Meet the manual testing team: Rucsandra Brun

We are back with another employee spotlight. This time, we are presenting another one of our manual testers: Rucsandra’s two big passions are testing and video games, so there’s no wonder she tried to have a career doing both. Before embarking on a software testing journey, she worked for a gaming company, where she tested for one of the big games of 2020. 

Every testing job requires strong problem-solving skills, so it comes as no surprise that mystery-solving board games are her go-to outside of work.

Rucsandra also has a great memory that helped her throughout her career, dating back to vivid memories from her early childhood. She’s also a knowledgeable trivia pro.

Get to know Rucsandra and check out a fun fact that might get you thinking about life below! 

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Before coming to BetterQA, what have you worked as and where?

My career always revolved around testing, so before BetterQA, I did QA for a gaming company. 

How was the game testing experience compared to your current one?

I liked what I did before. Finding bugs is always fun, especially in video games where the bugs lead to hilarious visuals. My favorites are the ones where the player’s character goes out of bounds. However, the job position was limited, and there was no possibility to evolve professionally. After a few years, I already learned everything there was to learn there, and I wanted more. I knew I wanted to continue on the QA path and explore it more.

Why did you join BetterQA, and what has kept you here?

I liked the “readiness” regarding the hiring and interviewing process. I also like that the company does a good job keeping their employees, unlike other companies I have heard of and where I’ve also worked. Another important aspect is that I can always rely on someone to help me in case I ever need it. If I can’t get past a specific process or technology, I know I can ask for help, and someone will offer it ASAP.

What is the most interesting or unusual job you have had?

It wasn’t a job, but I took part in a volunteering project of sorts. It was an association whose goal was to teach Japanese to high school students. We wanted to make some stands filled with objects and things related to Japanese culture—anything from food, origami, anime, ikebana, etc. 

I was responsible for the Ikebana part as the assistant of the Japanese specialist in charge of the workshops. Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers to bring them to life. My job was to schedule appointments, but I took part in these workshops, and it was fascinating to watch. 

What do you find the most challenging, and what do you like most at BetterQA?

The most challenging thing is to balance tasks and the daily calls that I have to participate in with clients and other companies. What I like most is, as I’ve mentioned before, the fact that there’s always someone a call or text away that can help me if I have a problem.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t a software tester? 

I’m passionate about video games, and I’d like to learn to code and develop my video games someday. 

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

Either playing video games, reading, or participating in board game nights with friends. I like the ones where you need to cooperate with others and solve cases and mysteries. There’s one I really like where you’re Sherlock Holmes’ right hand. You’re not fully a detective, but you need to follow the clues around London and figure stuff out with the help of a table of contents and location items from the game. While it’s very engaging, beware because it might take several hours. 

What’s a fun fact about you that not many people know? 

I have a pretty good long-term memory. My earliest memory is from the nursery when I was around three years old.

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is my home, no doubt about it. Still, I’d love to visit Prague one day. I’ve always wanted to go, but I never seem to find the time to travel (the pandemic hasn’t been too helpful either).

Who would you like to be for a day if given a chance? 

I would definitely be one of those cat or dog mayors from those strange cities. I would also vote for a dog if I could!

What is the weirdest fact you know? 

Cleopatra was born closer to the invention of the iPhone than the building of the pyramids. It kind of makes you doubt the passage of time.

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