The right approach for interviewingcould be the following, Test Manager has to hire a good QA Tester first. Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and other mobile players released several new mobile operation systems in last few years so we live in rapidly changing world and QA Manager have to hire QA Tester who can learn and adopt new things like Windows Mobile 7, Android Honeycomb, iPhone 5, Kindle Fire or Droid fast. It could be done after screening testers resume during regular phone interview by asking typical interview questions. Unlike other testing fields - QA Engineers almost always have to have a sense of the interface, I mean that the testers should have a feel of clean mobile interface, so investigate an ability to test functional interfaces by showing basic mobile application and asking if he interface is usable or just plain terrible.
Finally after checking QA resume, phone interview and passing testing and usability skills exam, hiring manager could continue with typical mobile interview questions verifying mobile testing experience:
- What is the difference between mobile web vs native application?
- Would you recommend to develop mobile web vs native application?
- What is the latest device available for iOS, Android or Windows Mobile 7?
- Tell the difference between Android Gingerbread and Android Honeycomb operations systems?
- Explain in details the challenges of mobile application testing?
- How would you do functionality testing in mobile world?
- How would you approach mobile application usability testing?
- Do you have a performance testing experience for mobile applications?
- How do you test that the mobile app design will be consistent across the different phones?
- What do you have to do to test a new application on a real phone?
- What are pros and cons of using mobile emulators and simulators for mobile testing?
- How would you implement test automation for mobile testing?
- Can we test mobile apps using Selenium test automation tool?
- Would you recommend to implement Agile for mobile testing?
I hope that every QA Manager would incorporate these mobile interview questions in the hiring process, and the mobile testing will be no longer a neglected phase of mobile application development.
- Android Application Testing Guide - is a highly detailed book which gives step-by-step examples for a great variety of real-world case. If you are an Android QA Tester looking to test your applications, then this book is for you. No previous experience in mobile application testing is required.