(had to misspell interveiw since its a banned word in post subjects)
Has anyone else noticed the large increase in posts recently (all over qaforums) from people needing help with job interview questions? They usually come from from people that are relatively clueless about QA/Testing/Dev and/or new to the software industry.
Just an observation..
I regard this as a good thing. If companies are reaching out and interviewing such entry level and unqualified people, it must mean that the QA job market is heating up.
If tester level beginner questions are coming from a particular country then management level questions are coming from other countries (many from US). eg: what do i ask in interviews, what is a test plan, what is a test strategy document etc
Does it mean an idiot is leading other idiots. Before we go around making country-specific innuendos, the problem is maybe with the industry and the growth bursts it is making and I'd guess other industries are having similar issues (for all I know).
I could not help myself and had to reply. I am getting pretty disgusted with these kinds of "demands". Mind you it was quite similar here in 1999 and early 2000. I guess booming demand does bring out the worst.
I think the competition for these jobs is intense - so intense that the companies pushing for this work are overselling the skillsets of their employees and/or selling with no skills and having hope to backfill those holes.
Something else I've notice, not so much here but mostly on the Yahoo forums, a question is posed and along comes another person who speaks with authority that this is the gospel and it is such and such then ends with "Correct me if I am wrong"! Then someone else comes along and seems to not read the first reply and again speaks with the authority of a guru and ends the same way with some sort of "maybe I'm wrong". And so on. And plainly they are both wrong or at least a bit skewed. Sort of makes you want to give up and become a QA hermit!
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill ~
I have noticed the same as CoreyG and cyblue and from experience that I had last year if QA/QC is outsourced we will not be out of work for long. The company I worked for decided to outsource the QC to an offshore company - the same one that developed the application. We audited their work and as they could not prove that they had tested more that 25% of the application we ended up doing thje QC testing again inhouse. Over 2000 defects were found. Turned out to be an expensive "Cheap" solution
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" --Thomas Edison
This is the Outsourcing myth..... Outsourcing does not guarantee savings, it only guarantees cost shifting. Its more an accounting exercise. When analysing a company (say for purchase) the head count can be important, so through an outsourcing execises.... magic the head count goes down ! The fact the risks go up and efficeincy could go either way (same for the costs) is not really important.
Many outsourcing organisations (especially Indian ones) will come in at an agressive pricing often to just get the foot in the door. What worries me is that they don't seem to do this analysis.