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What to prepare for a software tester 2nd interview

 
Sammy Bill
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Hello,

I passed a 15 minutes phone interview last week and now I have been called for a 2nd interview for an entry level software tester.
1) What should I expect to know for this 1hour long interview, I have been informed that they test java applications using Junit, TestNG.... framework.

2) this is my first job in a technical field. however, I really want to be a developer not tester. Will this position give me the experience to move to development. How would my development skills improve if I took this position. I am a recent college graduate and have some experience in java/j2ee and SCJP5.

Note: This is about a US job

Thanks
 
Glen Lang
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I work in France so your mileage may vary, but I'd avise you not to start your career as a tester if you want to be a developer. IMHO, it will be hard to go up to the desired job.

Be clear regarding your career and present job desire, starting from your resume which must state which job you'd like. If after some number of interviews, no "pure-dev" jobs are proposed, well... it depends upon whether you're running short out of cash or not. But don't start as a tester just because that's your first proposition.

Maybe you should use websites like Monster where (in France, at least) you don't look for a job: in this site, the job is looking for you. I mean: you sign-up, fill your profile and just have to wait for proposals & phone calls. One more good reason to be clear starting from the beginning.
 
Mike Marshal
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I agree Glen, I work in the US as a tester and have watched a few people try to move into development. Its difficult to start at a company and move from testing into a developer position but there is hope.

If you take the job and try to move into development make sure you start building a solid relationship with the dev teams. That part is really important because you need to demonstrate that you can think of solutions and not just point out problems. Find opportunities to write tools that your team can use and promote their use. Also, there is a great open source Web App GUI automation tool called Selenium that fits right in with JUnit and TestNG frameworks. One thing to watch for is if they start promising a move into development and that falls through a few times it might be time start looking for a dev position elsewhere. But, that is a judgment call you would have to make.

I've been in testing for a little over 3 years now and love it because I'm working on something new every 3-4 months. I also get to work close with the development team and help them with problems and I get to write just enough code to keep me happy. Either way good luck with the interview and your decision.

A few resources to review for your interview:
http://www.softwareqatest.com/index.html
http://sqaforums.com/
http://www.opensourcetesting.org/
 
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