05 Things that should not be on your CV

Top 05 things that you should not be on your CV

After considering a fair amount of CVs, It comes to my attention that most numbers of CVs received are not up to the minimum standards. It does not contain information that the company/ or hiring person wants to know. So let’s talk about how not to write a CV

Curriculum Vitae is the first document which interviewer sees about the interviewee. In order to make a good first impression CV needs to be in the good standard.

1. Highlighting unnecessary information

It is really cool if you have won the best school actor award in 2006. It might really count if you are applying for a position in the similar industry, but I’m afraid it won’t add a weight in IT field.

This doesn’t mean that you should completely omit your achievements from your CV, but make sure to add only necessary and most suitable extra-curricular activities to your CV.

2. Stating oblivious/basic skills

It is not 1998 anymore, so stating the competency in Windows operating systems or Office packages would not make any sense to anyone.

3. Spelling mistakes

This probably might be the easiest thing to fix but the most ignorant thing done by a majority of people. Especially If you are applying for a position in Quality Assurance track, you should double-triple check your CV for mistakes (If not someone else will find it for you 😉

So always, ALWAYS do a proof read! You can easily do it by any word processing package.

4. Stating ‘not-so-related’ professional skills

You might have finished your ACCA (Accounting) or Marketing foundation level examinations or you may have done a course in quantity surveying in a reputed institute, but all of the above are completely unrelated to the applied position.

The bad side of having this on your CV is that person who is reading your CV might thing that you don’t have a defined career goal/career path or the understanding in IT and that may result in not short listing the CV for next round.

5. Competency Level

All above are very primitive and basic things, which can make a difference in the CV. It doesn’t take much effort/time to change the CV to support.

…….. and a Bonus point

Try to save CV by your name / or the position you’ve applied in PDF format rather sending it cv.pdf / cv1.pdf

Chamal.Perera.PDF or Chamal_Perera_QA_Engieer.pdf

Some job requirements expect you to send the CV in a certain format, If so please follow the given format.

Above 05 points will be helpful for you to make your CV shine from rest!!

Expectations from QA Interns

What Industry really expects from a Quality Engineering Intern?

Internships are great chance to gain the industry exposure and insight of a real life project. Everyone wants to get the best out of the internship. In general, Interns are looking to get a valuable work experience that would benefit them in their future work-life.

This is an attempt to give insight from the company perspective, what they expect from an intern & how a person should prepare for a QA Internship interview.

I don’t have any project exposure, Will it be a problem?

Of course not, We know that you don’t have the real project experiences. So we won’t ask questions on that. But If you are applying for an internship, then you are probably a third-year or fourth-year university student. You should probably go through a couple of university projects. So expect questions from these projects/project related areas. Your contributions to the project / your role in the project will be a good starting questions for interviewers.

Do I need to know about QA terminologies?

We don’t expect you to remember the ISTQB definition of testing terminologies. But the basic level of understanding is expected. You are applying for a QA Internship, so you should know about test Cases, basic testing types, test designing techniques, defect life cycle.

In addition to above, you should be able to explain/demonstrate your knowledge in test case document/Defects. If someone asks you to name few items in a test case, Please don’t start with Test Case ID, There are far more important things in a test case other than the test case ID 🙂

Do I need to know about automation testing/performance testing?

Depends. We don’t expect vast knowledge about automation/performance testing from a QA intern. But it would be a huge advantage for you If you know anything about automation testing or performance testing. If you are passionate about the non-functional testing or If you read about these testing types, do share your knowledge/ learning to the interview panel. The company would be much pleased to recruit you.

I learn quality assurance in my final year and I got A+ for this, Do I need to prepare for the interview?

Yes, Still you need to prepare! You should prove your worthiness to the interview panel, then only they will recruit you. Remember nobody gives you anything for free. Also, interview panel won’t ask you straightforward questions from what you learned in your final year, they will try to apply it to a real-world scenario. So be prepared for questions like that!

How to face/prepare for a QA Internship interview

  1. First go through your CV as much as you can. Interviewers can ask questions based on things you’ve mentioned.
  2. Speak clearly to the questions. Good communication skills are much expected from QA professionals.
  3. Be prepared to design test cases for given scenarios.
  4. Be ready to write simple SQL statements or simple program ( on your preferred language )
  5. Expect some impromptu questions, to test your analytical skills / logical thinking skills – Something like writing a pseudo code for a scenario.

Hope this little piece of points are good enough for you to nail your next internship interview!