How to Prepare for Software Testing Interview

A colleague of mine recently asked me, “Where should I start with for preparation of an interview? It's almost 2 years I have faced any interview.”

My answer was straightforward: (This will help for fresher as well as working professionals who want to switch the current job)

How to Prepare for Software Testing Interview!1

What do you need to know about software testing?

First basic thing – Testing Concepts: One needs to be very good at this especially the manual testing methodologies.  But only knowing different testing concepts is half work done. The next – most important thing is to know which type/technique/concept of testing can be applied at what stage of SDLC.

“What should I test and when” is very important. There might be some concepts, which are not applicable to what we, professional test in our company, but it's always better to have an idea of all testing practices.

Many freshers and working testing professionals have might not work on various testing domains like localization testing, time Zone testing, etc.

But knowing more than what you have worked on will help you better answer the different questions from the interviewer. I always try to keep my testing knowledge updated besides my current project work. This helped me a lot while switching my job some years ago.

What if an interviewer asks you a question on the topic, which you have never worked on? For example, you don't have any experience on web-based projects or client-server testing and the interviewer asks you to test the “Yahoo mail application”. Will you be able to answer this question? You can.

Even you have not worked on this type of projects. How? Your curiosity to learn the things you never have done before will help you in this case. So broaden your thinking area, be curious in every work and every query you face in your daily work routine.

Knowing more is harmless and will definitely help you at least to give your thoughts on the questions asked by the interviewer.

If you don't know any testing concept, Example: “Localization testing”, then try to learn the concepts first. Like – what would be localization testing?

It’s simple: Test if the application looks local for you while using. Then go on exploring. See for used colors, content, images, culture, etc, Different countries, locales have it in a different way.

Consider a web site that reads from right to left, is it accepted in countries other than the Middle East? Obviously NO. Or can you display the same geo-specific content in India what you can display in the US? Again NO. This is just a simple example of how you can learn unknown testing concepts.

The very essential part of a test engineer is “Thinking out of the box”. If you are not capable of thinking out of the box, believe me, testing is not for you.

What do you mean by thinking out of the box? Don't just follow the traditional methods. Implement new things in testing. Try to summarize, automate the routine testing work. Think from a user perspective. Think about how the user will use your application.

What common mistakes he can make or which tasks he can perform on your application? This way you will get an insight into any application and will also help to answer the questions in depth.

Besides from “curiosity to learn” you should upgrade your skill in the following areas:
– Some hands-on on basic database/SQL queries and concepts
– Any basic scripting language (For automation testing)
– Networking and system administration concepts will help you in system domain projects.

Do not just write the UI test cases, check what is happening inside the application. For application having database connection check for data updation, retrieving and in any case there should not be loss of data.

Get hold on the project. Know the application under test before starting to test it. Instead of looking in the requirement document, look into the architecture doc, design doc, sequence diagram, and activity flow diagram.

Most importantly you need to be perfect in what you mention in your CV. All the questions interviewer asks will be based on what you are specifying in your CV. So do not mention the skills you have not worked on, just for the sake of decorating the CV with multiple skills.

The key point in the interview is, You should make the interviewer feel that it was a complex application you were testing and had lot many challenges in it for a tester!

And one last thing – If you don't know the answer for a question, say so. Don't fool around and get into trouble.

If you have any query on “preparation for a testing interview” then comment it below.

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141 thoughts on “How to Prepare for Software Testing Interview”

  1. hi,
    I have completed my B.sc in 2003 as regular course
    then i have completed my M.sc in 2007 in correspondence. then after i got engaged in family.
    now i wish to work in testing.
    Is it possible for me to get a job and how to prepare initially.

  2. Hi Sumathi,

    Of course you can start your career now. I think this article be the good source for initial preparation.

    Prepare and perform well. Wishes…!!!

