What is the best way to go about questioning a recruiter regarding QA testing? I've had several recruiters contact me over the years, but really don't know much, if anything, about what QA testing really is.
I wouldn't bother questioning them in regards to particulars about our field. Instead, I would concentrate on finding out who their corporate clients have been in the past, and how many/what level of positions they've placed in our field during the past year or so.
I've actually found myself in situations where I'm instructing the recruiter in QA processes and types. I received a call once from a recruiter asking if I did quality testing on automobiles.
Unfortunately for all of us, '97-'00 brought not only a huge influx of people into the IT industry who didn't have the knowledge necessary to do the job, but recruiters and consultant account managers as well. But just like our field, the ones who didn't learn are either leaving, or are learning.
And think about it. Would you really want a recruiter to know everything there is to know about your profession? Or would you rather they spend their time looking for jobs for you.
I am wary, however, when a recruiter asks me to re-write my resume to emphasis a skill that they want to present to a client. I only reorganize, I won't re-write. I've been asked to "be" a configuration manager, a mathematician, a project manager, and a business analyst this year alone. Although I have a little of each, I won't sell myself as an expert in those fields. I tell the recruiter that we would both fail, and this is too small an industry to be able to recover from that type of professional embarrasment.
I know that doesn't really answer the question. I don't know that I'd try to question the recruiter on their knowledge, but I don't mind enriching their knowledge with a few tidbits. They just might be able to find me a job.
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