man(Who is Allen? Allen – QA Analyst and Programmer since 1985 seeking Quality Assurance Tester job)

Terry: What would you do if you were in a situation and you saw and had the feeling that you might not be able to meet the deadline that you’ve been given?

Allen: In the past, I had a good manager and he would say that, as you know, sometimes test cases can take a little longer than some other ones.  You can get into a difficult situation where it takes more than a half hour.  It may take a couple of hours to develop the case and then run it and things can fall behind.

The two things we’ve always done is to push back, tell the manager the scenario that this test case or these test cases are taking much longer.  Is there someone else that maybe has time to step in?  Sometimes he has people that are freed up and we help each other and in the other way, I would help somebody who’s falling behind.

The other thing we’ve done is to work overtime.  That is part of the job, either staying an extra hour or two at night and even working weekends, because deadlines sometimes can’t change, because of release deadlines.  That is part of my job and I understand that.  It’s not a problem.

Here’s how I would rate this answer . . .

Q8. What would you do if . . . – ALLEN QUICK RATING – D

Your answer is missing the “I ” of what you did, tell the story that shows your specific actions when you did face this situation if you’re not responding with an example that’s a made up, if I had to address this sitution.

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