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Manual Testing Interview Questions

Rujuta Borkar
Read on to know some of the most commonly asked manual testing interview questions.
Manual testing is one of the oldest and most effective ways to test a software. Whenever a new software is developed, it has to be tested in order to verify its effectiveness and also to validate if it meets user requirements. For this, manual or automation testing can be carried out on the software.
Manual testing is a type of software testing, where the software is tested by a tester, as though he were an end user.
Manual testing requires, most importantly, a 'tester'. One who is required to have certain qualities because the job demands it - he needs to be observant, creative, innovative, speculative, open-minded, resourceful, patient, skillful and possess certain other qualities that will help him with his job.
Here we shall not be concentrating on what a tester is like, but rather on what some of the manual testing interview questions are. So if you have a doubt in this regard, read on to know what these questions entail.

Must Know Manual Testing Questions

While there are several questions that one needs to know in the manual testing area, the following list features some of the most important questions that one cannot ignore. One has to know the answers to these sufficiently well.
  • What is the structure of a bug life cycle?
  • What is the difference between bug, error and defect?
  • What does 'testing' mean?
  • In case of defects in the software, how are priority and severity defined?
  • How does one make use of QC? Draw differences between QC and QA.
  • What is equivalence class partitioning?
  • Explain the difference between usability and functional defects. Give an example to further clarify the answer.
  • What is the importance of drivers and stubs in testing?
  • What is the difference between debugging and testing? Explain in detail.
  • What is the difference between testing tools and testing techniques?

Questions for Freshers

The following are some of the interview questions for manual testing. This list will give you a fair idea of what these questions are like and you can prepare for them accordingly. These will help you get into the more intricate and complex formats of testing.
  • What is accessibility testing?
  • What is Ad Hoc Testing?
  • What is Alpha Testing?
  • What is Beta Testing?
  • What is Component Testing?
  • What is Compatibility Testing?
  • What is Data Driven Testing?
  • What is Concurrency Testing?
  • What is Conformance Testing?
  • What is Context Driven Testing?
  • What is Conversion Testing?
  • What is Depth Testing?
  • What is Dynamic Testing?
  • What is End-to-End testing?
  • What is Endurance Testing (or Soak Testing)?
  • What is Installation Testing?
  • What is Exhaustive Testing?
  • What is Localization Testing?
  • What is Loop Testing?
  • What is Mutation Testing?
  • What is Positive Testing?
  • What is Monkey Testing (or Gorilla Testing)?
  • What is Negative Testing?
  • What is Path Testing?
  • What is Ramp Testing?
  • What is Performance Testing?
  • What is Recovery Testing?
  • What is Regression testing?
  • What is Re-testing testing?
  • What is Stress Testing?
  • What is Sanity Testing?
  • What is Smoke Testing?
  • What is Volume Testing?
  • What is Usability testing?
  • What is Scalability Testing?
  • What is User Acceptance testing?
  • How does one test a web application?
  • Explain in detail what integration testing is.
  • What is pilot testing.
  • Explain in detail what boundary value analysis is.
  • What do you write in a test plan?
  • What is risk analysis? Explain in detail.
  • What purpose does a test plan serve in your project?
  • Draw differences between web application testing and client server testing.
  • Can you explain the V model in manual testing?
  • What is the water fall model in manual testing?
  • What is the purpose of carrying out manual testing for a background process that does not have a user interface and how do you go about it?
  • Explain with an example what test case and bug report are.
  • How does one go about reviewing a test case and what are the types that are available?
  • What is AUT?
  • What is compatibility testing?
  • What is debugging?
  • What is the fish model?
  • What is port testing?
  • Explain in detail the difference between smoke and sanity testing.
  • What is the difference between usability testing and GUI testing?
  • What is the test case life cycle?
  • What is the difference between test scenarios and test strategy?
  • When is decision table testing used?
  • What are the benefits of test independence?
  • In the agile model, what are the different testing methodologies used?
  • What is the main objective when reviewing a software deliverable?
  • What is functional system testing? Explain in detail.
Why do these questions help? They help you to prepare for what lies ahead. The career opportunities that an IT job provides is greater than what many other fields provide, and if you're from this field then you'll know what I'm talking about, right?