Preparing For Software Testing Interview – Simple Tips To Follow Prior And at The Time of Interview

This is a guest article by “N. Sandhya Rani”.

As Software testers, we keep performing testing activities in various phases of a project. When it comes to testing our own skills, we may not end up choosing an appropriate approach. I am talking about how the interview rounds go and how to face them. The whole article is a very general discussion about the challenges that a tester has to face in an interview.

Let’s start with preparing a CV for software testing job profile.

How to prepare a good CV?
By the term ‘Good’ I mean a CV that describes best about your skills, your expertise, your strengths etc. It’s better not to use a same CV for different types of job profiles. Making slight changes will help to get a call. For e.g. you can highlight the skill set that you posses for the required job like any automation tool or experience in other related automation tools. You can also add about the basic knowledge of any technologies that you posses. This may be an added advantage.

Preparation before the job interview:

Before attending the interview, check the job profile in detail. Understand if the requirement is purely in manual testing, Automation testing or on both. Check if your job profile experience match with what is expected.
The interviewer will mostly stick to questions around the given job profile and what you have mentioned in your CV.  Make sure you can answer questions confidently which are based on your CV. It depends on how the discussion goes between the candidate and the interviewer, which leads to discussion in other areas.

Appear confidently at the time of interview:

In most cases, the interview starts with a brief up about the candidate. One can answer to this question by following a sequence like starting with your Name, what qualifications do you posses, how you started your career as a software tester etc. Some interviewers do not like to hear about personal details like family. So do not proceed with these details unless the interviewer asks for it.

While answering any question tell what you know. Do not try to explain about ideal cases. Interviewers are interested in practical approach, rather than ideal cases. Tell the interviewer how you will go about solving the problems or about your way of tackling things. Do not talk anything negative about any person especially about developers/programmers. If you do so, then it shows that you are not mature enough. Now a days in most of the interviews, scenarios are cited rather than direct question and answer. If the scenario is new to you, take few seconds to think on it and then answer. Do not hurry up things.

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The way you present in interviews is very important. Right attitude is very important too. Many managers can judge it easily, if you have really worked on projects or it’s just a fake experience. The confidence level with which you answer makes a strong impression. For any question if you are not sure about the correct answer, just make an attempt. Do not just give up. You can also talk about things that you explored in free time or with your interest. This shows that you take initiative and are a continuous learner as well.

As many of us must have experienced that the interviewers keep asking about the processes that you have followed or are familiar with. One does not need to worry if they have never followed any processes. Following the processes is up to the company and a tester cannot do much regarding that. But of course one can follow some processes for his/her own task (I mean the modules that you own or are in charge of etc). This will not only help to manage things but also inspires other to follow some processes. Any process, which has proven some good results, can be followed. So, instead of blaming others for not following any processes, one can take an initiative to do it. Do not forget that Initiative is one of the qualities that a tester should possess.

One more important point: It’s not necessary that the person who is taking your interview is a person from QA background. A person from developing background can also take software testing job interviews. What I mean to say is the person need not have actually worked on the QA processes. In such case it becomes very important to answer the questions very carefully. It may sound illogical when a person from non-QA background interviews a tester but remember it will be a very good experience as you will get to know how testing is perceived by others.

Over to You:
What’s your experience about software testing interviews? If you want to share some do’s and don’ts please make comments below so that other testers can get benefit from your experience. And finally ‘all the best’ for your testing career!

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153 comments ↓

#1 sunita

nice tips.
make sure in any interview you are not faking your experience.

#2 Aman

Very nice Tips Sandhya…Thank you.

#3 wn

Nice! I am just a fresher having 5 days experience…

#4 wn

But, i am professional SEO.

#5 velu

it’s very nice articale,

#6 vijay

Very nice tips, All testers has to follow these tips before going for an interview …

#7 SV

Fantastic!! Thank you Sandhya.

#8 Srinivas

Thanks Sanhya for the avove valuable information . Adding to above mentioned points , before appearing for any interview , we should know all the details about company , testing process .

#9 SteStuff-Fulfilling Test Eng Needs..!

Awesome tips Sandhya. I’m not looking for change of company now :) But this helps a lot when we plan.

#10 Shijath Ali

Really useful tips………..if u could append to that some body language tips too, i think that would really fill the bowl…….:-)

#11 Rajesh Iyer

Hi Sandhya,

Thanks for the valuable information. But these days, most of the interviews conducted by bigger organizations aim at testing the memorization of the candidate. Mostly stuffs like “What is difference between Regression Testing and Retesting”. I understand to know these terms are good, but how much of a sense does it make when you are testing.

It what value that you add to the project that is important.

#12 Sandhya

@ Rajesh Iyer

hi Rajesh,

Thanks for bringing this point. Its an important one!

Not all testers get to work on different types of testing. While questioning a candidate, the interviewer checks if the person is familiar with the basic testing types and/or its purpose etc. Even if the person has really not worked on different types of testing, he/she is expected to know them. This shows that the person puts an effort towards improving knowledge and exploring.

I agree that its the value that you add to the project is important. But this is from our point of view. From the interviewer point of view its all about what you know and how you answer to their question.

