Interview hacks for QA Specialist candidates

A handy guide to nailing your QA Specialist interviews

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re thinking of applying to Shapr3D – or may already have – which is really exciting for us! 🚀 This handy guide will help you nail the QA Specialist interviews with confidence.

What are we focusing on during the interview process?

Our recruitment mission is to build a world-class engineering team to develop an iconic, mobile-first CAD app for the 21st century. Our interview process is designed to help us understand each candidate’s values, engineering principles and experience, and to find out if they can successfully contribute to this effort in the long run.

What makes someone successful at Shapr3D?

The most important values that QA specialists at Shapr3D have in common are their commitment to lifelong learning and dedication to excellence. We are building a CAD software product, tackling one of the most complex engineering problems out there. We aspire to do things that no one has done before, and we aim to disrupt an industry that hasn’t changed in the past 40 years.

Solving problems in our domain requires in-depth knowledge of computer architecture, operating systems, and computer science – which we assess during the stages of the interview process. In each round, we give you insights into how we work at Shapr3Dand  gather information about how you might fit into our journey going forward.

The tl;dr version of our typical interview process goes like this:

As for the more detailed version, here’s a step-by-step guide.

1. Application

The first step is the application form. Here we ask you to include your CV, detailing your past experience and achievements. We’re also super interested in your pet projects. Depending on the position you are applying for, we might also include some role-related questions.

What kind of info should I include in my application?

2. Intro chat

If your skills and experience seem like a good fit for us, we’ll schedule a short chat to introduce you to Shapr3D and get to know you a bit better. You will have an approx. 30-40 minute Google Hangouts or Zoom call with one of our tech recruiters. You won’t need to prepare anything in advance.

We’ll talk about your experience in more detail, and why you’re interested in joining us. You’ll also be able to ask us any questions you might have and we'll align at this stage on possible next steps.

So, how do I nail the intro screening call?

3. Homework

If we’re aligned in the intro call, we’ll give you a take-home technical assignment customized as per the role you applied for. This test allows you to showcase your technical skills using your preferred tools. This homework also gives you very good insights into what types of problems a QA Specialist typically faces day-to-day at Shapr3D.

Based on feedback, candidates usually spend 8 to 16 hours completing the take-home assignment. We know that’s a lot! We appreciate your commitment and always make sure to pair it with detailed feedback on your solution, no matter the outcome. We are also conscious that you might wonder why so much, so early in the process? There are a few reasons:

Tips to navigate the take-home assignment stage:

4. On-site interview

If your homework meets our criteria, we’ll invite you to our office (now it’s remote due to the pandemic) for a series of interviews with potential team members and the management.

Tips on how you can be successful at the final interview stage:

The best advice we can give for the cultural interview is to come prepared with specific examples from your past that generally portray your own principles and values, or examples of situations where you demonstrated our values. Think of situations where you solved a complex problem, failures that changed your perspective, work that you are proud of, and situations or feedback you learned the most from.

Think of this stage as an unstructured conversation. We ask a lot of open questions so that we can learn a lot about you, and we encourage you to do the same!

We hope you found this guide to the QA specialist application process useful! And if you haven’t already, check out another useful link about our engineering team & culture here.

Best of luck!