Software testing interview questions Test manager Part I

Q Customer has reported severe defects in Daily balance report. The customer
is unhappy that the problem is not fixed even after a week. What action you
as a PM will take to restore confidence of customer and ensure that this will
not happen in suture?

Answer:
Conflict resolution – Get on your customer wavelength. Get the facts and ask
questions, get detail info and take notes listen carefully. Establish and initiate an
action program(admit error if it is there, negotiate satisfactory solution, state the
solution and get agreement, take action and follow up with customer). Finally
establish proper daily problem review process to prevent such problems in future.

Q. It’s observed that the testers in your organization are performing tests on the
deliverable even after significant defects have been found. This has resulted
in unnecessary testing of little value because re-testing needs to be done
after defects have been rectified. You are the test manager and going to
update the test plan with recommendations on when to stop testing. List the
recommendations you are going to make.

Answer:
Following steps need to be taken .
a) Acceptance criteria should tighten
b) Test cases should be re-evaluated (preferably peer review)
c) If possible more test cases should be added. With boundary value and
equivalence class partition cases.
d) More test cases with invalid condition should be added
e) Stop criteria needs to be modified

Q. You are newly appointed as a test lead in an organization which uses manual
testing. Your boss wants you to put forth three testing tools and their features
to create awareness about the testing tools in the top management. Suggest
any three testing tools for your test Environment and why do you suggest
them?

Answer:
The third question is very important one. You can write about test Director, Win
runner/Load runner, McCable or any other coverage tool. Test director is useful to
track defect. WR or LR to do functionality/Load testing, Coverage tool to check the
code coverage thereby helping in White box testing.

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Q. You are working on a project, where the requirements change dynamically.
The data in the project comes from various ends (from various Platforms) and
are inter-dependent. You see this as a big risk in the project. How would you
plan accordingly?

Answer:
Give a Plan which takes care of the risk and is identified in the Risk Areas. Say that
the testing scope would concentrate more on Data driven tests etc.



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95 comments ↓

#1 Pradeep Soundararajan on 05.06.07 at 9:21 pm

I am not sure where you collected these questions and whose answers are these. In my opinion, the answers lack critical thinking, questioning and knowledge of software.

You are working on a project, where the requirements change dynamically. The data in the project comes from various ends (from various Platforms) and
are inter-dependent. You see this as a big risk in the project. How would you plan accordingly?

The first thing I would do is to ask a question: What role do I play in this project?

The role I play decides what I would do.

What do you mean by changing requirements?

There is no commercial or maybe non commercial software projects that have a requirement document that is complete and with no changes in requirements.

You see this as a big risk in the project. How would you plan accordingly?

I feel that there might be bigger risks than the one listed in the question. If I alone recognize something as a risk and others don’t, I might not get co-operation from the team to execute any fantastic idea that I might have to resolve the risk.

How would I deal with it depends on my knowledge of contexts that surround the project.

If there were to be standard one line answers to problems that testers and projects face, monkeys and parrots might get trained in future to give those one line answers.

My intention of saying that is not to hurt you but to let you know that I think, one line answers or standard answers misguide and are false.

#2 Pradeep Soundararajan on 05.06.07 at 9:49 pm

You are newly appointed as a test lead in an organization which uses manual testing. Your boss wants you to put forth three testing tools and their features
to create awareness about the testing tools in the top management. Suggest any three testing tools for your test Environment and why do you suggest
them?

Well, I am a Test Lead for which project and product?

Assume, I am a Test Lead for a chemical test lab at NASA, does your answer of suggesting Winrunner, QTP or any other tool help me or my boss or anyone in this world?

Let’s also assume, I am testing a mobile phone, now my boss is asking me the same question, what do you expect me to answer?

The same WR, LR, QTP?

Whoever reads this and is smart enough and is open to learning and is not from context driven community will understand that testing or any activity is context driven.

Your answer or solution to a problem is driven by contexts that surround and not just straight forward answers that fetched a job for someone in some organization.

Answer:
The third question is very important one. You can write about test Director, Winrunner/Load runner, McCable or any other coverage tool. Test director is useful to track defect. WR or LR to do functionality/Load testing, Coverage tool to check the
code coverage thereby helping in White box testing.

First of all, how does me joining a company as a test lead and being new to the company matter?

Well, I can think of ways where it might matter but are you sure you too have thought of them?

Coverage tools? Wow! Are they still selling?

The coverage tool has an algorithm to spit out a number and the algorithm wasn’t tested on your developers code when it was developed and hence every time the coverage tool runs on your software, it’s a test or an information to the coverage tool company and not just you.

Assume, your job is to cover each street in a specific city and there are 300 streets in that city.

I blind fold you and make you walk on 200 streets and due to that, you are unable to know the 200 streets you covered and have information about the 100 streets that you could note down.