#13 vignesan

sandya , lots of thanks for the valuable tips . now i got clear cut idea about approach of some interviews(obviously testing) . but my thing is like i worked with both devlopment and testing(manual) includes both test cases writting ,execution and defect rising. but now i planning to apply for testing requirement of big concerns. funda is that they require someone with tool experienced resources, infact i am fast learner and i can do cope up with the needs. so now if they questioned about tool related one’s . how should i tackle that (remember i dont have any hands on with any tools) ?

#14 Sandhya

@ Vignesan

Before attending an interview, just check the testing tool which has been mentioned in the job description. If time permits you can also just walk through the tool to get a fair idea of what it is and how exactly it works. Generally interviewer will ask the advantages /disadvantages of the tools. Comparison with other similar tools is also a good area for questions. Check all the major features that a tool has.

As you have mentioned that you were into development prior, I believe it won’t be difficult for you to understand the working of any tool.

You can use a tool on some project just to get exposure. Getting familiar with a tool enhances your confidence level.

#15 Kishore

Great tips indeed. Infact, it could have been better by adding few real time scenario or incidents. I often came across questions like
How will you cope up with your team member who does not perform his job properly or lacking with schedules?
Suppose a member of your team or cubicle member working on different projects and need help. What will be your reactions or solutions towards that?

#16 pankaj

Candidate should take care of his body language and eye contacts. He shoud explain the answers in points and will have the ability to convince his stand when intervier try to confuse.

#17 Srinivas.Asinti

Great tips .Lots of Thanks. Infact, it could have been better by adding few real time scenario or incidents.

#18 Sandhya

@ Kishore

a) How will you cope up with your team member who does not perform his job properly or lacking with schedules?

For such questions the best way to answer is by “imaging that you are the member who has the above problems. ” The answer will include all those things which will boost your productivity. For e.g. some might have some personal problems or inferior/superior feeling etc. One can talk to such persons and find some solution. We can provide more resources or flexibility to that person to carry his work efficiently. Some people are very poor at time management. Such issue can be overcome by letting the person to focus on one task at a time or ask to practically measure the schedule for a task etc.

All the above are just efforts to help the person cope from the problems.

b) Suppose a member of your team or cubicle member working on different projects and need help. What will be your reactions or solutions towards that?

I don’t see any problem here. In fact such things happen frequently. As an individual one should help others in whatever possible way. One thing to remember is your schedule should not affect due to this. It depends on how you manage. I would definitely help such people and manage by task as well. Remember you too may ask for someone’s help and except others to help you out.

#19 Sandhya

@Srinivas.Asinti

Hope the following will be useful.

i) The test execution schedule is reduced to say 1/3 or 1/4 and there cannot be any changes to it. How will you change your test approach or how will you test the app etc

Ans: Prioritize the test cases, prioritize the modules. Identify the important and complex modules. Instead of executing test cases, one may go for test scenarios. Prepare a list of such things and start. Defects/Issues may be reported by emails instead of following the template, which is time consuming.

ii) One of the team member is leaving the project (due to any reason), how will be plan for the Knowledge Transfer (KT) to other member in the team?

Ans: Preparing a list for KT is very important. This list can be used for future reference as well. Circulate the list of other team members, so that it is reviewed and then finalized. Prepare some rough estimation like how many hours will be needed etc. Collect all the data, documents etc prepared by the person, who is leaving (To avoid such things, it is always good to maintain a common repository for data, docs, reports etc). Team meeting or discussion will be more useful. Try to involve all concerned persons in the meeting or discussions.

iii) What is your plan to reduce risk? (Risk can be like person quitting from project or reducing resources, reduced schedules, introduction of more modules into existing schedule, client-billing is stopped etc)

Ans: Some risk can be avoided by reducing the dependency for any task. All the team members should be aware of all the activities within the team. Emails should be sent to all the team members so that everyone is in sync. QA team has to always plan for reduced schedules as this is the common case in many projects. Theoretically giving a solution is different from doing it practically. Many factors are to be considered while making changes to the schedules. When schedules are to be changed, then QA has to rework or revisit all the priorities, modules, test cases etc and update them accordingly. The last point regarding Client-billing is a bit difficult to answer. It depends on how the management takes the call. As testers or as a part of the QA team, we should not bias our work based on the payment being received. We should always aim at delivering quality work.

iv) You have to work with a team member with whom your rapport is not good. How will you manage it?

Ans: I am sure that most of us may have worked under such situations. Likes and dislikes are part of our life. As a person or more as a QA team member, we should be open-minded. To avoid any miscommunication it is always safe to communicate formally like sending emails. We should avoid getting involved in any blame-game. One should be professional enough to handle such situations. We should take care that the quality is not being hampered because of any personal issues. All the tasks should be divided and responsibilities should be shared. I again want to stress on ‘formal communication’ to avoid any risks.

v) Some changes are done to an existing application, but there is no time for Regression. How will you test such application?

Ans: Even this is a very common case for most of the testers. We have to focus on complexity and criticality of the modules. Retesting helps in such cases. If the traceability matrix is in place, then we can select the test cases that need to be executed. We should be able to quickly identify all the modules which will be affected by the changes. We can reduce the regression scope to fit into the schedule. Low priority test cases can be ignored.

vi) This question is very common I guess. There are no formal specs or documents available. How will you start preparing test cases or scenarios etc?

