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I’m trying to hire some White Box testers to grow my Platform QA Team here at ZING. The job descriptions on our website (and that we’ve posted to various job boards) don’t really do much to interest me in the job, so I’m worried that they’re not appealing to the folks I’m trying to recruit, either.

I spent some time trying to come up with something short and sweet that at least answers the basic set of questions somebody might have about us, and about the jobs I have available. This was in the context of emailing a possible candidate that one of my co-workers referred to me.

Here’s what I came up with in about 5 minutes between lunch and a meeting –

What we do:The Platform QA team is responsible for:

  • Writing automated tests
  • Developing testing frameworks
  • Executing automated and semi-automated tests, and reporting the results
  • Participating in design and code reviews with the development team
  • Creating utilities to improve the Development and QA processes
  • Evaluating and implementing tools (Static Analysis, Code Coverage, etc) to enhance the testing process

What we’re looking for:

  • Experience in software testing and software development, either as a white-box tester or software developer
  • Familiarity with one or more of: C++, C#, or Java
  • Someone who likes to debug complicated problems
  • Some experience with API testing is useful, but not required

About ZING:

  • We’re a Consumer Electronics technology company – we license our hardware and software designs to companies that sell them under their own brand
  • We’re a pre-IPO startup
  • Located in Mountain View, California
  • The first product based on our technology just recently went on the market – the Sirius Stiletto 100 portable satellite radio
  • Website: (a little short on details, but it’s getting better)

Why you should come work here:

  • You’ll get to work with a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies
  • We’ve got a great working relationship between QA and Development
  • You’ll actually get to write code, report bugs, and see them get fixed quickly

What do you think? Is that a reasonable job description, and what sorts of things strike you as missing? Should I include more information about what the actual job duties are? Or more information about the company?

Any suggestions gratefully accepted. And, should you happen to know someone who’s an ace White Box tester looking for a job, send them my way, OK?


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