What is your coverage?

100% or 33.34% or both?

Well, if you have read my comments in your blog, you could counter me by asking “What do I mean by coverage? and what is the context in which you asked the above question”

I would be happy if you thought of it despite me having an answer for that or not. It makes me feel happy that you have started to think and that’s important for me and for this country.

#3 KSR on 03.06.08 at 9:02 am

Hi Mr.Pradeep SundarRajan(a big name!)..
I guess, the idea of giving thre tools…Td, WR/LR & Cov.Tool is to tell that—One tells about a test management tool, the other functionalily / performance and the next / last would be about what is the test coverage…Looks reasonable….Assuming it is a normal development project which is ready for testing…I am sure, when you are interviewd by NASA or NOKIA they will not ask such questions…but when you interviewd by Polaris, CJ, AppLabs etc…
We can always cross question any interview answer..becuase it will be based up on his exp. or genaral…so do not bother too much these things…It is just an idea to answer such questions…if u r a TL or TM then it will help…If u try to answer as it is then…it is a big problem for u and for the co. who will hire u…

#4 KYA on 05.17.08 at 3:37 pm

Good information. Thanks for your time and effort.

#5 jabbar on 05.29.08 at 6:45 pm

Pradeep Soundararajan is a nut ….one thing need to learn..respect other person views….

#6 Beena on 06.09.08 at 3:03 pm

hi….

#7 Pradeep Soundararajan on 06.10.08 at 1:42 pm

@KSR
Hi Mr.Pradeep SundarRajan(a big name!)..

How does it matter? However, you have misspelled it. It’s Pradeep Soundararajan

I guess, the idea of giving thre tools…Td, WR/LR & Cov.Tool is to tell that—One tells about a test management tool, the other functionalily / performance and the next / last would be about what is the test coverage…Looks reasonable….Assuming it is a normal development project which is ready for testing…

I would suggest Notepad, Excel and Word. I find it more plausible because I haven’t seen any testing projects run without them.

Those are tools, for sure.

When people say, “tools” in the testing context, they assume it to be “test automation tool”.

I am sure, when you are interviewd by NASA or NOKIA they will not ask such questions…

How do you know that? Did you attend them? Even if you have attended it is not NASA that asks questions but some people in it and you would never know what those people who did not interview you would ask.

but when you interviewd by Polaris, CJ, AppLabs etc…We can always cross question any interview answer..becuase it will be based up on his exp. or genaral…so do not bother too much these things…It is just an idea to answer such questions…if u r a TL or TM then it will help…If u try to answer as it is then…it is a big problem for u and for the co. who will hire u…

If an answer needs to be given without allowed to ask questions then I better not get hired.

@Jabbar,

Pradeep Soundararajan is a nut ….one thing need to learn..respect other person views….

Yes, he is a nut. Did the world change because of that?

#8 Krithika Prabhu on 06.26.08 at 8:51 am

Yes, The questions are more useful than the answers. The answers written here are just guidelines.

Be prepared for these types of questions but not with these same answers.

Useful info and Thanks for the views to learn a little bit more.

#9 Pro_lead on 07.01.08 at 8:00 am

It seems that Pradeep Soundararajan is frustrated team lead in some frustru company…..

The questions are good…and I think at PL/Pm level you have your mind to think and answer the questions based on your experience…
You dont need to by-hearth the answers give..

the answers are just a guideline……Good effort…and useful info indeed..
Pradeep Soundararajan needs a jaadu ki zhappi to calm him down….

#10 Pradeep Soundararajan on 07.01.08 at 8:03 am

Pradeep Soundararajan never is never frustrated with a frustrated company. He is self employed. He is India’s one of the fewest independent Test Consultant.

When Galelio said the world wasn’t flat, he sounded the funniest.

#11 Beena on 07.01.08 at 10:00 am

Hello Pradeep,
Vijay s just giving an idea for the ppl, who r new 2 this testing field. If u r interested read it, otherwise just give him good suggestion 2 make it more interesting.
“I am not sure where you collected these questions and whose answers are these.” u should not say these words,
if u really want to tel somthing u should say it in rude manner. U should b polite, like “In my opinion, the answers lack critical thinking…..”
Otherwise y? don’t u start ur own Blog…………?
This s my suggestion 2 u…
‘DOOSRE INSAAN PE UNGLI MAT UTHAOO’

#12 Pro_lead on 07.01.08 at 11:28 am

Hey Pradeep,
take it easy..
I understand that you are very much experienced and knowledgable person in this testing industry…

But you should not say this on your own..People should say this to you…

So India’s next Galileo…Be firm on the ground and have your head firm on your shoulders….eventhough u r a bigshot in this field….

Guide and help others rather than criticizing …….

