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:

  1. Have paradigm of testing & can explain approach
  2. Love what they do & are passionate about craft
  3. Consider context first and continuously
  4. Consider testing a human activity to solve complex problems
  5. Know that SW development and testing is a team sport
  6. Know that things can be different
  7. Ask questions before doing anything
  8. Use diversified approaches
  9. Know that estimation is more like negotiation
  10. Use test cases and test documentation wisely
  11. Continuously study their craft
  12. Have courage and refuse to do bad work
  13. Are curious and like to learn new things
  14. Have important interpersonal skills
  15. Have excellent testing skills
  16. Have sufficient technical skills
  17. Do not fear to learn & are not afraid to make mistakes
  18. Happy and willing to share their knowledge

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