From time to time I get to interview a software tester candidate. It’s an experience I’ve been tasked to perform by default as a result of me being the only software tester in the company when I was hired. It’s also something that I’m not accustomed to doing but it’s a worthwhile privilege — it means that the company trusts my gut in selecting other responsible would-be software testers.
I’m still testing the interview process, hoping to learn how to effectively see (in such a short span of time) a person’s value in the software testing work by asking questions. Here’s a list of seven things I usually ask the candidates:
- how their normal day at work looks like
- what was the most challenging work they did
- why they choose to do software testing work
- what they want to change in the work process
- what they want to learn in the field
- what their goals are for the next five years
- what questions have they prepared for me to answer
I’m still in the hunt for the great questions I can ask future software testers as well as for the impressive answers they’ll give.