INTERVIEWS / DEC. 13, 2014
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How to Prove You Have the Right Skills as a QA Tester in an Interview

QA testing is a versatile, but very competitive field. Even if you have fulfilled all the academic and professional requirements, you need to be able to demonstrate to your interviewer that you are best qualified for the job you’re applying for.

Quality assurance work largely involves testing products and services. More often than not, your interview questions will be formatted as problems that require solutions. Show your interviewer that you can apply your skills when you respond in the following ways:

Understand Your Role

Your resume is the document that backs up your application by listing work experience, educational background and specialized skills. Interviewers tend to ask questions based largely on the information you put in your resume. Be able to talk about the skills you have listed, your training in the field and what you have learnt from each job you have undertaken. Knowing your resume in this way shows that you have an understanding of the application of your work, and have learnt something out of each experience.

Organized Approach

Answer the questions put to you consistently as this will reflect on how you conduct your work as a QA tester. QA tester interview questions are often presented as problems that you’re supposed to solve in a planned and systematic manner.

You can do this by dividing test coverage into neat categories and describe a generic approach to testing all of them. Alternatively, you could chose from one category and explain how you would carry out specific tests in that group.

Be Practical

50% of quality assurance work involves running tests on products to ensure they are of the highest standard for consumers. When answering interview questions, do not simply detail your skills and qualifications, contextualize them. Incorporate your responses with examples of work you have conducted. You could also give situations where particular tests can be implemented to better demonstrate your knowledge.

If You Don’t Know, Say So

QA testing is a dynamic field. You may find yourself being asked questions about sub-fields within the industry that you have never worked on. As a QA tester, you have to have a high level of integrity and competence. You should be honest if you’re not familiar with some of these areas. Nevertheless, show your willingness to learn and adapt. Ask questions to indicate to your interviewer your keenness and interest.

Always Stay Ahead

Given how much quality assurance work is constantly changing and expanding, it is important to stay abreast with new information. There are various platforms online that enable you to be updated on any advances in the field. In addition, keep practicing manual exploratory testing as this is one of the most useful skills you could have as a QA tester.

You also need to instill confidence in your interviewer that you are capable of carrying out the duties outlined in the job requirements. While skills and qualifications are important, other traits such as your level of commitment, competence and trustworthiness will be picked up by your interviewer from your responses. Skills go beyond what you have written in your application, cover letter and resume. It is also how you present and convey yourself.


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