Ans: This is exploratory testing. We have to explore the application and then test. We need to understand the whole application. This is also a good opportunity to show our skills and capability. Keep documenting things as you explore, this will avoid rework and simultaneously you will end up creating good documentation as well. Discuss with team members about the application. More points are likely to come up in discussions.

#20 Anandhan

hi,

Please some one help me.I have call letter from CTS for testing interview Today(30/10/09).same thing another one call letter from CTS on next month first week. What can i do for this.

#21 Anandhan

Please any one help me .in case i not selected today .Next 6 month i will not able to attend the interview

#22 Abhishek Kumar

Please Any Body help me for the following questions

1.Q :- What is the difference between CMM & CMMI please give an
practicle approche.

2 Q :- What is the difference between Client Server & Web Server
please give an practicle approche.

3 Q:- What is the 404 error on the Internet please give an
practicle approche.

4 Q:- How can we do the Web Server Testing please give an
practicle approche.

5 Q:- How can we write the query for the fifth maximum salary.

6 Q:- What is the Agile model please define it with each phase
of SRS, Design, Coding, Testing, Implimentation & Mantenance give the
every phase how it work in the SDLC.

7 Q:- What is the Gamma Testing please give an
practicle approche.

8 Q:- What is the Mutation Testing please give an
practicle approche.

9 Q:- How can you say that Software Testing is a Chalenging Job.

10 Q:- What is the difference between error, bug & defact please give an
practicle approche.

11 Q:- What is the difference between Test Case, Test Design ,Test Senerio & Test Plan please give an
practicle approche.

12 Q:- What is the difference between Spiral Model & Iterative Model in the Software Testing
Define Both Model defferently with each phase of SRS, Design, Coding, Testing,
Implimentation & Mantenance please give an practicle approche.

13 Q:- How can you do the Websites Testing Manually please give an
practicle approche.

14 Q:- How can you do the different types of the browser Testing please give an
practicle approche.

15.Q :- What is the difference between Verification & Validation in the
Software Testing please give the minimum 10 points with practicle approche.

16.Q :- How can we do the Performance Testing in the Web Application please
give an practicle approche.

#23 Abhishek Kumar

Please Any Body help me for the following questions
who have the much exp. in the Software Testing.

1.Q :- What is the difference between CMM & CMMI please give an
practicle approche.

2 Q :- What is the difference between Client Server & Web Server
please give an practicle approche.

3 Q:- What is the 404 error on the Internet please give an
practicle approche.

4 Q:- How can we do the Web Server Testing please give an
practicle approche.

5 Q:- How can we write the query for the fifth maximum salary.

6 Q:- What is the Agile model please define it with each phase
of SRS, Design, Coding, Testing, Implimentation & Mantenance give the
every phase how it work in the SDLC.

7 Q:- What is the Gamma Testing please give an
practicle approche.

8 Q:- What is the Mutation Testing please give an
practicle approche.

9 Q:- How can you say that Software Testing is a Chalenging Job.

10 Q:- What is the difference between error, bug & defact please give an
practicle approche.

11 Q:- What is the difference between Test Case, Test Design ,Test Senerio & Test Plan please give an
practicle approche.

12 Q:- What is the difference between Spiral Model & Iterative Model in the Software Testing
Define Both Model defferently with each phase of SRS, Design, Coding, Testing,
Implimentation & Mantenance please give an practicle approche.

13 Q:- How can you do the Websites Testing Manually please give an
practicle approche.

14 Q:- How can you do the different types of the browser Testing please give an
practicle approche.

15.Q :- What is the difference between Verification & Validation in the
Software Testing please give the minimum 10 points with practicle approche.

16.Q :- How can we do the Performance Testing in the Web Application please
give an practicle approche.

#24 Abhishek Kumar

Please any body tell me.

How can we do the performance testing.

#25 Joby Joseph

Dear site promoter,
Kindly remove the duplicated tests of Mr.Abhishek Kumar from the comments.

#26 Sharon Ideas

Good blog! Another key interview tip I would like to point out is that employers often ask you for examples of test plans, how you would create a test plan and ask you if you have any additional information. Be prepared for these questions! Preparation is always key!

#27 Govardhan Reddy M

Dear Ms.Sandhya Rani (Article Author),

1. Very clean and neat explanation.
2. Pristine article covering all corners.
3. Instead of just saying a word or sentence, Again the
way you detailed it was very nice.
4. The isolated paragraphs made us better
understanding.
5. Really worth reading this article.
6. Your pleasant responses are very straight forward to
the questions besides examples.
7. Appreciate your time and effort that you spent and
spending for this article.
8. Instead of making the article a lengthy one, The way
you planned made this article “CONCISE”.
9. After reading, I came to know that, Your article
indicated “PRECISENESS” (exactly what is needed).
10. Your article shows your “Art” that must be highly
prized for its beauty or perfection.

I was overwhelmed with gratitude for your help/effort.

Even I saw so many links that you are posting in testingken.com (chetanas.com) related to testing jobs.
Hope you are the one!!!

Thanks,Thanks,Thanks….

Regards,
Govardhan Reddy M,
Software Test Engineer,
“Value has a value only if its value is valued”

#28 Ritika Munjal

Really awsome tips………….
Gr88 job….
Thanx…….

