What Makes A Top QA Tester?
What Makes A Top QA Tester
Software systems, smart-phone applications, internet applications, just to name a few, are the canvases that are used to create the art knowing as testing. But who are the artists that help create these systems? Of course, the first thing that comes to mind are the developers. But what about the other artists that are involved? Specifically, the top QA tester.
Software Testing is a form of art and the tester is the artist. Like the artists who paint or draw, a tester also possesses the same unique and special characteristics that make testing powerful. A top QA tester must be creative, focused, communicative, analytical, passionate, attentive to detail and more. There are also the technical required skill sets, but those are “taught”. It’s the creativity and the passion that make a tester a top QA tester.
Some of the characteristics are described below and these are just a few of the highlights that AwesomeQA looks for in these artists. Every tester here has a remarkable set of professional experiences, insight and value that sets them apart from the other testers. We search for the best of the best in terms of testing, creativity, diversity, communication and talent just to name a selected few.
Experience and attention to detail go hand in hand. Think of it like the paint and paintbrush. Top QA testers have the experience to bring quality and testing together in a way that distinguishes them from the crowd. For example, a small question such as “What will happen if I enter a ‘?’ instead of the phone number?” To the average person, it may seem insignificant because on the surface, the user may expect a friendly message to pop up saying they entered the wrong key. But, to a tester, this may or may not uncover another potential issue making the software unfriendly.
Top QA testers have the experience in various platforms, methodologies, and the ability to have a tenacious eye for the tiniest of details.
Communication is probably one of the most widely used words in any profession. But in testing, it is fundamental to have a clear written and verbal communication as the bond between the developer and the tester is crucial. The tester also has a special bond between the business team, stakeholders, management and other key persons. Communication is essential for the QA tester because they will be communicating at various levels and with purpose.
At AwesomeQA, testers are evaluated for their communication skills, as the one of the core values we hold is networking with colleagues. Testers work together to learn from each other. This is one of the critical components that serves as a difference between us and the competitors.
Testers must be able to share the “canvas” and it’s flaws with the other artists of the software. This type of communication comes in a language that is shared with developers and business analysts. When the need to report the flaws in the canvas, so to speak, must be done to stakeholders, testers use a different form of the testing language to express the concerns, need and resolution to the stakeholders so that they can make appropriate decisions.
Patience and passion
A top QA tester has both patience and passion. The two words don’t sound like they go together but they do. In order to be the best, testing requires a certain level of passion and patience. As technology advances today, systems are becoming more and more complex. With that in mind, defects are not so easy to find as they once were. Therefore, testing becomes a game of patience and passion.
Passion is a necessity because testers must WANT to find the defects. With that drive, testers will go above and beyond the call of duty to test each system. This is what clients want. This is what we deliver.
Patience is required because defects are no longer fast and easy to find. It will take testing, testing and more testing to find the defects. This is another key feature that AwesomeQA looks for in a top QA tester.
Knowledge is Power, and learning is acquiring it. Software testing is constantly evolving and changing in the industry. With that in mind, testers must be flexible and adaptable to learn new testing approaches, techniques, due diligence and other technical components. But, in addition to the technical skills, testers must also review and learn soft skills in order to keep the lines of communication open and successful.
There are so many development style skills that top QA testers need to possess. And if they don’t, they have to learn the skills that would make them awesome QA testers. Testing skills are critical and a must have for each and every tester. Sometimes people think a certification only would allow the tester to obtain these skills, however the missing ingredient is practice. Practice is known as on the job experience and each tester’s skills are greatly advanced with each opportunity. Skills that are needed as mentioned before are written and oral communication, understanding development code, perhaps even writing the development code, understanding methodologies and frameworks. There is an abundance of skills that are required but in a nutshell, having these skills as well as experience will set the tester apart from the others.
Prioritization and Time Management
Prioritization and Time Management are another set of essential components that top QA testers must have, especially if they are AwesomeQA Testers. The understanding and ability to make a decision regarding priorities and how to manage your time and work is crucial to the success of any system. Part of testing is planning and knowing what you are testing. Our testers know how to manage their time and priorities in order to deliver quality efficiently and effectively.
Approaching & Recruiting A Top QA Tester – The Professional Tester!
Building a team involves skills, variety, and a heart to find the right QA testers to be part of the right place. Everyone knows it is easy to interview candidates but the question becomes “Are they the right candidate for AwesomeQA?” The makeup of a strong QA team relies on the individual team members to work collaboratively and diligently together. The members need to mesh.
Here is how we approach recruiting. Hundreds and hundreds of CVs are received daily. AwesomeQA uses a specialized team experienced in reviewing the CVs and determining which candidates should be interviewed. From there, these recruiters initiate contact and start the communications. Candidates receive a “test” that will allow them to demonstrate a variety of skills such as strategy, defect management, test plan approach, test cases, etc that will allow the recruitment team to further decide if interviews are warranted. Though a bit time consuming on both the recruiter and candidate’s time, this is efficient and allows the recruitment team to finalize the potential hires.
We take the time, dedication and passion to find the top QA testers that are without a doubt AWESOME. Without the best of the best testers, we would not be able to deliver on its promises. Integrity and passion are how AwesomeQA recruits these great testers. There are so many components that are reviewed and considered when hiring a tester and the recruitment team knows how to find them.
If you have the passion, drive, energy, as well as the strong testing skills, why don’t you become an AwesomeQA tester today?!