#13 Pradeep Soundararajan on 07.01.08 at 12:45 pm

@Pro_lead

So India’s next Galileo…Be firm on the ground and have your head firm on your shoulders….eventhough u r a bigshot in this field….

Galelio doesn’t need instructions from someone on what he needs to do.

@Beena,

U should b polite, like “In my opinion, the answers lack critical thinking…..”
Otherwise y? don’t u start ur own Blog…………?

Blog, what is it?

#14 Beena on 07.02.08 at 9:25 am

Hello Prdeep,
This softwretestinghelp.com itself s one blog.
Blog “usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video”.
I hope u got……….:)

#15 KAT22 on 07.10.08 at 5:47 am

Good one

#16 BCJ on 07.16.08 at 5:37 am

I forgot why I came in here :)

#17 Pradeep Soundararajan on 07.28.08 at 8:51 am

oye pradeep pra,
tu sirfira maaloom padta hai…chittar padne hain 2 bas te teri akal thikane aa jaaugi..
sale, ek tobande ne FAQ likha hai doosrun ke benefit ke liye aur tu hai ke chik chik kiye jaa raha hai…chopp ho ja warna jaan se jaayega….
bada aaya test consultant-woh bhi independent.
suniya se independednt kar dunga sale ko

@hahainvisible,

Dear brave person who disclosed who is he/she,

I am glad what I wrote irritated you because its a trait of bad testers to get irritated by good stuff.

I suspect that this forum is technical and I challenged thoughts ( which is good for the community to better ) versus you and others challenging a person and not his ideas.

Using foul language makes you a feel better and makes you not realize you are one of the worst souls.

I bet you wont because you love being what you are.

Skilled software testing is not for people like you. A writing should offer thought process and not stop it. I bet those who responded to me are the ones who don’t like a better thought process.

Good for you!

#18 Vijay on 07.28.08 at 2:26 pm

Hi all,
Debating and arguing about any issue is fine but please stop using comment threads to spread hate speech.

Here many readers are getting helpful information from expert comments left by software testing professionals so please do not ruin the meaningful conversations on SoftwareTestingHelp.com

#19 Vijay on 07.28.08 at 2:40 pm

BTW, for those who are not familiar with name “Pradeep Soundararajan”:
Pradeep Soundararajan is a very respected person in software testing industry.
You can reach him at:
http://testertested.blogspot.com/

#20 VR on 08.29.08 at 5:33 pm

Dear Guys,

I have been working with Pradeep for the last few month & I have seen him very closely. He is out here only to give a few inputs and share a few views which would do something good for the testing community. He is not a fighter nor is interested to be one.

I could only say one thing here, if you don’t like any views, leave it – there is no need to criticize.

It’s a forum to share…

#21 Simple Minds on 09.15.08 at 8:15 am

1) “To each his own”.
Context has a place of its own in all fields including testing.

2) I think we can take some inspiration from the following:
“It is only breaking up those walls and opening up those windows of mind will bring that fresh wind, that will build the ‘Innovative India’ of our dreams.”

The world has benefited enough from Galileo I think.

#22 Ansh on 10.04.08 at 7:54 pm

Dear Pradeep, Vijay, VR,

Being a respected person is a good thing, rather a respected one. Though, that should come by a community of people and not just … you know. Anyways, my whole point of writing here is that, all the people on this earth have different opinions and they have rights to demonstrate their opinions about something. Which is very much fair. Only thing is, it is very easy to criticize something. Somebody tried answering something, if one does not agree and have intention to challenge that, then why dont he/she put forward his/her answer in right manner?

Again, criticizing anything is so damn easy providing an answer is equally difficult.

So, please maintain the dignity on the forum (this goes for all).

(P.S. I have 30 ppl who can write in my favor here. Just a point to prove that what a person is, lies in the hitherto words and not shalls,)

#23 Kishore on 10.21.08 at 4:53 am

Hi vijay,
Good article,
whatever has happened in the above posts is infact a inbuilt characteristics. Its in our blood, We just can’t cheer other’s success. I am shocked to read such comments by the civilised and litireate fellow member.
Such articles, forums, comments are posted to clear doubts and share information amongst members. Not to fight and show egoism.

Best regards
kishore sharma

#24 Ritesh on 10.29.08 at 9:26 am

Hiya,
I really appreciate author of blog to put the questions, i believe if someone is in Testing to get on to TL/TM level interview they have idea about the context, which is quite obvious.
however i believe the idea behind putting the question is to just share information about questions.
keep up good work fella.

Cheers
Ritesh

#25 Ranjan on 10.30.08 at 8:26 am

Dear,
Dont Assume yourself a great person. Still James Bach and other Gurus are telling they are peanut in the sea of Testing.

So Please share your thoughts in polite manner, if you really want people to accept your views.