#29 sukky

what would be the best way to answer the following questions:
1. what r the challenges you faced in your current project?
2. apart from writing test cases, client calls, defect reporting… what else have you done for your organisation?

any input will be highly appreciated.

#30 Govardhan Reddy M

Dear sukky (#29),

1. Writing a document (Test Design Document) with
little information about the product/project/process,
In which new features are added.

2. Means that, Just based on the HLD but not based on
the LLD (because some times LLD won’t get authored
by development team due to lack of time or because
of busy with some other development tasks with
high priority).

3. At a sudden, If the test engineer is asked to do
testing in another project which is little relevant to
the current project but not ease to understand easily
that too by providing little period of time to read,
understand, author test plan, execute, run and
report.

4. Often it happens, When one of the vital team
member left the company all of a sudden may be
because of nice opportunity with another employer
or due to some personal reasons.

During such times, Test engineer of the same team
will be asked to carry out those tasks even though
these tasks are new to this test engineer (how ever
minimal documentation will be provided to
understand what is what of that feature BUT WITH
NO SUFFICIENT TIME).

Regards,
Govardhan Reddy M,
Software Test Engineer,
“Law of win says, Lets not do it in my way or your way,
But lets do it in the best way”.

#31 Ramesh

Really helpful a lot…
Thank u

-regards,
Ramesh Kumar|QA Engineer
Initiative is one of the qualities that a tester should possess.

#32 Glenda

Hi ,

I am planning to set up my career in Software Testing.I have around seven years experience in IT.I am residing in mumbai ,Dadar and would be grateful if you coud let me know the good institues and the courses that i would have to do.Please guide me through this.

#33 arifa

hi ,
very very thanks sandha
regards,
arifa

#34 Arijit Dhar

Hi,

Thanks a lot, Sandhya. The article is quite helpful.
I would expect some more articles like this one, having tips to follow while preparing for software testing interviews.

Arijit Dhar
Senior Software Test Engineer
Kolkata

#35 elision

I am waiting to know the answers for Abhishek Kumar’s questions.
I think he just copied from somewhere and pasted it.
Anyhow i don’t know answers for most of the questions he listed.

Because i have only 1 months of experiecne in web application testing. And i have studied software testing as subject in college. But i am not able to recall everything.

Please answer and post it as new article sandhya.

I wanna your student.

#36 Madan

Great Article Sandhya. Good efforts to put all this information together.

As a Senior Test Manager and having interviewed many, all I am looking for is if the person being interviewed has the ability to learn and adapt quickly,
Your interest and willingness to learn.

We usually don’t worry if you know what a Mutation Testing is. Even if you do not know, we are looking for people who have the abiltiy to learn.

I usually provide a page of simple requirements in my Project and give a couple of minutes for the candidate to read through it. I request him/her to provide me an approch to test this requirement.
This is what you do everyday as a Tester, understand requirements and write test cases. Create Test Data for the requirement, understand pre conditions for the test, determine test environment.
So All it requires from a tester is to logically arrange events leading to a test, execute the test and exit from it.

So, my suggestion to you freshers would be
1. Try to relate your theory to practical scenraios. You need to have your basics right.
2. If you do not know an answer, be honest. Let the interviewer know why you donot know this answer. You are a fresher, it is not practical for you to know everything.
Please do not beat around the bush, as it gives a really bad impression.

Thanks
Madan

#37 sandesh

superb thoughts…….thanks sandya

#38 Vrushali

Its good article!!!
I have 1 query,i want to know About ‘product testing’.
or tips for Product Testing Interview.

#39 Govardhan Reddy M

Dear Ms. Vrushali (# 39),
Good to see that you are in prodcut testing.
First be very clean and clear..
1. How the stuff works?
2. All layers from layer 2 to layer 7 (ISO-model)
3. All layers from layer 2 to layer 5 (TCP/IP model)
4. About your product features.

Stuff here refers to “Networking”.
Data flow from one layer to the next layer.
Next layer may be either upper layer or lower layer.

I mean to say that, “If you come to know, What happens if we request a yahoo page, Right from layer 5/7 to the layer 1 and after leaving our pc, then at the default gateway, then after entering in to public network, then reaching yahoo server, then coming back from yahoo server to our browser?”

This is just one example to make you aware that, At what level we need to think.

All luck.

Regards,
Govardhan Reddy M,
Software Test Engineer.
“Results matter, Efforts won’t”

#40 anandhan

any one answer me….

1) What is diff b/n unit testing and white box testing(WBT) and it have any related link and WB tester can test the unit testing and voice versa?.

2)how can test acceptance testing without alpha and beta testing(that is end user)

#41 Govardhan Reddy M

Dear Anandhan (# 41),
White Box Testing = Unit Testing
Unit Testing = Part of white box testing

Only developer does White Box Testing.
Means that developer does unit testing.

No relation nothing. No vice versa nothing.

White Box Testing means that, Code base testing.
Black Box Testing means that, User (end user) base testing. Here code is blocked.

Don’t get confused.

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Acceptance Testing:
———————
It depends on client. Whether they can do this testing on their own. Or they just rely on us and asks us to do this. Just we are going to select test cases which are related to major functionalities of the application and going to execute. Once we send the report, Client get back to us asking for “go” or “no go”.

