Software Testing in India is almost full of Fakes:

Its True. Testing is the easiest possible IT Job in Indian IT Services Industry. Earlier, no one considered Software Testing as a full time career. Even the so-called Top MNCs in India didn't think that way. Testing was mostly done by Freshers (Graduate Trainees) and Developers (after Coding). Many considered Testing as a layman’s job. When the focus changed to Quality, Clients insisted on dedicated Quality Assurance & Control team (esp. the era of CMM/CMMi/PCMMi — after Y2K).

With sudden need for experienced Testing Engineers, the demand for them increased steeply. Many (Freshers, Bench-ers, under-performing Developers etc.) were immediately trained in Testing concepts and made Test Engineers. The training might be for couple of weeks, where the resources will be get to know the various glossary terms (viz. Manual Testing, Automation Testing, System Testing, Regression Testing, Defect, Bug, Test Case, V-Model etc.). After ISTQB foundation certification came in India, this got even simpler. This Certification is more than enough to be a Test Engineer. These so-called trained resources from early years of this Century are the experts of the field now (Team Leads/Project Managers/Consultants). At least, these resources have hands-on experience over these years, which gave them some knowledge, to some extent.

When the demand kept increasing, lateral hiring of experienced resources in Testing started. Unfortunately, this is the beginning of fall. In India, faking of experience is a common practice. A resource ‘X’ who doesn’t have any knowledge/experience in a Technology ‘Y’ can get both with just a matter of time and money. X might have completed graduation in 2005 and have been searching for a Job for at least 3 years (yeah, its pretty hard to get a job in India without experience that too in IT; the only possibility is Campus Recruitment, which is available only for top colleges and top scoring students; others are open to market). So, the X, who have wasted 3 years in search of a job, at last give up. He has lost 3 years, so no one hire him as a Fresher (3 more batch of students might have come out by then) and he has no experience too. Only possibility, Fake thy experience!

X joins a training center ‘Z’ who trains in Technology ‘Y’, make a deal with them. If he should join Z for training, they should give him experience certificate for that 3 years. On a premium payment, Z agrees to X. The training period might be 3 to 6 months (depends on what Y is). At the end, X might have got some knowledge on Y. Now, with the Knowledge and the Experience he has ‘gained’, he starts giving interview as a resource with 3+ years experience. X might not be successful in first attempt, after all, failures are the stepping stones to success. With few interviews, X might get to know the interview process, type of questions they ask and how to answer them.

One fine day, X will get an offer from ‘ABC Corp’ as a Senior Software Engineer with a fat package, which is two fold of what one earns when joining as a Fresher.

Now, consider the Technology ‘Y’ (not the right word) as Testing. One might need 3–6 months to learn Java development or SAP. But to learn Testing (in Indian terms), one might need only a month (Manual Tester — 2 weeks, Automation tester — 2 more weeks). Moreover, you don’t need to learn any programming language, framework, tools etc. You just need to have knowledge on the Testing terminologies (after all, those who are going to interview you are the Team Leads/Project Managers/Consultants whom we saw earlier. They will be happy if you could answer the definitions, as most of the Interviews are subjective here). These guys might struggle in their initial days, but most of them just do what they do, and survive!

So, the X, who completed graduation in 2005, got into Testing as Senior Testing Engineer in 2008 (with 3+ years fakxperience), will be of 10 years experienced by now. X might be a Senior consultant with years of experience including deputation at Client location.

Although people like X are just a fraction of the overall IT Industry in India, the number is growing, reason being demand-supply gap of resources for certain skill set & impact of these X on the eco-system (by hiring Fakers/unskilled resources due to their knowledge).

Though Industrial Course correction (like 2009 recession) throw away some of these Tumors, it is still the beginning of Cancer.

Its True. Testing is the easiest possible IT Job in Indian IT Services Industry. Earlier, no one considered Software Testing as a full time career. Even the so-called Top MNCs in India didn't think that way. Testing was mostly done by Freshers (Graduate Trainees) and Developers (after Coding). Many considered Testing as a layman’s job. When the focus changed to Quality, Clients insisted on dedicated Quality Assurance & Control team (esp. the era of CMM/CMMi/PCMMi — after Y2K).

With sudden need for experienced Testing Engineers, the demand for them increased steeply. Many (Freshers, Bench-ers, under-performing Developers etc.) were immediately trained in Testing concepts and made Test Engineers. The training might be for couple of weeks, where the resources will be get to know the various glossary terms (viz. Manual Testing, Automation Testing, System Testing, Regression Testing, Defect, Bug, Test Case, V-Model etc.). After ISTQB foundation certification came in India, this got even simpler. This Certification is more than enough to be a Test Engineer. These so-called trained resources from early years of this Century are the experts of the field now (Team Leads/Project Managers/Consultants). At least, these resources have hands-on experience over these years, which gave them some knowledge, to some extent.

When the demand kept increasing, lateral hiring of experienced resources in Testing started. Unfortunately, this is the beginning of fall. In India, faking of experience is a common practice. A resource ‘X’ who doesn’t have any knowledge/experience in a Technology ‘Y’ can get both with just a matter of time and money. X might have completed graduation in 2005 and have been searching for a Job for at least 3 years (yeah, its pretty hard to get a job in India without experience that too in IT; the only possibility is Campus Recruitment, which is available only for top colleges and top scoring students; others are open to market). So, the X, who have wasted 3 years in search of a job, at last give up. He has lost 3 years, so no one hire him as a Fresher (3 more batch of students might have come out by then) and he has no experience too. Only possibility, Fake thy experience!

X joins a training center ‘Z’ who trains in Technology ‘Y’, make a deal with them. If he should join Z for training, they should give him experience certificate for that 3 years. On a premium payment, Z agrees to X. The training period might be 3 to 6 months (depends on what Y is). At the end, X might have got some knowledge on Y. Now, with the Knowledge and the Experience he has ‘gained’, he starts giving interview as a resource with 3+ years experience. X might not be successful in first attempt, after all, failures are the stepping stones to success. With few interviews, X might get to know the interview process, type of questions they ask and how to answer them.

One fine day, X will get an offer from ‘ABC Corp’ as a Senior Software Engineer with a fat package, which is two fold of what one earns when joining as a Fresher.

Now, consider the Technology ‘Y’ (not the right word) as Testing. One might need 3–6 months to learn Java development or SAP. But to learn Testing (in Indian terms), one might need only a month (Manual Tester — 2 weeks, Automation tester — 2 more weeks). Moreover, you don’t need to learn any programming language, framework, tools etc. You just need to have knowledge on the Testing terminologies (after all, those who are going to interview you are the Team Leads/Project Managers/Consultants whom we saw earlier. They will be happy if you could answer the definitions, as most of the Interviews are subjective here). These guys might struggle in their initial days, but most of them just do what they do, and survive!

So, the X, who completed graduation in 2005, got into Testing as Senior Testing Engineer in 2008 (with 3+ years fakxperience), will be of 10 years experienced by now. X might be a Senior consultant with years of experience including deputation at Client location.

Although people like X are just a fraction of the overall IT Industry in India, the number is growing, reason being demand-supply gap of resources for certain skill set & impact of these X on the eco-system (by hiring Fakers/unskilled resources due to their knowledge).

Though Industrial Course correction (like 2009 recession) throw away some of these Tumors, it is still the beginning of Cancer.

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