#26 Sharmila Juvekar on 02.25.09 at 11:50 am

This information is useful to basic preparation for the interview. It gives the idea and do some sort of braqinstormimg as well. Good One!

#27 Mickyme on 05.27.09 at 7:52 am

Guys…dont you all think that we are digressing from the topic. People come to this forum to get some inputs and provide theirs for others benefit. But what I see is a war going on…

@Pradeep
Dear…if you feel the answers provided are not correct and needs critical thinking. Why dont you post your answers. May be that could be of some help tp the forum…..

#28 Manohar on 06.18.09 at 10:30 am

Hi All,

It is ver interesting.

#29 Krishh on 06.24.09 at 10:48 am

Who is this guy(Pradeep). people say a great name in testing field. I think this has problem in understanding the things. everybody knows that softwaretestinghelp.com posts, discusses, publishes,blogs about testing terms, topics, experiences. And whatever being discussed or posted here refers to software testing. So, term like setting up chemical lab and all is a waste of time and foolishness.

#30 Shikhar on 07.12.09 at 8:30 am

Hi All,

What ever questions have been given here are definitely good, and relevant. Now lets add/edit this list so that we all can gain from all the experience here.

#31 mahesh on 07.20.09 at 8:51 am

Dear All,

The above question’s are really Good, but the answers are mentioned as per their domain and experience,

I mean if any body like ” Pradeep Soundararajan” need to current he need to give guidence to the above answer were his points should give value addition to the testing group commute who are really need of some valuable answers”

sorry i hurt any body.

Redgs,
Mahesh

#32 HellBoy on 11.08.09 at 5:02 pm

Hey Guys! I agree with pradeep, Instead of looking it in other angles why you all just pouncing on him? I didn’t get it.. In testing there is no single or the correct answer. We should set or know the context first.
I would like to thank the one who has posted the questions. Good ones..

Have fun love life !

#33 Raj on 01.20.10 at 12:10 pm

I am really a foreigner to this blog but can certainly say that etiquettes of communication and respecting each other’s view are missing especially with Pardeep.

Dear Pardeep no one is perfect and either not imperfect it is just the situation make us alike.

I went through your profile on linkdin http://in.linkedin.com/in/testertested it is impressive.

As probably you know, while one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” No one is superior or inferior but your thinking making so.

Being a good consultant (be as a tester or any stream) one must learn trick to handle peoples. Software, computers are like a donkey they behave as human being like them to.

Overall enjoyed this blog – thanks to everyone for valuable time and contribution.

Just for information, I am a consultant with 15 years experiences in ERP, and retail / investment banking domain so any specific question please send me email on rose_int4 at yahoo

#34 vishal on 01.20.10 at 11:19 pm

Guys need help from you, I am going for test lead position in one of the banks in india, can any one send me the relevant questions related to lead position, above questions were helpful but I need more, vpathania@gmail.com

#35 Ravi on 01.25.10 at 10:33 am

Pradeep Soundarrajan does not have any other job…
Guys please do not refer his answers…. Overall a good job by STH portal….

#36 Rujuta on 01.26.10 at 7:32 pm

Hi all,
I am searching some useful questions for Test Lead Interview.
I really appreciate the ‘http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com’ blog and always refer it whenever I need some information on Software Testing. But after reading this conversation I really get disappointed. Mr. Vijay has mentioned only 3 questions on this topic and I am expecting few more questions.
Rather than arguing, it will be helpful to others if you could add few more questions and guidelines about Test lead interview.
I have couple of Questions –
What was the biggest challenge you had while you work as lead?
How do you manage conflicts in your team?

Thanks,
Rujuta

#37 Sandeep Maher on 01.27.10 at 4:58 pm

Rujuta,

Let me try and help.

To a Test Lead I would ask questions related to Estimation, test strategising, customer management & liaison, automation, reporting, check her responses to real life test scenarios, team management & those related to and arising from his resume. Generally I would spend good time assessing her for different aspects and would not hesitate to ask for support should that be needed in terms of say she has worked on a tool on which I have no exposure etc.

Typical questions would be:
1. How do you estimate multi-browser testing?
2. How do you defend testing estimates when someone questions saying it is too stretched?
3. What will be your response if someone asks you to test in 3 days when you estimate it to take 3 times more?
4. How do you deal with a resource who is non-productive? What steps do you take to step up morale of a person or a team especially during times when they have to work late hours?
5. What automation test frameworks are you familiar with? which one were you associated with which served well and why?
6. If a customer reports UAT problems and asks why was it not found in system testing what will be your response?
7. Typical reporting standards… Test Metrics that best serve ones needs…

And so on… I really do not have a standard list by the way. I just keep the context in mind and probe as deeply as possible.

Hope this helps. I can only suggest that you speak from experience if the question related to it else you answer soaked in honesty & pragmatism (i.e. which you will follow sincerely if you are in that situation).

