Which tactics do you usually employ to interview and identify great Testers ?
Alignment with Team/Company values ?
Evidence of critical thinking ?
How did you approach <x…..testing problem> type of questions ?
Examples of application of Tooling knowledge ?
How much value do they give to sapient skills in Testing ?
Community references ?
Thought pieces or talks ?
Track record of mentoring upcoming Testers ?
One technique that I realized that I have never explicitly used , is peer review of my work during an interview. On the lines of code reviews in Developer interviews
Talking about my approach to choosing a Test technique or a Tool and asking the candidate to provide feedback on the choice and my approach ?
How about bringing my Test strategy along and getting them to review it ? Observing their questioning and critiquing techniques ? How do they provide feedback ? Observe their system thinking skills ?
How about white boarding my approach to risk assessment and ascertaining the level of Regression Testing required and getting them to review it ? What risks do they see with the approach ? Where could it be made better ? Will they do it differently and if yes,how do they convince me about it ? Can they be candid and respectful at the same time ?
I am hopeful that this exercise will provide me insights into the candidate’s –
- Ability to asking probing questions and work in a Team
- Intellectual humility and respect for a peer’s work ( especially when it might not be upto their personal standard)
- Persuasion skills and ability to influence without authority
Have you tried peer review as an interview tool before ?
How was your experience ?
What was good and not so good about it ?