Software Tester Interview Questions

Ready to find your next team-player Software Tester? These sample interview questions will help you find the right candidates during the interview process. Add any questions that test specific software development skills useful to your team.

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Software Tester qualifications to look for

Software Testers check the quality and functionality of computer software before it reaches the end-user. These software detectives find errors, gaps, and missing requirements prior to launching your software out into the world. 

This job can be done manually or with test automation tools, such as Selenium and TestingWhiz.

Your best software tester will have a strong understanding of software testing technical features. Their attention to detail is out of this world as they can analyze complex data and make sense of it. 

Look for candidates with hands-on experience with automation, defect tracking and test management tools.

Keep an eye out for candidates who have:

  • A solid technical background
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem-solving skills
  • An analytical mindset

It’s a good idea to test your candidates’ skills to better evaluate how they would handle their role in your company. 

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

Problem-solving interview questions

  • What testing methods you prefer and why? 
  • What is the process of manual testing?
  • How do you manage bugs or defects?
  • What goes into a report about a defect?
  • Explain a Bug, an Error, a Defect, a Mistake, and a Fault? What are the key differences? 
  • Explain the difference between STLC (Software Testing Life Cycle) and SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle).
  • Can you do system testing at all stages during SDLC? Explain your answer. 
  • What’s the process to remove product risk in a project?
  • What are the different types of defects you see in a product?

Role-specific interview questions

  • What got you started in software testing? What do you find interesting about it?
  • What are the pros and cons of manual or automatic tests? Which do you prefer? 
  • How do you delegate tasks to your team members? 
  • How do you handle tight deadlines?
  • How do you know that testing is done?
  • How do you know that a project has failed? 
  • The developers don’t agree with the results of your test. How do you respond?
  • How do you craft documents? Do you keep them short and concise or prefer to provide more descriptive documentation? Why?
  • Is risk approach important in testing?
  • Describe the biggest challenge you faced in software testing. How did you overcome it? What did you learn?

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