Decision is ours. If we say, Yes, Then product/project goes to field. Else, It won’t.

Some times this A.T. also refers as QA A.T.

All luck.

Regards,
Govardhan Reddy M,
Software Test Engineer.
“Results matter, Efforts won’t”

#42 anandhan

Thank u Reddy…………….
But little confuse.1) For develop the application has one company and Test that application another company either code or function that what we do.

#43 Geek Blogger

madan and sandhya thanks to both of you , nice job:-) great going.

#44 santhoshmp m p

nice tips and thoughts thank you

#45 Babu.V.L.

Good discussion. Appreciate all thoughts…..

Basic quality of Test Engineer we look for is
Good communication , Logical thinking , Good Listener , Good Learner , Organised and Systematic approach , Honest ..
Either fresher or experienced adhering to this approach would fetch you your dream job. All Technical knowledge is secondary to the above and can be handled easily in due course.
Thanks , Babu.V.L.

#46 Ashish Sharma

Dear Sandhya,

Thanks for your very nice and informative article indeed. Hope to get more and more new articles in future from your side. I would be grateful if you answer my few questions i faced in an interview

1. What is the difference between Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) ?

2. What is the difference between QA and QC ?

3. What is the difference between process and product ?

4. What is the difference between test case and bug report ?

5. What is traceability matrix ?

6. What is use case and what does it include ?

7. What is Build ?

8. What does Build deployment mean ?

Thanks and regards,
Ashish Sharma
sharma.ashish79@gmail.com

#47 sreevani S

can any body tel me the difference between test script and test cases??

#48 venkat

hi Sreevani,

The terms actually differ with different companies . some may test case, test scripts & test steps.

Test Case: Is a testable condition wrt to s/w requirement. It’s a document that describes an input, action and expected result, in order to determine if a feature of an application is working correctly.
Test script: contains the codes to test may be used in automation.

#49 indhu

hi,

if anybody know abt STC Thirdeye tech,can u plz tel me what type of question they will ask either theory type or practical oriented.plz send me some questions.

#50 Sreevani S

Hi Venkat,

Thank U for replying..
Can U give me some examples of Test Scripts.

#51 venkat

hi Sreevani

please check below..

‘Script Name : Sundry
‘Created By : venkat,v
‘Created On : 4-Nov-2009

”Setting Object Handler

z=Environment.Value(“ScenarioNumber”)

datatable.SetCurrentRow z

‘Login checking

If Browser(“Sundry Accounts Declaration”).Page(“Sundry Accounts Declaration”).WebElement( “Welcome! HKPREPARER1”).Exist(2)Then
Reporter.Filter=rEnableAll
Reporter.ReportEvent “0”, ” STC_FCS_98_ LoggingIN” ,”Preparer Logged IN.”
else
Reporter.Filter=rEnableAll
Reporter.ReportEvent “1”,”STC_FCS_98_LoggingIN” ,”Preparer Logged IN.”
End If
Reporter.Filter = rfDisableAll

thanks
venkat
venkatesan.v1@gmail.com

#52 Sreevani S

ok . In this example,
we have to check browser, page, webelement accordingly the system enables the fields. right!

#53 Sreevani S

Thank u Venkat :)

#54 DARSHAN

Any candidate other than computer/IT background can become tester?.If yes,then what should he do for that?.One should join programming language class & testing course together?

#55 venkat

hi Darshan,

I am a mechanical Engrr, now working as a software tester,
the thing is first go for testing course,SQL & Unix and make a try…

thanks
venkat
venkatesan.v1@gmail.com

#56 Deepthi

HI,

WHAT ARE THE TWO THUMB NAILS ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE THE TESTCASES.

Regards,
Deepthi.

#57 sampath

Sounds good.

#58 sampath

Hi deepthi,

you need to have sound knowledge on the product to write the test cases (or) You need to understand the requirements to write the test cases

Thanks
Sampath

#59 ashok

i have read the artical completely.i could learn more about testing. actually i wanted to learn testing tools course,,but i don’t know about this. i have gotten some idea from your artical, i really understood the importance of a testing in the project scnerio…thak you for your great support…and i hope this will continue always for testers………………

#60 venkat

Hi all,

whether production data or testing data used in Dressrehearsel.

thanks
venkat
eesan652@hotmail.com

#61 venkat

hi all,

what is the difference beteween “Dressrehearsel and Convertion Acceptance Testing (CAT)”

thanks
venkat
eesan652@hotmail.com

#62 Rahul bansal

Hi All

Nice topic. As I have given lot of interview i have some important note like:
1. They will check Your Communication Skill because it is mandatory for a tester. As some time you have to interact developer (to tell them their error) and client (for enhancements of project)
2. Patience (short eager hide most bug as some fresher did) and confidence (whatever u had did it is right. bcoz interviewer will do in interview)

Bye

#63 Aditi

thank a lot Ms.Sandhya,

As i m going to give an interview within some days
this article helps me a lot , thanks again.

#64 UNNI KRISHNAN

That was a great article thanks a lot sandhya.i am new to this field even though i have a technical degree. yOUR TIPS WIL DEFINATELY HELP ALL THE BEGINERS IN THIS INDUSTRY. THANKS ALOT.

#65 saurabh (zed)

very good blog to share with all fresher testers……..
thank you sir..

