QA Engineer Interview Questions

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QA Engineer qualifications to look for

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineers oversee each stage of software development to identify system malfunctions and improve product quality. 

They also conduct tests before a product release to make sure the software is running smoothly while meeting design specifications. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who have:

  • A solid technical background
  • Strong communication skills
  • A knack for collaboration  
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Practical skills

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

QA Engineer interview questions

  • What software automation problems have you faced? How did you handle them? 
  • What’s your process to determine which applications you should test?
  • What test strategy do you find effective?
  • Explain the difference between Quality assurance (QA), Quality control (QC) and Software Testing.
  • Explain smoke testing.
  • Describe the difference between verification and validation.
  • When is it appropriate to conduct regression testing?
  • What tests should you perform on web-based applications?
  • What is your role in the bug life cycle?
  • What testing tools have you used? What are your favorite features? Do they have limitations? 
  • Do you have experience with object-oriented programming languages? If so, describe it. 
  • What test cases would you write for a remote desktop feature? Why? 
  • Are you familiar with designing test frameworks for UI testing? If so, explain. 
  • How do you decide you have tested enough? What’s your process for this? 

Behavioral interview questions

  • When have you successfully collaborated with developers to deploy a program or application? What was your role? How did you work together? 
  • Tell me about a time when you acted proactively to increase system performance. What was your role? How did you collaborate with others? 
  • What resources and publications do you follow to stay current with industry developments?

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