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Today, I would like to share my thoughts as an interviewer (I'm leading a testing team and one of my responsibilities is hiring able candidates for the team). Here are a few points where some candidates
disappointed me having projected themselves as prospective candidates.

My intention is to get a prospective tester to be sincere about himself/herself and a prospective interviewer to be cautious about candidates.

  • Some candidates, sensing the demand in the market for skills like Unix/Linux and usage of automation tools, put these skills on their CV to get an interview. And when actually questioned on some basics, they
    are unable to answer and apply to real world situations.
    • An experienced interviewer who has spent a few years in testing will easily be able to identify such candidates. Please do not waste people's time with false claims.
  • Some candidates cook up a false CV to project performance testing experience. When questioned 'what exactly is performance testing', most of them answer in terms of load testing. Believe me, I've met
    candidates who said they have run performance (or to say load) tests
    for 2 users.
    • My suggestion is atleast be frank and tell that you are keen to learn these testing techniques as a broader agenda. The candidate dont have to lie to get thru a job (which in all probability he/she wont).
      Expression of eagerness to learn and demonstration of some skills
      learnt out of own interest carry a lot of weightage.
  • Another of my favourite - Winrunner, QTP and Loadrunner. The market is flooded with CVs who claim to have 'Extensive experience' in these skills (atleast in Bangalore aka Bengaluru). When the candidate comes
    in, he/she clarifies that they finished a course in these skills.
    • I dont say that is bad. Either they should be good and able to relate what they have learnt to solve problems in the real world scenario or not use punch words like 'Extensive experience' and be
      truthful about the skills. I understand the competition is high, but
      believe only the honest ones will make it.
  • Punctuality is another rare characteristic nowadays. I'm really surprised at the number of candidates turning up late for an interview (one candidate was late by an hour and 15 mins) and they do not even
    apologize.
    • The result of your interview is pretty much sealed in the beginning if you are late and do not apologize and give a strong reason for the delay (even if you are extremely good at your job). Atleast ensure you
      call the company and tell them that you are getting late.

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Hi to all !
I hope every body attend couple of interviews ... say your experience what mistake you did during your tech interview and HR interview ... your experience will make perfect to others ... plz share your interview experience ... Thanks in advance!
Hi Shakthi,

I have two yrs of exp as a manual tester with sql knowledge.I need a suggestion from you. Present i am working in a product based company so I didn't have much exp in writting that much no.of testcases. becoz requirments will be there to test its just a matter of 10 to 15 test cases per 2 or 3 days. Thats what I told frankly in 2 interviews... How to impress the interviewer in my matter. Please give me the suggestion.
Hi,

All the firms they will expect manual tester should write more test cases ... so u need to say u will write 30-40 test cases daily for easy scenario's ... complex scenarios 10 -15 ... I hope this ans is useful for you ... Correct me if i am wrong ...
I am looking for manual tester position and was wondering what all can the interviewer expect out of me. I have some exposure to QTP and Load Runner which i have mentioned but i will be very upfront about it during the interview. I can query the database as well. Please advice what all do i need to be prepared for.

Thanks.
Thank you very much for interview tips. I hope it will help us in our future interview. :)

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