What skills does a fresher need to have to get an interview for the first time?

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well!
I would like to say that I am really happy for everyone that has managed to find a tester job, because I personally find it very very difficult :woman_shrugging: I have a degree in computer science but no experience in a company or testing in general. Could anyone share that secret of how to at least get considered for a first interview? I have done 100 applications and more and still cannot get an interview. :woman_shrugging: Any advice is welcome :pray:t2:


Can you check this website testingtitbits.com It has answers to all that you need and you can also contact the owener of that site.He will give you practical advice.


Nice one for sharing @parwalrahul’s website. Rahul is super active in the community.

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The potential problems are quite large:

  • are you located where the jobs are?(visa, relocation required?)
  • do you speak the language of the company?(e.g. are you applying in Germany without german?)
  • Are you applying for junior positions? or any position?
  • is the market/request for testers limited in the area?
  • based on their job descriptions, how well do you match the criteria? or do you apply to anything you see?
  • I think many jobs rely on networking - an employee recommending someone they know. Have you been doing any of that?
  • when applying do you personalize the resume/cover letter to match the needs of the company?
  • are you applying via a third party or the company site?(some companies only advertise on many sites but don’t regularly check them).
  • some companies have a slower process than others. I was contacted after 1 week and up to 3 months for applications I’ve done.
  • have you contacted back any of the companies that rejected you to ask for feedback?
  • have you tried getting through to recruiters/consultancies?
  • there’s also a trend of ghost jobs, which can take up to half of the existing positions: Job boards are still rife with 'ghost jobs'. What's the point?
  • companies use automatic resume filtering, without a human involved; do you add enough keywords to match the job requirements? Linkedin shows for some jobs you match X out of Z criteria for the job. Some words can be really specific.
  • have you been at job fairs or events to try and meet people from the company directly?
  • did you go to and register with the local employment agency? sometimes they recommend people to companies and companies get incentives to hire them;
  • are you doing any testing experiences meanwhile? did you try to be part of courses, training, or classes? code some automation tools to support testing or practice testing on free open-source applications?

I think you need to provide a bit context on what tester roles you are applying for. Considering the computer science element im guessing you are looking for automation or performance tester?

When I am looking for junior testers I like to see github repos that you have created to try out the latest automation tools and things. If I see someone that has from scratch created a Cypress automation framework or Selenium I know that I wont have to teach them how to set up configurations or a driver etc, the core basic stuff that every framework needs. I also like to see how they interact with screen objects. Eg if someone puts a full xpath on something I instantly dismiss them :sweat_smile:.

Having a CV that says you can do testing is one thing but actually showing that you have explored and experimented with different tools shows a willingness of self learning and shows your current capabilities.

Another thing is be vocal on linked in, half of your applications go to an HR team who will have been given a list of key words to look out for on a CV. Reaching out to QA/Test Managers can do wonders.

The main thing about this is having real, solid references from people you’ve actually worked with, who know what you can do. They need to be from around here too. And of course, as it was mentioned no visa or any kind of sponsorship, you speak the local language, no one will hire candidates overseas. Your skills and experience might be mediocre or even excellent but without real connections and references you highly likely won’t be considered. And I don’t speak about so-called LI networking, it means nothing. I think you understand, that for freshers this is twice as difficult on the current job market because you don’t have a lot of connections (former colleagues) and experience. The only exception is if you’re an exceptional genius and you have a proof record of this :slight_smile: As one Canadian HR specialist from a recruiting agency said to me “You have to be persistent if you want to land a job” and that’s it, no more advice, unfortunately. In many situations this is just a matter of luck, you apply and wait, and while waiting you work somewhere just to make ends meet and learn stuff to be more competitive on the market. Unfortunately, nowadays, the job market climate is like this almost everywhere, and I would be glad if it was just to be my negative perspective and not the reality :confused:

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Thanks for the mention, @mahatheed .

I would like to point this specific article from my blog which was for this topic:

I am a Beginner, How to find a Job in Testing? - Rahul’s Testing Titbits

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