Software Testing Questions and Answers Part 2

Introduction:

This article is the part of software testing question and answers series. Here I will answer some reader’s questions asked to me in comments or using the contact form. If you have queries on software testing, quality assurance or career in testing then you can ask me these questions in the comment section below.

It's not possible to address each and every question in detail as I observed the questions are on vast topics, for which detail answers will itself require a new article. I will answer such questions in brief here and will also write detail articles separately if required.

Software Testing Questions and Answers

So let's get some questions answered

Naresh A. asks:

“My past experience was related to “Test Engineer”. Recently I am appointed as Test Lead in a product based company. Currently, there is no Pre-established testing process.

As a TL am meant to define a standard process for the entire testing flow and I will maintain certain documents for each product.

Can you help me out in establishing a process for testing, and make me know the entire responsibilities of TL and what documents I am supposed to prepare and maintain?”

As a team leader, you are responsible for project planning, scheduling, communicating your project status to your manager and most important task of assigning and monitoring the project work. Your main responsibility is to build a team to achieve your project goals. You need to focus on handling the challenges in your project so that your team and project will grow and perform well.

As far as the standard testing process is considered, it depends on you – what procedure you want to establish. Yes, some people might blame me for this point but I prefer to establish my own processes that work for me.

I don't stick to those old process definitions that are written and managed in some '90s and most of which might not applicable nowadays.

Test lead is responsible for ensuring project plan changes are incorporated in the test plan. You might write a test plan and test strategy (In some cases it might be written by a senior test team member or even by project test manager) Ensure the work is going according to this test plan. Identify the risks and try to mitigate them.

At the end of the project, testing life cycle ensures that all test objectives are accomplished and acceptance criteria are met.

More TL responsibilities include Test Case Review, Requirements Validation, Monitoring the execution of manual and automated test cases, Prepare test summary report and Communicate test status to seniors and prepare corresponding documents.

To know more on SQA processes read this article “SQA Processes- How to Test complete application“. Hope from this answer you will get a good idea of testing processes and TL responsibilities.

Pavan Ankus asks:

“I am appearing for the QA positions in the US. I would kindly request you to mail me the suitable challenging situations in manual testing and also since I don’t have domain knowledge in Insurance, finance and other financial domain experience I am finding hard to explain to the interviewer as an experienced person.

In this regard, I need your suitable answer as to how to face the interviewer?”

In every testing interview, you will get this question: “Tell me any challenging situation you faced in your previous projects or Tell me any bug that you feel proud to find it?”

I think answers to these questions depend on your testing career. I know every one of you might have faced many challenging situations where exceptional thinking is required to solve such problems.

I will suggest to pick any such situation from your career and explain it in a better way. At least it should sound challenging ;-) This will help you to face further questions from interviewer depending on your answer.

The broad challenges in manual testing are: How to ensure complete test coverage? Testing without an automation tool is itself a big challenge.

You can also explain non-technical challenges in manual testing like managing the testing work in critical time (Link to testing under a time limit) i.e. completing testing before the deadline and even the worst case if the deadline itself is not feasible.

Explaining a challenging bug you found in your career can be also a good answer to this question. For example, the bug that was difficult to find or reprove or having a big impact on customer revenue, etc.

Pavan, you mentioned that you don't have knowledge in banking and finance domain then how you expect from yourself to give an answer to that? If you don't have experience in banking and finance domain then do not put this as a skill in your resume just for the sake of matching your profile with employer requirements.

If you really want to get into testing of BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance) domain then first study this domain. Know the basic concepts in BFSI domain. See the resources I have listed on BFSI domain on our resource page. Keep in mind you can answer in detail about any question if you have worked on that.

Mitch asks:

“What is the best way to go about getting a pay rise? Are reporting and graphing bugs found compared to another team member a good idea?

Comparing the bug count with other team or team member is a very bad idea to ask for a pay rise. If you are working for the organization for a long time then your employer knows your value and importance in the organization. There is no need to show how your bug count graph is higher than your counterparts.

So what is the best way to ask for a good salary rise?
At the time of your performance appraisal, you should be able to convince to your reviewer that how you worked hard for your organization, How you succeeded in managing difficult tasks and how you enhanced your skills to better match your current work profile. If you succeed in this negotiation then you will definitely get a good pay rise.

Other factors considered while giving you pay rise:
Your relevant skills, Complexity of application you are working on, problem-solving skill, total and relevant experience, education and certifications.
Ask your questions in below comment section.

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437 thoughts on “Software Testing Questions and Answers Part 2”

  1. Hi Smitha/ Deepthi, #396/397

    You people are very true. I accept your words about STC.
    Their add in papers are so good than others.
    They are good counselors.
    They’ll provide good training materials, but not training.

    I’ve been completed my CSTP course @ STC adayar and i’m the only person who cleared their online test in that batch; but no one from my batch got placed by them. :) But they gave lot of assurance while joining.

  2. What you said is exactly correct Maya. That is the worst institute I have ever seen. Their one Idiot is there my name Karna.. I dont know how they recruited that mad guy. U knw what they are showing in papers every thing is trash. They are fooling students. Usually on week ends they conduct fake interviews also. Please dont ever join in Adayar STC Technologies. U just loose some 40 to 50 thousands there..