#66 saurabh (zed)

very good blog to share with all fresher testers……..
thank you sir..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

#67 Rajkumar

Hi Sandhya,

Your thought is useful for me and to other who is visiting this site

Thx…

#68 chakram

Dear Sandhya,
Thanks alot for your article. It really boost up freshers and those who scared of attending an interview. Hope you do more and really mean its your cup of tea.
Regards,
Chakram..

#69 Aniket C

Hi,
This is Aniket.I am reading comments and various other important information given on this website on a regular basis and I am very thankful to each and every person who have given their valuable feedback’s and suggestions.
I am a Bsc.I.T graduate and looking for a software testing job as I dont have interest in sw development and I given 2 interviews till date 1)TCS(E-Serve), mumbai 2) EDS Mphasis but both of the places I went up to the last round thats operational and then I didnt got any reply from the company. I am not able to track the exact reason why the people are rejecting me in last round after clearing all the rounds……….someone plz help me to get everything right………

#70 satish

Hi its a wonderful tip & these tips r very use full for the persons seeking a job…. & could you please help me as a favor that is can u send me some sample resumes for 3+exp plz… any one in this room kindly send me some sample resumes with dummy projects…

#71 Swapnil

Thanks
This is very helpful to us
Any one can tell me
what and how you will test a web page (it is login page)that accepts user’s information (first name, last name, email address, password, phone number) and creates a user account using the email address and the password.

plz send or contact me on swap.jay1@gmail.com.

#72 sibuki

I am a beginners, I like to learn Software Testing, what kind of question are asked in Interview -Simple Tips to follow prior and at the time of Interview

#73 Mihika

HI, currently i am working as an ITSM consultant from past 2 and half years. I would like to switch to Testing serivice line. Firstly, i wanted to know, if its possible for me to switch my field and secondly, i would like to know, how should i go for it.

#74 SEGSA

Please help!

I’m having interviews 2morow, is entry level. the key perfomance are:1)Execute tests as per the defined Test Plan and Process Frameworks.
2)Log and Manage Defects.
3)Compile and maintain an updated Test Results repository.
3)Provide Test Reports to the Test Manager.
I’m in the support and I want to switch to testing. I think first quest will be why do you want to move to testing(please assist on that answer), Please assist interview are on the 04/march/2010

#75 divya

hi,
i am a ISTQB Foundation level certified software tester, i am in this field from past 2 years, but still i am not able to get into the job, i wrote few advanced level exams in Brainbench, i scored good percentage in that exams too.
till the interview i will be fine, but on that day i am becomming panic and scared. please if there is anybody who can help me to get a testing job. i will be verymuch thankful to them,i live in Hyderabad. please you can reach me at diya23@gmail.com

#76 Kapil

Please any one can describe me in more details about build. And what environment need for a build.

#77 Nirav

can anybody help me for practical things. I don’t know how to implement tseting in a live project. so plz anybody can send some projects or practicals. plz……I will be thankful to them.

#78 Nirav

note my email id:- sampatnirav1984@yahoo.co.in

#79 satish

Hi Associates,

I want to catch you who are in this blog . So here i mention my yahoo id so pl ease add in your friends list.
Advance thanks for addimg. satishk_kumar@yahoo.com.

#80 satish

Hi every one pl ease add my yahoo id please.
satishk_kumar@yahoo.com

#81 Nirav

just go to testingken.com for latest testing jobs in mnc’s and go for chetanasforum.com who are findind job in testing this will really helpful.

#82 Nirav

plz help me for sending some useful practical materials usedul one in project or anybody has a dummy project for testing…. my email id-sampatnirav1984@yahoo.co.in

#83 Nirav

how can we give practical approach for different testing any body has examples plz send me also. like performance,security….etc.

#84 Aryan

Can u Help me the following
1) Example set of Test cases for all Testing Types
2) How to Prepare Regression Test cases becoz a small confusion between Re-Testing and Regression Testing and where i have to add Regression test cases in Integration Test case library for any Product.

#85 Fatima

I want to know the interview techniques for database testing.
Some one pls give study materials and guideliness for it.

j.fatima12@yahoo.com

Thanks,
Fatima .J :)

#86 namrata

Great platform to enhance your knowledge…n sandhya thanx a lot for the useful tips n govardhan u too been a gr8 help…..am going for a testing intrw soon can u plz lemme knw d possilbe trend of questions in market for testing(both manual n automation)….hope to b in touch so can hav good discussions ahead…

Regards
Namrata

#87 mallik

good stuff

#88 mallik

hi all,
what is the difference between sanity testing and smoke testing? where exactly we use them?

thanks,
mallik

#89 viky

Sanity Testing:

Its the first test/initial test that is done to check
wheather the new software version is performing well enough
to accept it for a major testing effort. Ex: System not
hanging soon..

Smoke Testing:

It is performed after Sanity Test to check the wheather all
the functionalities are available to perform the detailed
testing.

#90 mallik

thanks viky ..