#38 Asmi on 02.03.10 at 12:18 pm

Hey Sandeep good Questions.

#39 Puneet on 02.22.10 at 5:41 am

Hi I am visiter here, But found very agressive behaviour by few people.

Please be calm!! and try to learn from these blogs. don’t try to show to people how much educated and how much talented you are!!

Happy Learning,
Puneet

#40 aditya on 02.24.10 at 5:02 pm

Thank you . its very useful..

#41 Ansel on 02.25.10 at 3:08 pm

Vijay,
Question: A project has Data Issues (not sure what is the Data issue exactly), and you are placed as a Test Manager.What would you do to resolve it ? – (its a Front office – to Back office Test Model- Banking domain). Plz suggest from a Test Manager perspective

#42 Bharat on 03.05.10 at 7:08 am

hello everybody

#43 Yugandhar on 04.19.10 at 7:16 am

Ansel,

Data Issues in project reffers to many types. That might be problem with the Database Dileverables to the deployed environements. If this is the case as a test manager you should look into the data migration strategy to the Client environmment from Testing environment. Noramally these issues are reproduced in live enviornement.

If the issue with Configuration data (Meta Data of any product setup) , this also called as Data Issue.

In testing enviorenment these might not be reproduced. This shows the need of meturty in datamigration strategy.

Hope this will answer questions. Please let me know if you need further info..

#44 Sups on 05.20.10 at 10:03 am

Guys…… Everyone is here to learn and gain knowledge. Please use your energies for that purpose only.

@Sandeep- Good Questions.

#45 Dans on 06.04.10 at 10:16 am

Can some one give me interview questions for a Test Manager?

#46 Manish on 07.08.10 at 10:54 am

Friends,

Please stop all this and we al are here to learn and share, This is an knowledge repository and we all need to maintain and ensure the dignity on/of the forum.

I really appreciate the author to put the good question and also good to see pradeeps answer, please take this as a real inputs, I believe and sure that if we/someone is in Testing profession then they had faced many ups and down in your positins. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE / INSULT seniors with their profession. It is quite obvious such kind of questons may arive to you at any stage of your position and we all MUST believe the idea behind putting such questions in your mind tray is to just share information about questions.

Okay!! let shake-hand and start shart sharing…

Note: Visitors – please do not write on the comments / debat happen so far… just start sharing now.

#47 Chris on 07.30.10 at 4:01 am

Is this an indian blog? no doubt people are fighting like cats and dogs, why are indians like this? this is the reason india is still a developing nation. they always fight amongst themselves

#48 Pradeep Soundararajan on 08.16.10 at 10:33 am

@Chris,

Whichever country you are, I got to be reminding you that fighting isn’t a bad thing when people are trying to help themselves improve or better their ideas.

Wester countries have waged more war than India. The word “developing” is a present tense. The word “developed” is a past tense. While we like to remain “developing” you may want to remain “developed”.

#49 Mayasen on 08.16.10 at 12:53 pm

You are right Pradeep.

Dear Chris,

If you have any good stuff then share here. This is the place to make query, share experience, providing knowledge support; but not for judging others. I think you need to grow more mentally. Anyhow. Thanks to visit this blog. But try to avoid hurting others feelings.

#50 sachin on 08.16.10 at 1:28 pm

I m looking a job in software testing.

#51 sachin on 08.16.10 at 1:30 pm

I am fresher & i am looking job in software testing.

#52 Swoyam on 10.28.10 at 5:27 am

Hi All,

I found a very good conversation here. Looking to all these between the Questioner with answers and Pradeep, I have come out with a scenario. Think your answers are similar with the questioner and Pradeep is an interviewer defending you for your answers. What will you do? What answers will help you out to get through the interview making your interviewer happy. Think again.

#53 Venkatesh on 11.02.10 at 10:24 pm

i really like the conversations…day to day its growing like a “Hanuman’s TAIL” :)…i feel before answering we should think twice…it should look like a positive competation…and moreover in any org we should always to create a heathy and contributory environment rather than a competition environment

#54 KVK on 11.10.10 at 1:35 pm

Dear All,

I feel that this blog/forum is being mis-utilized.
However, i really appreciate the person who has posted the Questions and Answers(1st one) and Sandeep Maher as well.

See, the main objective of having blogs/forums is to share the knowledge and not to defend each other.
My dear friends, let’s share our best practices from our jobs and see if they can fit in as suggestions for others, who undergo the same situations.

1.Please share some challenging responsibilities that you have had in your current organization.
2.Post all the questions that you were asked when you have attended the last interview.(If possible provide answers)
3.Please post the suggestions for developing our career in testing.(Towards continous growth)

Let us make this blog an interesting one for all the software test professionals who can guage the market standards.