  3. Hi Madhui,

    Ofcourse you are right. At end of course they’ll conduct one mock interview, even for mock interview they dominates the learners like recruiters. But please dont comment any person here. I think it is not good one.

    But really i had bad experience with them.

    One thing i’m sure, by that course only i entered into testing domain. But i struggled a lot to get settled.

  4. Even those intvs they are conducting are fake intvs.. Hey I faced and almost every one who are recruited faced many problems with karna. he behaves like a saddist..
    and even we didnt get our proper salaries.. when we got offer with other compaany thru stc.. so we all left and some how as the market was good it was easy to get in maya. my id is madhurishine@gmail.com. where are you working now

  5. Hi, I am Commerce Graduate and i have completed PGDCA from Tilak maharashtra University Pune recently. I have to do Software Testing Course but i don’t have Information about it. So Please tell me about the Course.

  6. Hi Madhui, #407

    I’m in Chennai only. Working with a MNC. I sent mail from my personal id; do keep in touch.

  7. Hi Sneha, #408

    Wat are the details you want…? Be specific about your requirements. So that we can able to explain clearly.

  8. i am a fresher.i want the answer to one interview question which is “why hv u chosen testing as ur career?”

  9. i have around 3.11 years of experience in manual and over 6 months of experience in automation tool like qtp9.2 in Insurance domain. Now i am interested to appear certification for automation (TD, QC, QTP). Please guide me
    1. which exam i have to prepare for automation certification?
    2. from where i have to start my preparation?
    3. Which website i have to follow for exam pattern and mock test questions?
    4. is there any books or some other sources for the automation certification exam preparation

  10. Dear sir,

    I am mathan now only i will join software testing course i am not having any experience in software field i am a 2008 batch Bsc.,CT………………..what i do how i will prepare to get a JOB IN software field

  11. Hi Pavitra #75

    Compliance testing means to test how compliance your system is i.e. to test is ur system is as per standard, convention and requirements or not.

  12. Hi Rajatha #240

    Version: Different requirements for one system are controled through version numbers to distinguish between requirements, where some changed/added requirements are maitained in the newer version.

    Release: Depeding upon the changed/ added requirements, the application may be delivered to QA side through different releases.

    Please make me correct, if i am wrong….

    Thanks
    Prasad

  13. Agree with prasad comment # 417.
    Adding to this: A Release may have No.of versions.

    Versions & Releases you may hear in Product based companies.

  14. hi..
    Am fresher for software testing field.
    please can any send me the manual testing materials.
    and also the sample test cases,testplan.

  15. hi
    i am two years of experienced person in software testing field.Please send me the manual testing material and also sample test cases and test plan. Please send me more details about testing jobs in hyderabad.

  16. hi,
    i completed B.E. in IT in d yr 2005.For some family problem i did data entry work for 3 yrs.now i left the comp.now i’ve no job.i did the software testing course before 6 months.i want a job in manual testing .some one plz help me.i’m staying at bangalore.i’m willing to work within less sal around 10K.-15 K.some1 hv any opening plz help me.my mail id is— biswajeet82@gmail.com .

    Any company want freshers in testing…plz help me…

  17. hi everybody….
    i m studying final BE(cse).I want to choose testing as my career.so i m preparing for ISTQB foundation level test…can anyone help in this regard that is question paper dumps and study materials….if you know please share with me…. thanks

  18. Dear Sir ,

    I complete bca in 2009.from c.c.s. university . Please gave the knowledgw about the softwear testing .

  19. In some interview i was asked this question….
    Q)Why ur preferring testing bt not the development as ur from Development(i.e Computer Science)?

    I answered Bt he didn’t get convinced…..

    please answer for this question as early as possible…

  20. Dear Sir/Madam
    I am BE(TEXTILE) working as a Manger in SCM in TEXTILE ORGANISATION. Having 18 years experince. last 3 years i am in SAP-MDM team handling all end to end clearing &purifying of master data.
    Now at age of 42 can i change profile from Textile to SAP.
    Is it possible for me to get good start and perks with better future in SAP now……if yes ….pl guide on urgent basis.

    Regards
    C.P.Baviskar.

  21. @Asha:- the same qus asked me in many interviews,& cracked the interviews.
    I answered this qus:- ” i having ability to think one step ahead than a developer, which is primary need for a testing engineer.so i think while testing one should not concentrate on what a developer did,instead we should concentrate what’s he/she did not!!!!`

    May these above lines useful to u…
    Hope For The Best * All is Well

  22. hi,
    I got call for QA post in xxx comp, and currently i am wokring as soft. implemention engineer so i dont have as such any practicle exp. in testing but in sometimes i do testing in my comp accroding to situation . so now i want to make carrier in QA .as i already done that course b4 4 yrs so pls tell me how can i prepare myself for QA interview.

  23. Hello Friends currently i am working on a new website,which are huge downloading portals..so SEO is the major issue on these projects.
    can u help me guys how to test a website which having huge influence of SEO..

    Pratap Gusain

  24. Hi All,

    This is rasul, workingas Softare engineer, i have completed ISTQB certification.

    I have 3 years of work experience, please let me know if issue you have.

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