QA for startups

Early employees play an integral role in building a company and shaping its culture. So please read this carefully. If you are at odds with the kind of company we are building, then chances are you will not be happy joining Qxf2. I want Qxf2 to be a place where I would like to work. I have put some effort into identifying what that means for me.

What kind of company are we trying to build?

1. I want to spend my time among testing experts working on worthwhile problems

I place a premium on smart, motivated professionals who continually learn. I like colleagues that like testing. If you limit your learning to Googling for what exactly you need for your work, then Qxf2 is not going to be a good fit for you.

For example, during our interviews, you will be asked if you do at least one of the following:

  • read, think and learn about how software is made
  • practice testing outside of your job
  • test applications for fun
  • explore tools just to learn something new

Most candidates fail this test. Just telling me that you 'Google and read blogs' is not a good enough answer. If you are a tester reading this, please make an effort to practice testing outside of work!

2. I want good testers to feel valued

Every company has its stars - people that the rest of the company look up to. In too many services based companies, the stars are salesmen or account managers or project managers. Testers become a commodity. Employees suffer through testing just so they can be promoted into more glamorous roles. Within Qxf2, I would like the stars to be testers. In order to make it happen, I have made a conscious decision to not optimize for growth in sales and head count. If you plan to join us in the hope that we expand rapidly and there by boost your wallet and your career, then sorry - Qxf2 is not going to be your lottery ticket. We have been profitable every year since inception. Beyond that I don't really care too much about revenue goals, head count, sales numbers and such.

3. I genuinely want to improve testing theory and practice

Since our inception, I have backed up this desire by investing Qxf2 time and my money into R&D. We have made several topics more accessible to the average tester. I have structured Qxf2 so testers on client engagement still have the support and free time to explore and learn. Our goals page is accurate. It is worth reminding you that our goals do not include a dollar figure or a revenue target or rapid expansion. There are plenty of excellent companies that I personally admire, that have revenue and rapid growth as their goals - nothing wrong with that. Qxf2 is not yet in a position to pursue rapid growth aggressively. Take a close look at our goals and consider joining us only if our goals align with your current career objectives.