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Tips, Tricks & Lessons Learned for Hiring Professional Testers
Hiring; it’s challenging and time consuming regardless of the position you’re looking to fill. Evaluating and hiring testers has proven to be tricky and it’s easy to underestimate the effort required to hire professional testers as it is to underestimate the value a professional tester provides to a software development project. Most testers learn their trade on the job and because there aren’t a slew of particular educational requirements that you can look for on a résumé to help you discern the credible candidates from the rest, this makes identifying professional testers challenging.
So what’s the secret, how do you find and hire professional testers?
Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts in the hiring process and no magic watering holes from which excellent testers spring forth. Each testing position is as unique as the project contexts themselves. In an effort to learn more about hiring professional testers we caught up with Huib Schoots, a tester, consultant, people lover and hiring Guru of Improve Quality Services for a webinar on Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned for Hiring Professional Testers. This webinar very well-attended with over 800 people joining us to lear more about hiring professional testers. Below you can view the slides from the webinar, but click here to watch the webinar on-demand.
In the webinar, Huib mentioned 18 Heuristics for recognizing professional testers, they are as follows:
Have paradigm of testing & can explain approach
Love what they do & are passionate about craft
Consider context first and continuously
Consider testing a human activity to solve complex problems
Know that SW development and testing is a team sport
Know that things can be different
Ask questions before doing anything
Use diversified approaches
Know that estimation is more like negotiation
Use test cases and test documentation wisely
Continuously study their craft
Have courage and refuse to do bad work
Are curious and like to learn new things
Have important interpersonal skills
Have excellent testing skills
Have sufficient technical skills
Do not fear to learn & are not afraid to make mistakes