As a Test Manager of the company, I am looking for 3 testers, each of whom has spent at least 2 to 5 years testing and learning diversified things in testing. I want to challenge the tester in a permanent position in the company I work for, to solve complex software testing problems, whose main focus would be to question testability and supportability of products and write tools to augment testing activity.
The interview would typically be a telephonic followed by one full day at office premises (probably a weekend) in which you would be given a mission or different missions to achieve by the end of the day. You would face questions based on your testing activity at the end of the day.
I am not listing the skills you need to have but I know whether I should call you for an interview or not through:
- Write 2-3 pages about your testing experiences so far. If you reveal any confidential information, although you might be too good, I am not taking the risk of calling you for an interview.
- You may want to attach your CV or anything you think might interest me to call you.
- Fake experiences would be reported to police, so don't risk yourself.
- Don't mention, even if you have certification in software testing, because it just doesn't help/ better any chances nor worsens. I intend to hire you for your skills of testing and not your certificate that plenty people found it easy to clear.
e-mail me your reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some highlights of working with me:
- All testers who report to me have been enjoying freedom, which is very important for testers.
- All testers who report to me haven't been asked to do documentation that's wasteful or for the purpose of documenting to follow a process.
- All testers who report to me have got a chance to be questioned on their work quality and some have been rewarded once they practice the changes suggested and also see a value in doing those changes.
- At least one tester who reports to me started to blog about her testing activity and the thought process that went through to find some bugs ( without revealing the confidential information, of course)
- All testers who work with me have had freedom to challenge me (without bothering if I am their Manager or not) or my ideas I propose to test without bothering if that would affect their credibility with me provided they are open to learning and unlearning.
Here are some traditional stuff:
- Your designation might be a Senior Test Engineer or Test Lead who reports to me (but don't bother too much about that right away).
- Your pay is decided by the budget allocated for these positions which is in par with industry standards calculated based on some formulas that I am not aware of. Post observing your performance, your pay is not decided by any formula but solely your performance and the company's performance in market.
- You will be required to join ASAP or within 30 days of the date of offer.
- The work location would be Bangalore.
- The 10 year old US based medium sized company I work for respects and value testing, and post me coming in, I see more recognition towards testing given by the senior management.
- There might be some traveling opportunities in Q3 2008 but no guarantee and don't get attracted just because there might be a traveling opportunity.
- You may be a tester from any domain as long as you don't have a mental block to learn new domains and technologies.
- Send in your entries before others steal your chance.
So, who are those 3 testers among you who would get this unique opportunity that probably other Indian companies might not offer.
It takes courage to challenge and skills to tackle the challenge. I am calling the skilled and courageous to work with me. Get in touch through email@example.com
For those of you who want to know what traditionally companies ask for, hit MonsterIndia or Naukri websites and search for tester job openings. Not to my knowledge anyone asks for skills of testing from a tester, instead would focus on tools knowledge or horribly trivialize manual testing and process knowledge.
Hey look, at least some part of Indian testing is changing with more focus towards human skills! Are you left behind?
You might want to know, when was the first time a company in India wanted to hire a tester by non traditional ways... Simple, when the company I work for hired Pradeep Soundararajan ( that's me ) as a Test Manager at his age of 26 and helped him become the youngest Test Manager of India.
-- Pradeep Soundararajan - http://testertested.blogspot.com - +91-98451-76817 - firstname.lastname@example.org
"Pradeep's first language is not English--his first language appears to be testing." -- Michael Bolton