Best Regards,
KVK

#55 Raghu on 01.06.11 at 2:04 am

Hi Friends, It is getting out of time to collect correct information, as I am going to hit TL position. Pl. any one of you have “Books” on “Interview Questions for Testing Lead” or any other books to refer?

Thanks
Raghu
lotusraghu@gmail.com

#56 Srikanth on 02.21.11 at 7:19 am

Hello Moderator,

Please take this suggestion if applicable or please ignore.

This blog is a very useful blog to many people. Please delete unnecessary posts as soon as you find them.

Thanks,
Srikanth

#57 KB on 02.25.11 at 4:00 pm

Pradeep Soundararajan, have you ever interviewed testers!!! These are good questions. Now read on….. Interviewing is as much about finding the candidates technical skills as it is about giving them scenarios and seeing how they respond. Your responses are right – whats the project? What is my role? etc etc And if a candidate asked this I would see them as active in seeking out more information. Its as much about seeing a candidate process a scenario and think on their feet as it is about the answer itself. Candidates who cannot do this basic skill don’t get recruited by me.

#58 Reddy on 03.01.11 at 3:50 pm

Hey Pradeep,

Cool man,,, It’s individual perception, and you are not the Testing Guide for the people. I feel the Answers are correct. If you have better answers please help the people to learn new things.

It clearly shows you have lot of Ego, and i can’t image people directly reporting to you… Ohh My God Save them form this professor…

Cool…

#59 S.Anbalagan on 03.03.11 at 7:46 am

hi….
i’m doing M.sc(CS), i am interest in software testing, but i don’t have idea about testing. so please send me some ideas in testing. thank you.

#60 Trinadh on 03.23.11 at 7:35 am

Pradeep,
I respect your confidence and command on the subject. I would appreciate if you can guide the fellow friends out here with more thoughtful questions not necessarily just for the sake of interviews but also to share the experience and knowledge. “Knowledge is divine”
Also I recommend you accepting the emotional angle of the fellow friends out her.

All Friends,
The questions posted were good, Testing involves lot of subjectivity, not necessary that you find a specific answer for the questions, coz it is a not a math where u have only one answer. Though Pradeep’s comments were bit rude, but have the thought in it. No matter Pradeep change his style or not, let’s move on with healthy discussions and knowledge transfers.

My sincere thanks to all my friends out here who posted the questions and who provided the valuable comments to the questions and answers posted.

Regards,
Trinadh

#61 nag on 04.16.11 at 7:19 pm

Hai friends ……
I think This is very good platform to learn the more subject……
anyone .. can u send about “joins” ina data base testing..

#62 Pradeep Kumar on 04.26.11 at 9:00 am

Hai Friends,
I have done MCM in 2010,University of pune.i searched job in software testing plse send the Walk-in interview for pune location send interview details in mail id

prdp.sahu18@gmail.com

#63 new on 04.26.11 at 4:55 pm

You guys are foolish to question Pradeep. This guy comes here and tells you why the answers are insufficient and gives examples of what might be sufficient, but I see so many complaints about hurt feelings. Grow up. Don’t say “Well you were mean in the way you corrected my mistake.” That’s what a child says when scolded. BTW Pradeep seems to be the 1/2 on here who types competently as well.

#64 tester on 05.05.11 at 7:06 am

Guys,

Why struggle with answers to such questions.
Testing is risky career, if you testing ,,well you are labelled negative and blocking timely delivery, if you go slack you get blamed for bad quality, if you do balancing act then you are puncihsed for not automating and reducing cost (all the cost reduction initiatives in IT projects are focussed on testing).
In india companies like tech mahindra in pune the HR and resourcing team feels anybody can do testing, so they introduced hire and fire in testing in the year 2009-2010. No tester is allowed to continue beyond one year test manager need to joing BPO group and run call center after one year as test manager.
So dont break heads trying to answer this kind of questions for which there are no one right answers. Get out of test career and get respect in job market.
More books have been written on soft ware testing methods and processes than software development and design methods and processes, indicating any body who to write book on IT can easilty write one on testing, that is why we end up like this with this kind numerous methodolgies which get us no where in testing
cheer s and good luck
laid off tester at tech mahindra who made it big in development by learning data ware housing

cheers and good luck

#65 Ramesh on 05.26.11 at 5:45 am

Hi All,
I am working in a reputed company as a Sys. Admin & this is my second company. I was working as a Production & Testing Engg for 6 months. I pursed my career as a Sys. Admin & now i wanan change my domain to Testing. Can someone sugegst or advise how to switch over to testing domain. I have basic knowledge in testing too. Please get back to at the earliest.

