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Interview Questions for Quality Assurance (QA) Positions

Here we discuss some essential interview questions which examine the key behaviors or skills required of QA professionals.  Our answer guidelines will help you in developing your own best QA job interview responses.

The following have been identified as the core competencies essential to successful performance in the QA role:

Behavioral interview questions that assess these competencies must be expected.

Competency-Based QA Interview Questions

Below are some examples of behavioral interview questions that explore the 5 core QA competencies:

1. Time Management

Have you ever experienced conflicting priorities while trying to handle multiple projects?  Tell me how you scheduled your QA activities to deal with it.

In answering you need to demonstrate your ability to–

For instance, in order for a quality audit to be effective, there must be adequate planning.

2. Critical Thinking

Was there ever a time when you had to make a decision with incomplete information, or make a complex decision within a very tight deadline?  Tell me about it.

In answering you should–

3. Problem-Solving

Recount the most complicated problem you had to deal with at work recently and describe the tools and methods you used to solve it.

Was there ever a time when you thought you had solved a problem but later realized that it was part of an even bigger problem?  Tell me how you dealt with it.

In your answer demonstrate your ability to–

4. Attention to Detail

In monitoring corrective action, what are your methods for ensuring that no details are missed?

Tell me about a time you identified an issue your team had missed.

When you’re answering QA interview questions on your quality orientation you need to demonstrate:

5. Communication Skills

Describe a time when you persuaded a colleague or manager about a QA activity.

Was there ever a time when you had to share expected standards with a co-worker? Tell me about it.

When answering QA interview questions concerning communication, highlight how you efficiently use suitable communication methods and interpersonal styles to win approval for a plan, activity, or document.

You also need to understand what is expected of you when responding to behavioral interview questions at your job interview.

Duties and responsibilities of QA

The duties and responsibilities of the QA role are clearly outlined in the quality assurance job description.

Quality assurance interview questions – skills  and technical knowledge

Ensure that you are well prepared for QA interview questions that examine your specific experience and knowledge of QA.

Apart from the specific QA interview questions we’ve discussed, you need to ensure that you are also ready for standard job interview questions like those below:

  1. Why do you want to work with us?
  2. Why are you the best person for this job?
  3. Tell me about yourself

The project management interview questions are useful in preparing you for your QA job interview.

Ensure that you also have a list of insightful QA questions you’d like to ask your interviewer.