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Snag Your Next Quality Assurance Role

Posted by Donna Recchione on Aug 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In Candidate, Job Search Tips, Interview Tips, ICS insights

The title "Quality Assurance" may not have the same kind of head-turning appeal as other gigs, but when it really comes down to it, few other positions can provide a combination of fulfillment and challenges at the same time. This kind of work is for people who love to identify problems, make improvements, and continually seek out better ways to perform different tasks. 

There are QA positions throughout the professional world. Some test programs and hardware to make sure the technology works as it should. Others work in manufacturing plants, where everything from cars to soda is produced. Whatever the business type, employees in the QA role help keep production on track and free of potential problems. In fact, a quality assurance role is paramount to a well-oiled company, no matter the size. 

Due to the high reliance on quality QAs, these positions tend to fill up quickly. Often times, companies hire and promote from within because these professionals already know the business, the line of work, and how the production or the product should ideally work. Due to this, it can be a bit of a challenge to land the initial QA job within a company. 

When landing the position, it's possible to learn about all the different elements of a business, what it takes to produce a particular product, and all the little ins and outs of the company. Having this kind of experience eventually opens up to near limitless potential for moving on to other jobs within the company. However, in order to do this, it's necessary to understand how to snag your next quality assurance role. 

Have a Passion For the Product

When going on a job search for possible quality assurance roles, it's important to have a passion for the product in question. When going in for an interview, it can't just be about the job. It also needs to be about what the business does, because the QA will work along nearly all aspects of the company. 

Even if there isn't an initial passion for the product and it's more about landing a paying position, it's critical to research the product, the company and learn everything there is to know about the company and what it does. Feigning passion, at least in the interview, can help land the job. However, a real passion for the product needs to matriculate; otherwise, it will prove challenging to work with the company and to identify issues within the products coming out of the company. 

A company wants their QA to be passionate about the product because that helps identify potential problems before it moves further into distribution. A lack of passion will likely result in a lack of job opportunities. 

Break It Every Way Possible

Who doesn't love to break things on purpose? That's basically the job of a QA. It's about looking for weaknesses in a product and, more or less, trying to break it. You can bet someone along the line will break it, which can do anything from cause a minor inconvenience to major problems for the company. That's why the QA needs to dig deep into the product, the manufacturing process, everything that goes into it, and what breaks it. 

So how does that help actually land a QA position? After all, breaking and taking apart the product doesn't come until after the position is obtained. This is where putting in the necessary research into the company and its product is so important. 

To stand out from the interviewing competition, it's necessary to present not just detailed information on the product a business produces, but to poke holes, search for problems, and offer solutions to how it can be corrected. This shows not just how dedicated a person is, but how well they can do their job, even without all of the facts (because someone on the inside will naturally have more access to the product than someone out the outside). 

As a QA position is in high demand, it's critical to stand out from the rest of the pack. This is one of the best ways to do just that. 

It's All About the Details

In order to excel at the QA position, it's critical to be a stickler for the details. A strong attention to details is an essential element to any quality assurance position, and so, as such, this needs to be present in any job search application or interview. 

Many jobs will not consider an applicant with any kind of errors in their resume. This is especially the case when it comes to being a QA. The entire position revolves around identifying problems. If there is an error in the resume, the application will likely end up in the trash can. 

Before submitting any material, the applicant needs to dig through their cover letter, portfolio, resume, work samples, and all other included material. While most other applications need to be good, these applications need to be perfect. 

Understand Why It Is So Important

A quality assurance professional knows they need to spot problems and flag these issues. However, they need to also know why it is important and how it will affect the business should they fail. The failure of a QA can have rippling repercussions throughout the rest of the business. 

During an interview, it helps to demonstrate this. A professional who not only understands the importance of his or her job but how their job affects the bottom line of a business makes the applicant that much more of a valuable addition to the business. 

Land Your Next Role

Landing a QA position is a desirable job as it opens the individual up for limitless potential. However, this is also a desirable position because of this, which is why an applicant needs to know how to make themselves stand out above the rest of the pack. By following through with these tips and tricks, it's possible to snag potential quality assurance roles that become available. 

Now that you know how to get the gig, you should apply today! Start your search below and see all the opportunities we have available. We'd be happy to connect you with the people that matter. All you have to do is focus on the tips given. Click below to begin the next step in your career. 

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