Regards,
Ramesh
+91 8971541572

#66 Sharmila Juvekar on 06.21.11 at 10:13 am

Good Questions. Got some hint about management level interview questions. Would be good if all other testing area could cover in this like planning, estimation, etc…

#67 prash on 07.07.11 at 12:27 pm

Pradeep

There is no doubt that u r talented then why u vesting u r talent in insulting people. If you r consultant then u should speak with others very politely. People always look for the talented people like u for enhance their knowledge but be polite that will help you a lot in u r life

#68 test Engineer on 09.19.11 at 3:35 pm

Hi Chris ..

Dont comment anything about India . We are Indians and we do what we wanted …We learn from others mistakes as well thats testing ..so its not a place to take chance of telling bad about india and indians …We r there everywhere .. Soon our brain will be the master for everything .. just with the name developed ..be in past as developed …we keep developing ur nation as well

#69 tirumalanath on 02.03.12 at 5:36 am

“Pradeep – a Big name in testing”, why not, if you go on fighting with everyone on groups and blogs, definetly you will become famous. That is what is he is doing.
I have listen to the Pradeep’s podcast “tester’s tested”. He start off very well, asking different questions and putting across different views but the problem with this guys is that he don’t have any relevant answers to his own questions. You can google for the podcast and listen.

#70 sai on 05.18.12 at 7:01 am

plz farward testing faq’s on 1+years experience.

#71 Elizabeth on 06.08.12 at 9:14 am

I’ve been working in testing for 10+ years and there no one ‘here is the solution to all your problems’ answer to any of the hypothetical problems described in the post which you all find so exhilarating to debate the finer points of.

Like Pradeep said, any solution to any problem depends on your position in the project and the type of project it is. In testing context is everything and ‘across the board solutions’ do not solve everything (in fact they rarely solve anything)

As for the person who thinks that testing is a negative career and you will get labelled for being a tester – I once found a bug in a CMS system, which if it had gone live, would have impacted 6500 users and potentially cost the company millions of $$’s. Nothing negative about that, in fact quite the opposite.

But then these are all things that time and experience in testing will show you. In the meantime, have the good grace and common sense to accept good advice gracefully. It will stand you in good stead to realise that not every person who says ‘have you considered’ is rubbishing your stated opinion, they are just offering a more experienced perspective.

#72 Adam on 06.08.12 at 9:34 am

When I interview test leads or managers I do not ask them cut and dry questions like this. I always say:

‘Drawing on your own experience give me an example of how you personally….
‘Added quality to a product’
‘Improved an internal software delivery process’
‘Solved a communications block’
‘Decided on the best automated solution for a problem’
‘Rejected automated solutions to a problem’
‘Found the biggest bug of your career’
‘Recruited people for a test position’
‘Decided a role was for you’
‘Decided a role was not for you’

The only “right” answers to those scenarios are ‘I have no experience of doing that’ or ‘here is the experience I have of doing that’

The only reason to look for the answers to questions like this on the internet are because you do not have the experience of doing the job. Therefore you should not be applying for the tl/tm role.

This may sound harsh but it is true.

#73 David Greenlees on 06.08.12 at 11:27 am

Oh my… That is about all that springs to mind after reading the reactions to Pradeep. I’m from Oz and I’m not here to bash culture or anything similar. I will admit that I can’t read your language, so forgive me if I’ve missed something.

I’ve read accusations of Pradeep being rude, etc. but I don’t see it. He has offered a debate (the one true thing that betters our craft) and has been hammered for it. Not only that, he has been very respectful in his replies. That is truly an amazing thing after being called a ‘nut’. I’m not sure that many others would be so restrained.

How many of you are ‘ISTQB certified’? Go and have a look at their code of ethics and count how many you’ve just ignored. Now, I’m no fan of the ISTQB but I am familiar with the syllabus and that it refers to being stripped of your certification if you don’t comply with the ethics… think about it.

Oh, by the way… as soon as you post anything on the WWW (the world’s largest public forum) you have to be ready for open comments. You offer information or advice, prepare to be critiqued.

Now, can any of you offer a better debate for Pradeep? Instead of just calling him names and telling him he’s rude? I really would like to read that, because that IS when we learn.

#74 Testing interview questions and answer on 08.17.12 at 5:29 pm

This is really a great blog, might you be involved in doing an interview about how you created it? If so e-mail me!

#75 Rakesh Singh Test Manager on 09.26.12 at 8:38 pm

How would you handled the situation if developer lowering the priority…you are saying P2 and they are saying P3…and they are stick on it.

Answer:You will do the impact analysis as per severity guidelines defind in test Plan and show the urgency of dependency of other test cases if any.
2.or if you are following the agile process then daily meeting you will raise the urgency and impact in meeting with your justification to avoid any surprise in next stage of testing…any good anser always welcome. reason: one question can have 1000 answers.
happy testing…

#76 Rakesh Singh Test Manager on 09.26.12 at 8:41 pm

A member of my team keeps coming in late. I have mentioned it a couple of times but she still continues to do so, saying it’s traffic or the train. The other members of the team are getting fed up with it. What can I do?