#91 gaurav

Some questions asked from me in interviews :

Explain the testing process in your company?
Differnce between Web based and client server testing.
Define Black box testing
How do you report bug?
Static and dynamic
Integration testing

#92 sachin

Dear Sandhya,

Thanks for your very nice and informative article indeed. Hope to get more and more new articles in future from your side. I would be grateful if you answer my few questions i faced in an interview

1. What is the difference between Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) ?

2. What is the difference between QA and QC ?

3. What is the difference between process and product ?

4. What is the difference between test case and bug report ?

5. What is traceability matrix ?

6. What is use case and what does it include ?

7. What is Build ?

8. What does Build deployment mean ?

Thanks and regards,

#93 SreedharReddy

Hi All(specially to Sandya),

thanks a lot to all, m BE fresher(ECE) planing to build my carrier in testing field, really awesome tips n discussions i got here.. pls help me as what steps i have to take for my feature, sandya’s tips for freshers is superb thanks a lot….)’

kindly send me some freshers resume formats,

and some imp topic basic ideas to learn Software Testing to mail id–sreedharreddy88@gmail.com

Thanks and Regards,
SreedharReddy.)’

#94 Vikas.T. Bhimshetty

Good Tips………!

#95 himabindu

hi sandhaya,
nice tips all these are very helpful to me. i want to know the real time process. please give me details.

#96 Anuja

Hello Sandhya,
really nice tips ihave one prob ihave only done BSC(Comp) and then course from Seed Infotech Can i get the job? pls give me details

#97 Ram S Payal

HI IAM TRY TO JOIN IN TESTING CAREER@ IS ANYONE SEND ME THE MANUAL AND TESTING MATERIAL AND INTERVIEW QUESTION ON MY MAIL rampayal@gmail.com THANKS IN ADVANCE.

#98 Mihir`

thank u sandhya 4 helping out,
that was some great stuff…

#99 santhi

1 of the excellent blog in which i read

#100 Anushree

HI to All,
I am appearing for an interview nxt month,am a fresher..i am in US, i waana know what kind of ques ‘ll be asked on testing itself.please mail me..

#101 Grorge

Thank u helping out, one of the excellent blog in which i read. its really impressive

#102 srigirish

Hello Madam,
I have been working in Development for past 4 years. Now I am interested to switch into testing. Is it possible to do so ? If not may I know the reasons and If yes may i know what I need to do so that I can switch on my career to Quality assurance

Thanks & Regards
Srigirish

#103 shoba

this is very gooooooooooooooood

#104 sreekanth

Thank you very much…
Your lines for preparation, brush my mind very well….

#105 sreekanth

Thank you very much…
Your lines for preparation, brush up my mind very well….

#106 suraj

Hi,thank u very much for such a nice tips……….

#107 Mani

hey,
I am working in networking company at bangalore and having just 4months experience on it..Basically i am BE-ECE graduate and now i wanna switched to software testing profession..can u pls help me how to begin to learn and attend the interview..have i need to join in any institute or else i can go through by own efforts..

#108 Mani

hey,
I am working in a networking company at bangalore and having just 4months experience on it..Basically i am BE-ECE graduate and now i wanna switched to software testing profession..can u pls help me how to begin to learn and attend the interview..have i need to join in any institute or else i can go through by own efforts..

#109 manasa

hi everybody…

ders good discussion going on..so i wanna ask to kno abt d fresher job openings in bangalore…

i m an engineerg 2008 passot student..i kno d basic concepts n tryg for testing jobs past 1 year…

so i m in dilemma to join a testing course in Qspiders or to search for jobs 1 more yr..

can sme1 help?

#110 Pratap Gusain

very helpful article,i’m definitely implement this while interview.

#111 ranjeetkumar

hi this is b.tech graduate who learning testing tools from institute , please give me some tips on which areas i have to focus more so that i can perform more on practical field.

#112 Deepika Trivedi

I am MCA fresher 2010 passout.I want to make my carrier in Software testing field.please tell me some testing jobs for freshers.I had very good academic qualifications.
Thanks.

#113 kumar

good tips

#114 Thainese Victoria G

hai….
thank u for ur valid answers

…….regarding software testing mail me

i am a manual tester…..
i like to learn automation testing
i installed qtp in my desktop
pls give some guidance

#115 Thainese Victoria G

I worked as a developer(asp.net) for 2 years 4 months
suddenly i felt interest in testing
i like to enjoy my self with software testing
so i switch over to testing now
i feel i am good at logical thinking and getting the domain and doing as a manual tester

i want to learn automation testing the reason i know programming

what i have selected will it lead any conflict in my carrier ?

#116 santhosh

Good Tips………!
Thank you very much

#117 sathiya prasad

Hi, thanks for your tips. Really usefull.

#118 Dechamma

good one!!!!!!!!!!

#119 Gopinath S

It’s really usefull . Coupld you fe more questions for ISTQB certification

Thanks,
Gopi.S

#120 Gopinath S

It’s really usefull . Could you give us few more questions for ISTQB certification

Thanks,
Gopi.S

#121 Shailesh Jagtap

Good Tips………!
Can anybody answer the my question
Suppose you have give an website login page for the Testing. It has User name, Password and Submit button. Valid username and password is provided to you. but you are not able to login. what is exact causes/appropriate of this bug. You have not given code.
I have answered this question as,
1) May be date Problem.
2) Validation problem.
3) Submit button problem.

Interviewer is not looking for this answer, what will be another of this question.

