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MelR
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Great Interview Questions
      #158759 - 03/31/01 12:34 AM

Jules provided this one:
'What do you do to widen your QA/Testing skills base?'

What are other good questions you either ask test candidates or have been asked when applying for a test position?

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Joe Strazzere
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158760 - 03/30/01 01:36 PM

One I ask:

"Tell me about the best bug you ever found."

One I was asked that I liked:

"What keeps you awake at night?"

-joe

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Jeanj
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158761 - 03/31/01 03:52 AM

What one personality attribute contributes to a good tester?

What made you pick testing over another career?


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punekar (Suresh)
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158762 - 03/31/01 04:12 AM

The classic-
the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance

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chetanv
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158763 - 04/01/01 10:21 PM

* What is the exact difference between Integration & System testing, give me examples with your project
* How did you go about testing a project?
* When should testing start in a project? Why?
* How do you go about testing a web application?
* Difference between Black & White box testing
* What is Configuration management? Tools used?
* What do you plan to become after say 2-5yrs (Ex: QA Manager, Why?)
* Would you like to work in a team or alone, why?
* Give me 5 strong & weak points of yours
* Why do you want to join our company
...
regards,
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Jules
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158764 - 04/02/01 02:18 AM

There is another thread relating to this topic about 6 pages back - it's on
http://www.qaforums.com/Forum15/HTML/000511.html

Keep 'em coming,

Jules

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JRica
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158765 - 04/02/01 07:32 AM

One interview question I was asked was "Give me an example of how you handled a conflict with Development"

Should have given me my first clue on how well the QA and Development Departments worked together........

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Jules
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158766 - 04/02/01 08:26 AM

A good one is:

5 out of 6 key decision makers say 'release the product' but you disagree. What is your approach?

The thing to look for here, after the obvious 'be diplomatic and objectively report on why you think the customer wouldn't appreciate the outstanding defects' is:
Do they consider themselves to be the 6th decision maker?
If they do then you're probably onto a winner. If not then you can be suspicious about their QA breeding

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abryce
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158767 - 04/02/01 09:16 AM

I always use the "pencil" test. The QA mindset should be able to discover problems and flaws with design and product. I ask the interviewee to tell me what's wrong with the pencil I hand them. I look for things like.

- It will eventually wear out.
- It has to be sharpened often.
- The eraser promotes mistakes.
- Lead is poisonous
- Wood comes from trees which are becoming rarer
- You can stick yourself with it.
- It will mark your shirt.

etc.

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mkareem
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158768 - 04/02/01 10:08 AM

Whereas all the questions discussed above are relevant and I am sure have been asked by different interviewers at various times, what we need to realize here is that many of these questions do not have a correct or wrong answer.

What I think would greatly benefit the aspiring QA community is some assistance from Hiring Managers as to the kind of answers, or should I say line of reasoning they are looking for.

Obviously, there is no single answer that would explain how to overcome conflict with developers. In my opinion that would depend on what the company culture or established norms are. However, input from managers would be very appreciated.

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mb100
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158769 - 04/02/01 11:23 PM

When should testing be stopped?

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stevo
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158770 - 04/03/01 04:48 PM

Here's another question to ask:

What sort of things would you put down in a bug report?


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mb100
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158771 - 04/04/01 05:01 AM

Who in the company is responsible for Quality?

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AJModerator
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158772 - 04/04/01 07:46 AM

Guys, Gals, why not answer your questions as well

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Brian Schweickert
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158773 - 04/04/01 07:55 AM

As a test manager, I ask these types of questions:

Who defines quality?

What is an equivalence class?

Is a "A fast database retrieval rate" a testable requirement?

Should we test every possible combination/scenerio for a program?

What criteria do you use when determining when to automate a test or leave it manual?

When do you start developing your automation tests?

Discuss what test metrics you feel are important to publish an organization?

These are a few of the ones I use. I have collected pages upon pages of interview questions over the years. I have categorized them and depending on the experience, job level, and answers a candidate gives I will dig deeper on a subject or move on to another. I hit a broad range of subjects, specifically questioning topics that the candidate states they are experts in or list on their resume. It looks very bad if a candidate list skills, experience, tools on their resume and are not prepared to discuss or cannot answer questions about those topics.

Hopefully this helps a little.

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Jules
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158774 - 04/04/01 07:58 AM

Q. Who is responsible for quality?
A. EVERYONE

Q. When should you stop testing?
A. There's no single answer to this but you should have yourself an answer BEFORE you start testing (i.e. define the pass/fail criteria for a particular testing phase)

Q. What sort of things should you put down in a pug report?
A. Those programmer things (joke!)

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ademin
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158775 - 04/04/01 10:54 AM

Q. When should you stop testing?
Here is one more or less precise answer.
A. When cost of testing outweight potential cost of not fixing a bug.


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chetanv
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158776 - 04/04/01 09:58 PM

Q. When should you stop testing?
A.
* When the desired number of test cases have been executed
* When the desired number of bugs have been found
* When testing becomes uneconimical
* All identified defects have been addressed


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Jules
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158777 - 04/05/01 01:36 AM

quote:
Originally posted by ademin:
Q. When should you stop testing?
Here is one more or less precise answer.
A. When cost of testing outweight potential cost of not fixing a bug.



Certainly, the point of knowing when to stop testing is to try and make sure that the cost of the testing effort does not outweigh the potential cost benefits (and to make sure testing does not cause the project to last indefinately).
However, I would wonder this:
At every point during a test project you should be able to know how much you have spent on testing, and have a reasonable idea how much is still left to be spent.
But how on earth do you keep track of the *potential* costs of not fixing bugs. Especially when you consider that you are trying to estimate the cost of defects that you have not yet located.
How can that be precise?

Jules

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mb100
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Re: Great Interview Questions
      #158778 - 04/05/01 04:32 AM

What is more important Delivery or Deliverable?

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