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Interviewing for Software Tester position

Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:17 PM

I recently graduated from college and I'm interviewing for a software tester position. Is anyone here currently a software tester, or were you in the past, or have you been in a position to hire testers?

If so, what kind of questions would you expect to be asked? I know it's probably difficult to guess with no knowledge of the company or what they do. There were no technical requirements listed on the job posting. The only thing I know for sure is that will involve SQL.

I guess what I'm asking is... are there any specific, universal methodologies for software testing that I should be aware of? I don't have any testing experience, and there were no such classes offered at my university, so even the vaguest suggestions would be a huge help to me.

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Re: Interviewing for Software Tester position

Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:24 PM

Small company here.
Everyone is a tester and nobody has that title as their sole purpose in life.
We are all engineers of one type or another and all work together.
When there is a new software version everyone gets it and is told "Beat the &^%$% out of this and do your best to break it"

Oh - and none of us are college educated.
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Re: Interviewing for Software Tester position

Posted 22 July 2010 - 01:11 PM

In my opinion, testing is as much about trying to break the program as it is tracking down the causes of the breaks. If you can narrow down the causes of the breaks, that could help the development team a lot. Documentation is also important here. What did you do exactly? What were the symptoms of the break?
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Re: Interviewing for Software Tester position

Posted 22 July 2010 - 02:05 PM

Ex-tester here.. as far as I can tell no there's not really much set methodology... my days were like the following:

- sit in the kick off meeting for that patch.
- get the giant binder of what changed
- find the section on the code - decipher some fortran or cobol
- look at the suggested testing areas
- make up my own test scripts and test data
- get it all signed off on
- test the crap out of it (different types of input, click actions, things - - that were in edit and clicked a button ,etc)
- reported findings
-- retest
-- sign off and be done with it.

Of course I spear headed the 'automated regression testing' software.. that went over amazingly.

Things like: http://www.softwaret...best-practices/ work well
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