#122 b narayana

hi i want to know some answers abt my qusions

#123 Sumalatha Reddy

This information is very much usefull Thank you……………

#124 divya

thanks for your tips.but i cannot have the communication skill.how can improve myself.i am studied in tamil medium.so i feel ,very difficult to speak english.

#125 Guru

Good to see here all of testers answer with different level really its good play ground for testing enggs

#126 naveen

wat is diff b/w high level test scenario & Test cases

#127 Shakti

Hiii

#128 Balaji

is good communication must for testing? I can speak… But Not fluent all times.. stammering sometimes… Can i get job in testing? Plz reply anyone…

#129 devaraj

Dear All,

I have worked as Design Engineer for 2.5 years before shifting to Testing Job. I have now close to 4.5 years of experience in Testing. Should i mention my previous job as Design Engineer in my resume or i should just mention only my Testing Experience in the resume.Please advice me on this.
I have added like mentioned below in my resume

Professional Experience: Total 7 Years
4.4 years in Software Quality Assurance of CAE Software
2.5 years as Design Engineer in Aerospace & Heavy engineering domain.

Any suggestion is helpful at the earliest.

#130 PREETHI

HI IAM FRESHER IS ANYONE SEND ME THE MANUAL AND TESTING MATERIAL AND INTERVIEW QUESTION AND RESUME SAMPLES ON MY MAIL preethig459@gmail.com THANKS IN ADVANCE.

#131 Ruchi

Hi,
Is there any job in blackbox testing? I have 5.5 yrs of exp in mobile application testing, STK testing, Web portal testing.

#132 Bimpe

Hi sandhya,

Thanks so much for the posts,it has been so helpful,i am a tester with little experience of automation,but since it’s really a hotcake in the market can you enlighten me more about steps to take?
Is it compulsory that a tester performs integration testing?you can reply to my yahoo account.
Thanks in advance.

#133 prakash Joshi

Hi its a great tips and very use full for the persons seeking a job…. & could you please help me can u send me some sample resumes for 1+exp plz… any one in this room kindly send me some sample resume.
my email id
hiprjoshi@gmail.com

#134 JAMES PRABHAKARAN

NICE MADAM,OUR TIPS MOST USED FOR MY INTERVIEW

#135 Vasu

Really nice tips.

#136 shrihari .s. mahajan

I AM STUDENT OF NVPS AMBAJOGAI. MY SISTER HAS SEEN YOUR’S ARTICLE AND INTERVIEW AND SHE SAID SHE LIKE IT. SHE IS IN SECENDIAR OF COMPUTER ENGINEERING

#137 praveen

send the testing questions for my mail

#138 sudhakara

Good one

#139 Hemanth

Thanks a lot all, this info helps every test Engineer.

#140 prasanna

Good one sandhya

#141 santosh

Hello,
I am in manual testing and i have given lots of interviews but i am not getting selected anywhere. For this i am also doing QTP.
This article will surely help me.
Can any one tell what areas should i focus on at this time. Mean what are the testing measures now a days for companies and what they want from you as an employee?

#142 srikanth

how you measure the quality of project / product after testing.

how you divide time in testing.

for test cases, test reports, test data, test scenarios and soo on..how you distribute you time frame of 100% …

#143 akki

hey,
sandhya
very good blog to share with all fresher testers……..
thank you …………
can u send any sample cv for QA Tester plz…….
srvnakhil@gmail.com

plz help me

#144 vamshi

be confident while answering….and also don’t try to cover something when u do not know answer..just say will have a look on this etc., it indicates least u r showing somehow interest for learning….
ALL D Best guyzzz :)

#145 Deepak

Hi, I m Deepak.
I completed BE in Mechanical branch. Now i want to become a software tester. So what are the basic things i need to know first. And moreover i have an interview tommarow, so what are the topics can i prepare in just one day ?
plzz reply back soon…
Thank you

#146 Ria

Keep up the great work Vijay and Sandhya..You will be thanked by many who read your blog.
I have a suggestion , it would be nice if more and more QA seniors( who interview candidates) to interact on this blog (like Madan). It will add a lot of confidence to the freshers’ or who are planning to take up this career.

#147 harish

Good work, Very impressive.

-Harish

#148 neha

nice blog

#149 anita

Thanks for this tips,
I worked as a tester for 7month under an it consultant and after that I don’t get job becoz I have 2years gap and now I want to show 2 years fake exprience becoz I want a job as a tester.what should my approach that I crack the interview as the interviewer can’t catch that I m fake candidate.

#150 Sid

Hi ,

I am from a development background working in a maintenance project for 3 years ,being in a maintanence project I ‘ve also worked on testing scenarios and not just unit testing.

So what I want to know is whether it is possible for me to move to testing entirely as that is my area of interest .

#151 mahan madiwal

Is there any requirement for software testing at Bangalore for b.sc freshers,
i have done software testing course, please let me know by this mail id
Mahan.madiwal2@gmail.com

#152 Rupa

Hi ,

I am new to Software testing.I live in U.S. in VA.I am currently looking for software testing jobs.Kindly let me know if you have any positions in QA or any consulting company hiring for QA.

Thanks.
Rupa.

#153 pankaj kumar

Is there any requirement for software testing at delhi NCR for b.c.A WITH 2.1 YEAR OF EXPERIENCE,
please let me know by this mail id
pankaj.k2521991@gmail.com

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