Whitepaper: Ten Years of Tester Tendencies
For the last 10 years, I have conducted over 400 job interviews for people seeking test positions. Called "auditions," these job interviews are meant to be interactive project simulations, designed to allow the tester to demonstrate their testing skill. This paper discusses the pathologies I have seen that tend to limit a candidate's ability to be effective and suggests some remedies for those tendencies. This is not a scientific study, but part of my conclusions are founded on test data (log files of mouse clicks and keystrokes) from 65 interviewees as they each used the same piece of software to demonstrate their skills.