Giving QA Candidates a Test as part of Interview Process
Does anyone know of any sites that might offer an on-line "test" that QA Candidates can take during the interview process to assess their aptitude level for understanding requirements, detecting bugs and filing complete and accurate bug reports?
I've been digging for a while and haven't been able to find anything yet.
I've found that giving a verbal test during an interview just isn't as useful as seeing how someone might approach a true testing situation by reading a spec, testing a site, finding bugs and reporting bugs.
I've seen this in the screening process once. I think it's good to weed out bad candidates before you even look at their resume. I've taken one on brainbench.com when I was hired at another company, it covered basic aptitude and general testing knowledge info, Pre-Employment Screening and Testing
As for one for post screening interviewing candidates, I don't recall knowing a good one off the top of my head. If you're a webservices company, it might be easier to just give them some sort of trial account with seed data they can play with, and give them an existing functionality that's on production, along with excerpts of the old story. Then see what sort of methodology they took, if the bugs they found were similar to the ones you have in your bug database marked as existing issues.
About 5 years ago there was a site that had an aptitude test for QTP. It turned out that the answers were for an old version of QTP. My friend took the test and also failed it. Then I noticed that the answer key must have been wrong. I proved it to the recruiter and we both eventually wound up working for the company. If you use an on line test floating around, please check that the answer key is correct.
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