5 QA Interview Questions and Answers

Whether you are preparing to interview a candidate or applying for a job, review our list of top QA interview questions and answers.

What type of quality assurance do you prefer to focus on?

Quality assurance candidates are responsible for conducting quality assurance checks at various stages. Their answer to this will provide you with a sense of whether or not they are the right fit for the position you wish to fill. You may want an employee who will catch errors at the beginning of the process, in which case you would want one who prefers to focus on beginning QA checks. It is similar when hiring for other stages of the process. What to look for in an answer:

  • Detail-oriented person
  • Knowledge of every stage of the QA process
  • Ability to conduct QA at any level

Example: "I direct my attention to finding mistakes just before the item is sent to consumers although I am happy to conduct QAs at any stage. Mistakes discovered in the beginning can reappear later on."

Does your previous work as QA or background knowledge include additional information on trying out software or material products?

Qualified candidates in quality assurance tend to put their attention on trying out either software or material products to discover if either is faulty. When trying to employ someone, you should confirm that the potential employee can provide the correct background knowledge for the workplace position needed. For example, someone who has a background in finding the mistakes in software may not notice an error in a material product. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience with different types of QA software
  • Eagerness to work with new software and material products
  • Patience to check for errors

Example: "I have previous experience in software, so I'm familiar with multiple programming languages and am able to locate causes of errors within software efficiently."

Do you posses certifications relevant to QA that would cause you to be more qualified?

People who pursue employment in QA have an opportunity to receive a various amount of degrees as well as certifications. Having this information can provide you with an idea about what background a potential QA has handling specific types of business-manufactured items. For instance, you may be able to tell that a candidate has a background in specific fields, such as Software Quality Analyst, if they have certifications to prove it. What to look for in an answer:

  • Any relevant certificates valuable to the position
  • Willingness to continue education as needed
  • Dedication to excellence and going above and beyond

Example: "I studied engineering, earned a certified Associates in Software Testing and am a Certified Software Tester. I'm willing to earn other job-related certifications."

When thinking about a QA position at our business, do you have a certain job-created material of service that you favor?

It is best for you to employ candidates that have background knowledge of your business and are willing to prepare for an interview by learning about your business before arriving. It is possible to hire an employee who is new to the business and have them do great. However, a person previously interested in your business may bring more positivity and investment to the position. What to look for in an answer:

  • Evidence that they know something about the company
  • Materials the company produces that they are interested in
  • Desire to work for your company

Example: "I am interested in your C/C++ analyzer. It lowered the amount of time college work took and helped me finish my intro programming class."

Given the chance to as our QA, how would you adjust this work produced material or service?

Asking a candidate's opinion on adjusting a work produced material or service can push them to implement critical thinking. Critical thinking comes from having to recreate the material/service they had previously stated as being favorable. If they have the ability to respond creatively by discussing how the service/material can possibly be improved, they are capable of providing thoughtful ways to handle other technical issues that occur. What to look for in an answer:

  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Capacity to visualize creating standard products
  • Ability to focus on certain features

Example: "Even though I find the C/C++ analyzer to be useful, the user interface could benefit from an analyzer simplification and having its directions modernized."

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