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

Terry: Tell me about what you see as your key strengths.

Allen: I would say a propensity for details, paying attention to the details, because that’s what important in a quality assurance position.  This would be making sure you’ve entered the right data, that you created test cases that cover all of the requirements and that you documented that everything you’ve tested works, when they don’t work that you document that.

The whole, from beginning to end, I enjoy the whole process.  I think I’m good at it.

Terry: Are there other strengths that you bring beyond the quality assurance related technical one?

Allen: That’s a good question.  One of the things I pride myself on is communication and that would be between two types of people.  One would be the technical person who likes the detail and then the business analyst who doesn’t use that kind of detail that a programmer would need.

I see myself as a person that can talk to either.  I’m a member of Toastmaster’s for the last eight years so I’ve learned a lot of learning about your audience and who you’re speaking to, gearing what I’m saying to each person or group.

Terry: Okay.

Allen: I think those soft skills are important in addition to technical skills.  Being able to talk to business analyst, the manager without going into too much detail so their eyes don’t get glossed over, but again the programmer may need a bit more detail and I can do that as well.

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

Q4. What are your strengths? – ALLEN QUICK RATING –  C then B

When prompted you added people skills, may differentiate you from competitors.

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