  3. hi i have done testing course i faced one interview they asked tel me the tools used in manual testing i said bugziala,excel sheet etc but they said this is not their r 8tools than they the traning insuite has nt teached properly pls tel me the tools used in manual testing

  4. Hi Aruna (#54)

    No need to get confused. We won’t use any tools for manual testing. If you are using the tool for testing then it will be an automation testing.

    As you said we can use Bugzilla, Excel, Manits, etc. kind of tool/app for reporting and bug tracking purpose.

  5. hi,

    I wanted to switch my career into software testing from toolmaking,for that i done my testing course(manual and tools)
    and i finished ISTQB(passed) exam.
    Now i am applying for jobs,please any one share the tips how to get interview and job.And how i can change my resume for testing jobs .please help me get into testing jobs

  6. What is the selection process for Software Testing? As in i am a fresher, BCA graduate 2010 passed out. Please help me in this regard. Tnx

  7. I have 2 years experience in development in VB6.0 and SQL Server 2005.but nw I want to change my domain to testing.Hw should I prepare for interview before going for it.secondly vll they treat me as fresher in this field

  8. Hi all i am Bcom graduate having 2 years of finance domain experiance & want to switch in testing should i get the job or not

  9. Hi,
    I am a java developer having 3 and half years of experiance now i want to switch over 2 testing, In my previous workspace i had some knowledge of testing should i get the job and how to convincing am really finding job for testing? give me suggestions

    thanks in advance
    kavitha

  10. I worked for ~2years in embedded testing and I have break for 2years after my marriage
    please suggest me how can I restart my career
    whether I need to go for old company or I can search by this.
    Now, I am staying at chennai
    please suggest me .
    pl

  11. I had completed my B.E. in 2007 after that i completed C-DAC and got job in software company, where i wprked for six months only.
    Now i am in telecom company but i want job in software testing.
    so pls suggest me what should i do to get job in testing.

  12. I have completed my b.sc in Csc in 2003 in regular
    then I completed my M.Sc C.Sc in 2007 in correspondence
    I have no experience in any of the field .
    But I wish to enter in software testing field. I am very hopeless because there is no extra qualifications or any experience. Is there any chances for me to get job. Please somebody answer me

  13. @sumathi don’t loose your hope….first u have to decide is really u want carrier in s/w testing ?if yes then choose best institute for testing course who have good real work exp. faculty,then gain good technical knowledge and put 1 year experience in your resume…u have to do work hard and keep doing your work…don’t get demoralize any time….may be your good time is infront of you now.

  14. can any one give me the soft copy of s/w testing material (manual and Automated) for preparetion, if any one is have that plz forward me through mail

    ThanQ
    To all

  15. Hi sir,
    I completed my B.Tech(I.T) in 2008 with an aggregate of 55%. I was doing job as a programmer now . I want to shift my carrier to Testing side .

    Is it possible to change from Programmine side to Testing Side by putting programming experience……..?

    Which testing tool is better in market now………?

    Can u please guide me ……….?

  16. I have finishe MCA, i hv done testing course, in interviews they r asking me that why am not into development & why r u looking for testing jobs, How to answer this ??plz help.Thanx in advance

  17. I finished MCA in 2006.i have onli 1 year of experience in Testing field. for , the past years i was not working due to some personal reasons, will i get job now help…

  18. Hi, Srinias here,

    im a b.com graduate, currently im working as graphic designer, im planning to change my platform to Testing. please advise me will it works or not?

  19. Hi,
    im divya here……
    Im a BE graduate …
    I have done software testing course found it interesting…want to continue my career in this field….
    i have updated my resume with all the relevent info and been looking for job from past 4 months but im not getting any proper opening ….could u pls suggest me hw to go abt the job search in this field…and also tel me some job websites……actually i have domain knowlege in networking …….

    regards
    Divya

  20. sir i have completed my mca in 2006 . iam working

    as gis engineer since 2007. paraller i complted my

    testingsting course recently. in gis field i worked on the

    telecom projects.now iam planning to move gis field

    to software test enginner. pls suggest me

    pojects

  21. hi, subash,
    Can you please tell me what may be the ETL Testing. I am trying to learn ETL Testing. Please give me some information

  22. Sir I have a doubt
    since automation testing is easier and can be done using the tool easily, then why we should go for mannual testing.