#77 Rakesh Singh Test Manager on 09.26.12 at 8:46 pm

I agree about questions asked in the starting in this blog are valid and very good questions.

#78 rishi on 12.28.12 at 12:05 pm

pradeep bro
you are 100%perfect.i love your attitude.
no one cant understand ur intention that this answers will lead others to think in a wrong way.
thanx for ur information

#79 manik on 01.19.13 at 3:55 pm

hello frnds nd author of site pls tell me if i have 1 yr exp. then what interview question can be asked and can u give que about database testing……thx to all of u

#80 manik on 01.19.13 at 4:36 pm

I need sample test case, test data and test plan. Please send to my mail is anybody is having. thank you….
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#81 Abraham on 02.15.13 at 6:48 am

Hi,
Please stop all the bull shit talk first. first time i am visiting this forum , i got this bad coverresation and not matured talks.

If any one is having proper experice in MNC companies as test manager then please give me some questions and answers of some interview questions for Test lead. P

#82 Siddiq on 04.05.13 at 3:59 pm

Pradeep is the principal of straight forwardness school of testing.

No doubt that his words are straight onto the face of so called TESTER(s). One thing is “HE IS TRUE” in his regard.

How many of us are confused reading his blog or his comments? How many are frustrated and criticize him simply doesn’t matter to him or us! When some thing comes our way we shall be capable of withstanding, understanding and implementing it. Pradeep is a Tsunami.

Think rational, act wise and earn the respect! until then you won’t understand him or testing.

Thanks,
Siddiq

#83 Samanta on 04.25.13 at 12:32 pm

Hi siddiq & Pradeep

Can you pls shut your mouths. Should we take a call? Just do own work irrespective of enjoying in the blog/article.Don’t try to divert others in bad world.

#84 Thomas on 05.17.13 at 12:44 am

Hi Pradeep,

The questions are good. Most of the above questions i may have different answer. It all depends on the experience and the issues you have faced. The above questions gives lot of confidence to the people attending the interview.

Who told you that requirement is not changing? Are you using the Requirement doc which was prepared initially at the end of the release? There are certain projects which accepts data from the 3rd party application if the data format has changed will your application works? Does that a requirement change?

The heading is Software testing interview questions Test manager why are you referring this questions for the Chemical Lab interview?

If you are having 8 years of exp and working as a Sr Test engineer. A company is looking for a Test lead and saw your resume they find that you may fit for their position. You have cleared the interview will you be joining there? If so then you are new to Test Lead position, you are new to the company and their policy.

So just leave the answers see the questions. Encourage him for putting his effort on preparing these questions. The first quality a TL or TM is to have a mind to encourage his/her team mates.

Why don’t you put some questions and answers (Not a mandatory) which can be asked for the Interview? If you can do so I do agree with your stand.

#85 Neo on 07.03.13 at 6:17 pm

One thing is for sure, most of them who have visited this blog may be to have a look, what would/can be asked during a lead interview, so if you have better suggestions please contribute…. rather saying dont apply for the job if you have experience blah blah…, i have a request to all those who have raising lot criticism, share knowledge or at least appreciate/suggest the people who are doing it.

#86 makoko on 08.29.13 at 7:53 pm

typical

#87 Aakash on 09.25.13 at 9:10 pm

This is very good log. made b(ig)log by funny human(s) like Pardeep…. why every pradeep i come across behave like that…. is it some thing in name or what

#88 Nuke on 10.31.13 at 7:48 pm

Where is part 2 or has the original blogger just given up hope ;-)
@Pradeep
Thanks for all your useful insight and input.

#89 sowndharya on 12.24.13 at 7:18 am

thanks for your valuble information……….

#90 sowndharya on 12.24.13 at 7:19 am

a lots of useful informations..

#91 MM han on 01.21.14 at 6:22 pm

@ Pradeep…U are really testing testers!! Kudos.

By the way ..criticism..It testers weapon!!

#92 nuka on 02.10.14 at 6:15 pm

Everybody relax… and just chill…
its good to share views,
constructive feedback/suggestions are good…

just take the feedback in a positive manner..at the end of the day it will help you…

#93 shamij on 03.09.14 at 9:44 pm

Preparing for istqb test manager..any question set available for prep up

#94 Subrat on 11.02.14 at 5:16 am

Can Any one of u explain me what is cross browser testing ?
what is the diff. between cross browser and multi browser ?

#95 Subrat on 11.03.14 at 11:11 am

Explain 5 risks in an e-commerce project. Identify the personnel that must be involved in the risk analysis of a project and describe their duties. How will you prioritize the risks?

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