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6 Most Common QA Test Lead/Manager Interview Questions (with Answers and our Tips)

STH is back with yet another interview series. This one is for QA/Test lead position. We are going to cover few most common but important QA test lead/manager interview questions and answers.

As always, we will follow the pattern of explanation based answers rather than politically correct ones. Let’s begin.

Typically QA interviewers test all interviewees in 3 major areas: Continue reading →

Tips to Prepare for Virtual and Presentation Based QA Interviews – New Interview Trends (Part 2)

We are on the trail to understand the changes that are taking place in the IT industry’s job market.

Smaller/shorter resumes are already preferred by many employers. Head on over to our previous article in this series if you haven’t already to check out the details and sample of a 1 or 2-page resume.


This article is going to be on interviews. There are two (or maybe three) things we will talk about here (of course, with plenty of samples and examples). Continue reading →

6 Questions to Determine if a Candidate is Fit for the QA Job

As technology is growing and software is becoming an integral part of human life, expectations for better application, service and user experience are rising.

Gone are the days when a customer was visiting the market for 5 times to check different brands, quality and cost before buying an Air Conditioner. Nowadays, those big decisions are being taken while sitting on a comfy chair and sipping coffee.  Continue reading →

How to Figure Out What QA Job Best Suits You Based on Your Skills?

Job searching is probably the most stressful and overwhelming part of our careers.

There is just something about it, that gets to even the best of us. I am not going to say, this post will change that. However, there is one bit of the tiring process that we will try and simplify- and that is, “What kind of a job can you aspire for, with the skills you possess?”

QA Jobs and SKills

Every job post/ad/requirement comes with its own set of primary/required/mandatory skills & good-to-have and Continue reading →

11 Ways You Know You’re a Tester..

When you know, you are a tester ….

Some specific characteristics of a REAL TESTER, from my pen:

when you know you are a tester

#1. When a bug, seen but not reproduced, makes you sleepless:

While testing the application related to online transaction, you observed that there were two debits for single Continue reading →

8 Proven Ways to Manage Stress as a Software Testing Professional

Living in an era, where everything seems to be a slave of that machine called CLOCK, it’s not that easy to stay away from problems.

While making a coffee for yourself in the morning, if you are creating a timetable for the day and running around the whole day to achieve the listed tasks, then you are most welcomed to this post :).

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10 Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Career in Software Testing

After spending almost a decade in the software testing industry, I think I am eligible to write down the learnings. :)

Most of the time, I have been asked, whether I do any testing with current role?

My answer is, YES, always!

As I have written in many STH posts in past, software testing is about mind and eyes and not about years of experience, it really is expected to grow with experience. Continue reading →

5 Things a Beginner Developer (and Tester) Should Know About Software Testing

Whole conference room went silent and after waiting for couple of minutes, I could not keep patience and had to repeat my question:

Who would like to join testing team?

We had 20 trainees on board and they were being trained on different aspects of software projects. Leads and managers from different departments like business analysis, development, testing, and sales held meetings with those Continue reading →

How Important is it for a Tester or Developer to Communicate with Each Other?

To start with the discussion of the above-said topic, I wish to take a real-life example:

Imagine a husband and a wife, living in the same house, are not communicating with each other. Or let’s say there is nothing to communicate between them. They just text each other if anything important needs to be taken care of. Otherwise, both are busy with their own lives and do not disturb/take care much about each other. What happens after days? A frustration rises, irritation multiplies, anger surfaces and finally an explosion occurs. Any relationship strengthens only if there are frequent communications, rare fights and multiple agreements and celebrations exist with each other.

Now, compare the above situation with the software project lifecycle.

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How Would My First Day be in QA Tester Job? Which is the Best QA Certification? Which Automation Tool Should I Learn? – All Answered

3 Most Common Questions that baffle the QA beginners – answered

STH’s recent venture into QA teaching courses has given a wonderful insight into some of the common questions and inhibitions that plague the new-comers’ minds. While we answer them in sessions for our course participants, we thought making a list of these questions and posting them on our site with answers might be really beneficial to the ardent readers of STH.

So, here we decided to address the 3 questions that come up most. I mean it; in every batch, we get these questions….

  1. How would my first day be in my new QA tester job? What if I am not able to live up to the expectations?
  2. Which testing is QA certification best and more valued?
  3. What if I learn a certain tool, a certain technology and a certain language, and the employer is looking for something else?

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