Expectations from QA Interns

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!

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