  23. Hi Friends,

    This is really an interesting and fantastic website for Job seekers ans well as employees, who can fire their queries and get the answers. It is a good platform to learn S/W testing and to clear your doubts…and to enrich your knowledge :)

  24. -> To Shilpee Naik,

    If the Client don’t want to spend more money on Testing and if iterative work is not required, in that case they prefer Manual Testing.

    Choosing the Testing methodoly depends on Resources and Operational Cost.

  25. Hello I am completed my BE(CS) in 2009.I have undergone a course in manual testing as well as selenium testing tool.Please help me how to get interview calls as I am not getting any calls.
    Can I get a job in testing at this stage.

  26. Hi friends,
    I am a B.E/ECE graduvate and am working in retail sales. i like to swtich in software testing field. Pls mhelp me out to get some material to prepare for interview.

  27. i want information how to write test cases and bug efficient way which is understandable by developer.you show effecient way excel sheet any wessite test cases and bug report.

  28. hello,
    i have done my B.E in 2010 , n i did’nt get the job from my relevent field. so right now i m doing software testing cource, but i get trouble when somebody ask me …… what u have done in this period… or why you choose software testing?….. why you want to be a sofware tester…. ?
    but i haven’ t a proper answer… plz help me.. and tell me answer abt the relevent questions. which will help me in interview time …. thank u

  29. hi sir,
    I completed my B.E(CSE) IN 2011 with an aggregate of 52%,due to some family issues i have got a long delay in my graduation of about 4 yrs…..
    i am intrested in testing field,will i get a job in testing field,
    will they hire me as a test engineer………..
    pls send me reply

  30. Dear vijay

    Your message of s/w testing was inspirable and informative and yet simple,I hope you to reply so as being completed my B.E 1 and half year ago,Now i have done my testing course ,and i want to fake a year experience,can i do that now,and which would be the domain i can do that…

  31. Dear Sir,

    Im Sridevi and I got 5 yrs exp.. in Network Protocol (L2/L3)testing but now I would like to change my field to software testing. Is that posible? if so please guide me how and what to prepare

  32. very nice useful information boss..
    really worth of reading it..
    plz share some of the experience if any one, if u ppl wud have faced any interview on automation testing concepts,Performance testing and on QC concepts n questions on experience on these tools..

  33. How to prepare for Testing Interviews ?

    From Where I get some real type example of testing documents ?

    Tools used… Every thing relatedd to Testing Services.

  34. sir, i am 2009 paasout … have done MCA from banasthali university. i have 2 year of experience as a software developer after that i didn’t able to do job bcaz of health problem… but now i wanna to come back by switching SOFTWARE TESTING … wt should i do ? how can i enter myself in a sortware company as a software tester for this where to start preparation any certification just advice me…

  35. Hi,
    I have completed B.Sc. with physics and maths in 2011 then I completed PGDCA through correspondance in 2012.
    Then I came to Gurgaon and I worked in a BPO for 6 month.I was very confused abt my carrier that wt to do
    One person suggest me for software testing.I have done a manual testing course. Bt I don’t get any call for interview. I hv mention the experience of BPO in my CV and I get call only for BPO. Please suggest me Wt I do? Should I mention the experience of BPO in my CV or not? Please help me how can I get a job?

  36. hi, in 2010 i was working as testing engineer,
    from past one yr am not working now again i want to start my career, but am not getting from where should i start..
    please suggest me how to prepare for my interviews..

  37. Hi I am going to have face to face interview in capgemini . In the final round they are going to give me a case study for testing. Can u provide some book name, or other book so I can prepare for different test case study.its urgent. Looking forward for ur reply.thanks in advance

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