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Highly Questionable - Being Interview Ready
Ben Kelly

No matter what side of the table you’re sitting on, interviewing is a skill.

If you’re hunting for a new job, how do you make sure you get your best self across, no matter what?
How do you answer those curly questions interviewers throw out?
What questions should you be asking them?
How do you make sure that the role is something you want to be spending the majority of your waking hours on?

Ben has spent countless hours interviewing software development candidates and reviewing their CVs. He’ll share some of his experiences and pragmatic tips to help you nail that next job interview. Providing practical answers to the above questions helping both sides of the table.

Takeaways

Practical tips on

  • Preparing for an interview
  • Showing the best of yourself
  • Making sure the job is right for you
  • Talking about money like a grown-up

Ben Kelly
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For me, the various software development disciplines are complimentary and they are more effective when each discipline understands the fundamentals of the others. Testers especially need to have many strings to their bow as they are also an information conduit, seeking information and getting it to people who can benefit from it.

My view of testing and software development is heavily influenced by my martial arts background. I hold a 5th Dan in kendo and represented Australia several times at the world kendo championships. Just as with kendo, or anything worth mastering, software testing requires consistent and deliberate practice with the intent to improve.

Software testing has been a huge part of my life for more than fifteen years now. I’ve built and led teams in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom at companies ranging from small start-ups to enterprise level multinational corporations, including heading up software testing for the European Product Development department at eBay. I’m now the managing director of House of Test UK.

In addition to my company duties, I like to run workshops and speak at conferences around the world. There are some really interesting developments in the software testing industry. There’s a critical mass of skilled practitioners connecting with one another to share their experience and skills and I’m excited to be a part of it.