Where better than to check the internet for inspiration, especially if you need some interview questions.
The following interview questions are from an article taken from a large job website, regarding tips for Automation Test Engineer interviews (I’ve mainly been involved in hiring Quality Assurance experts). We’ll go through them one by one together, and I’ll explain what I think about the question. It’s important to remember that a good interview question is subjective. What I think is a good question you may not think is a great question. And I’m by no means an expert on conducting interviews, but I have been involved in hiring new team members and asked a lot of questions. So it seems like an article I could give my take on.
For me, a good interview question is one where the interviewee opens up and can share a lot of their opinions on a subject. The answers are based on my experiences interviewing for Senior level Automation Engineers. But these questions and answers can be applied to any level of experience — especially if you are claiming on your CV to be an experienced professional.
What do you think are some advantages of automation testing?
This is a great question. Questions that start with “what” are my favourite types of interview questions. “What is your favourite, or what is not your favourite and why”. If anyone has been in a job for +5 years then hopefully they’ve learnt a lot and can answer questions related to their work. For example, for an Automation Test Engineer a good question might be “Do you have a favourite test case creation approach (eg TDD or BDD). Or is there something else? And why is this your favourite and why are the others not your favourite?”. It is so open-ended which makes it incredibly easy to start rambling. The beauty in the question is that there is no right answer. I’m not looking for a particular answer anyway. How they structure their answer is important.
What kinds of frameworks have you worked with?
A straightforward question, with no real right or wrong answer. A framework is a way of creating tests— Data Driven, Keyword Driven, Behaviour Driven. It’s not too tricky and the question allows for some critical thinking about frameworks and can encourage discussion. An interviewee can give anecdotal examples of frameworks they…