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Yahoo QA Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 8, 2014
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QA Automation Engineer Interview

QA Automation Engineer
San Francisco, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Yahoo in April 2014.

Interview Details – got a call from recruiter, than got a call from a QA manual tester who was trying to ask questions about automation. Since that guy has no idea what he's talking about the quality of these questions was the same

Interview Question – hate when people don't share results and don't answer on emails   Answer Question

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Software QA Engineer Interview

Software QA Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Yahoo in March 2010.

Interview Details – I was hired as an intern and was converted to full time based on performance. Phone interviews for new college grad are fairly tough. Now, when I look back, I feel like those questions were very basic; but at that stage of my career, they were good questions

Interview Question – Some complex DB query requiring multiple joins (don't remember exactly)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation happened in my case since I was hired as an intern and they were paying fixed hourly amount

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QA Engineer Interview

QA Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Yahoo in January 2010.

Interview Details – first call was the general call from the HR..
second call was from some hiring manager ..

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QA Engineer Interview

QA Engineer
San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Yahoo in March 2011.

Interview Details – Highly technical, object oriented question, programming skills were tested.

Interview Question – What are virtual constructors in C++ ?   View Answers (2)

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QA Engineer Interview

QA Engineer
Champaign, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Yahoo in April 2010.

Interview Details – The position was for a Software Engineer in QA. It was a contract position for 1 year at Yahoo!'s office at Champaign, IL . I was contacted by a team member directly and was asked basic job experience questions. Next I was called on-site where the entire team interviewed me. Five interviews of 45 mins each. Questions tested my Perl and database skills. Some questions related to QA. Got an offer within 2 days.

Interview Questions

  • Explain the QA cycle. I found this difficult since I did I am still in school with non QA experience.   Answer Question
  • What is pine? What is pico ?   View Answer

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QA Engineer Interview

QA Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Yahoo in February 2010.

Interview Details – Very professional. Initial phone screen was quite easy - few questions about data structures and algorithm fundamentals. The on-site process included four 1:1 interviews broken down into categories such as Networks, DS & Algorithms, Testing, and Databases/General Concepts. Be prepared to write some code.

Interview Question – How would you design a database for a company to store employee information? How would you test this design?   Answer Question

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QA Engineer Interview

QA Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Yahoo in September 2009.

Interview Details – I had a phone interview where it was completely about the previous QA Experience.
Later I had an interview which had questions from Java, Database,XML, X-Query, HTTP protocol.
Then it was in person interview where I happen to meet with 4 persons and each one interviewed for about 45 minutes, everyone was good and each had different questions. I really felt kind of worthful questions.

Interview Questions

  • Explain HTTP Get and POST. What is the difference, which one is safe to use?   View Answer
  • Write code to reverse a linked list? ( do not use libraries like stack)   View Answer

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Software QA Engineer Interview

Software QA Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Yahoo in September 2009.

Interview Details – the inverviewer was a technical hiring manager. Unfortunately, I was thinking the first phone interview should be a HR guy. Therefore, I am a little surprised when the guy started to throw technical questions on me.
The technical questions are not hard. It involves Selenium, Hudson, Test Framework, Interface and Localization.
I am a little nervous. So, did not perform very well. Should have more practice and preparation.

Interview Question – what is your experience on Hudson   Answer Question

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Senior QA Engineer Interview

Senior QA Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Yahoo in January 2009.

Interview Details – The hiring process starts with the HR Recruiter calling you up and fixing a date and time for the initial Phone Screen round. Then the cal came at the designated time and it was a Technical Interview with questions mostly coming from the skill I had written on my CV. Most of the questions were centered around UNIX environment and how to run commands on the same and writing of shell and Perl scripts. I think he was satisfied with the answers I gave. (gave an answer to almost all, and said where I was unable to give an answer).
Then I was called by the HR person again after 2 days and asked to come for a Face to Face (1:1) interview, which would be Technical in nature. Here, the person started off by offering water and if I wanted to have some coffee or tea. As I declined, we settled down to a interview. The environment was very casual, people walking around in shorts and t-shirts and all the cubes were decorated with various personal effects of every nature. The interview room had soothing colors and it was a real great feeling to just be there. The atmosphere was very vibrant and full of activity.
I would advise people going for the same to be not nervous and answer questions as they come and say no to the questions where they do not have an answer. The interviewers are no fools and they can see through if you are just trying to walk through your way, without knowing what you are talking about. Be frank about your knowledge skill and do not write anything on your CV, which you may have heard of or just touched but not have enough knowledge to talk about (like expect scripts, etc.)

Interview Questions

  • Given a dictionary, with all possible anagrams of a word, how would you test it out and what is the Data Structure that you will use to construct it with Design of the same.   View Answers (2)
  • How would you kill all processes for user "abc" with name xyz, using only a single command on the command line of UNIX/FreeBSD system. You are allowed to use pipes and sudo commands. Use of killall is not permitted.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Had some personal issues on the compensation being offered and the number of Shares in the form of ESOP and RSU.

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Accepted Offer

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Senior QA Engineer Interview

Senior QA Engineer
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Yahoo.

Interview Details – Interview process was there for a month
I underwent 3 telephonic rounds and 2 technical rounds followed by a HR Round
Interview process was smooth

Interview Question – Finding the second highest employee salary using SQL   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Compensation was good enough ..

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