point is lack of good communications skills.and have a little voice problem.Is this field suit for me?

#54 shanmugam

good site

#55 Manju Garg

HI i have a 2+ years of exp. in testing and looking of a job on urgent basis. I am a MCA passed and looking of a job plz help me or mail me a job option on manju.garg2001@gmail.com

#56 Sunil Sharma

We have urgent opening for Software tester. Following is the Job Descriptiaon:
– 1 to 3 years of experience in testing web and mobile applications on iOS,Android and Web platforms.
– Analyzing the Requirements from the client
– Participating in preparing Test Plans
– Preparing Test Scenarios
– Preparing Test Cases for module, integration and system testing
– Preparing Test Data for the test cases
– Strong knowledge of Mobile Devices- iPhone and Android.
– Excellent QA planning and execution capabilities.
– Should possess sound knowledge of Testing applications on Web, Android and iOS platforms
– Creation of test plan, test cases and automated test processes to support overall quality objectives.
– Verifying Bugs and rectification reports
– Black Box Testing, White Box Testing
– Unit Testing, Manual Testing

#57 Vaidehi

We have urgent opening for Software tester for the development & up-gradation of our website.
* For Freshers Only
Location : Vikhroli , Mumbai
Educational Qualification: BE
Joining Immediately
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Interested Candidates send your updated resume on :
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#58 manikanta

hai, tester, i have done my manual testing course, i am good at communication skills, i am 2014 passed candidate,so please, can anyone help me.

#59 sakshi

Hi I want to know the complete test process about testing.Actually I am working as software tester but i am only the person who works as a tester in my company .so i wantto know the concept clearly like After getting srs How we design testcases and testmatrix.please give me info properly.

#60 Gunjan

We have urgent opening for Software tester. Following is the Job Descriptiaon:
– 1 to 2 years of experience in testing web and mobile applications on iOS,Android and Web platforms.
– Analyzing the Requirements from the client
– Participating in preparing Test Plans
– Preparing Test Scenarios
– Preparing Test Cases for module, integration and system testing
– Preparing Test Data for the test cases
– Strong knowledge of Mobile Devices- iPhone and Android.
– Excellent QA planning and execution capabilities.
– Should possess sound knowledge of Testing applications on Web, Android and iOS platforms
– Creation of test plan, test cases and automated test processes to support overall quality objectives.
– Verifying Bugs and rectification reports
– Black Box Testing, White Box Testing
– Unit Testing, Manual Testing

Regards
Gunjan
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