Advance Selenium interview questions and answers

Advance Selenium interview questions and answers

1.What is Automation Testing?

Automation testing or Test Automation is a process of automating the manual process to test the application/system under test. Automation testing involves the use of a separate testing tool which lets you create test scripts which can be executed repeatedly and doesn’t require any manual intervention.

2.What are the benefits of Automation Testing?

Aids in testing a large test matrix

Encourages unattended execution

Supports execution of repeated test cases

Improves accuracy thereby reducing human-generated errors

Enables parallel execution

Saves time and money

3.Why should Selenium be selected as a test tool?

Selenium is a free and open source and have a large user base and helping communities

have cross Browser compatibility (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.)

have great platform compatibility (Windows, Mac OS, Linux etc.)

supports multiple programming languages ( Python,Java, C#, Ruby,Pearl etc.)

has fresh and regular repository developments

supports distributed testing

4.What is Selenium? What are the different Selenium components?

Selenium is one of the most popular automated testing suites. Selenium is designed in a way to support and encourage automation testing of functional aspects of web-based applications and a wide range of browsers and platforms. Due to its existence in the open source community, it has become one of the most accepted tools amongst the testing professionals.

Selenium is not just a single tool or a utility, rather a package of several testing tools and for the same reason, it is referred to as a Suite. Each of these tools is designed to cater different testing and test environment requirements.

5.What are the testing types that can be supported by Selenium?

a)Functional Testing

b)Regression Testing

6.What are the limitations of Selenium?

Selenium supports testing of only web-based applications

Mobile applications cannot be tested using Selenium

Captcha and Barcode readers cannot be tested using Selenium

Reports can only be generated using third-party tools like TestNG or JUnit.

As Selenium is a free tool, thus there is no ready vendor support through the user can find numerous helping communities.


7.When should I use Selenium IDE?

Selenium IDE is the simplest and easiest of all the tools within the Selenium Package. Its record and playback feature make it exceptionally easy to learn with minimal acquaintances to any programming language. Selenium IDE is an ideal tool for a naïve user.

8.What is Selenese?

Selenese is the language which is used to write test scripts in Selenium IDE.

9.What are the different types of locators in Selenium?

The locator can be termed as an address that identifies a web element uniquely within the webpage. Thus, to identify web elements accurately and precisely we have different types of locators in Selenium:








CSS Selector


10.What is the difference between assert and verify commands?

Assert: Assert command checks whether the given condition is true or false. Let’s say we assert whether the given element is present on the web page or not. If the condition is true then the program control will execute the next test step but if the condition is false, the execution would stop and no further test would be executed.

Verify: Verify command also checks whether the given condition is true or false. Irrespective of the condition being true or false, the program execution doesn’t halt i.e. any failure during verification would not stop the execution and all the test steps would be executed.

11.What is an XPath?

XPath is used to locate a web element based on its XML path. XML stands for Extensible Markup Language and is used to store, organize and transport arbitrary data. It stores data in a key-value pair which is very much similar to HTML tags. Both being markup languages and since they fall under the same umbrella, XPath can be used to locate HTML elements.

The fundamental behind locating elements using XPath is the traversing between various elements across the entire page and thus enabling a user to find an element with the reference of another element.

12.What is the difference between “/” and “//” in Xpath?

Single Slash “/” – Single slash is used to create Xpath with absolute path i.e. the xpath would be created to start selection from the document node/start node.

Double Slash “//” – Double slash is used to create Xpath with relative path i.e. the xpath would be created to start selection from anywhere within the document.

13.What is Same origin policy and how it can be handled?

The problem of same origin policy disallows to access the DOM of a document from an origin that is different from the origin we are trying to access the document.

14.When should I use Selenium Grid?

Selenium Grid can be used to execute same or different test scripts on multiple platforms and browsers concurrently so as to achieve distributed test execution, testing under different environments and saving execution time remarkably.

15.What do we mean by Selenium 1 and Selenium 2?

Selenium RC and WebDriver, in a combination, are popularly known as Selenium 2. Selenium RC alone is also referred as Selenium 1.

16.Which is the latest Selenium tool?


17.How do I launch the browser using WebDriver?

The following syntax can be used to launch Browser:

WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();

WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();

WebDriver driver = new InternetExplorerDriver();

18.What are the different types of Drivers available in WebDriver?

The different drivers available in WebDriver are:









19.What are the different types of waits available in WebDriver?

There are two types of waits available in WebDriver:

Implicit Wait

Explicit Wait

Implicit Wait: Implicit waits are used to provide a default waiting time (say 30 seconds) between each consecutive test step/command across the entire test script. Thus, subsequent test step would only execute when the 30 seconds have elapsed after executing the previous test step/command.

Explicit Wait: Explicit waits are used to halt the execution till the time a particular condition is met or the maximum time has elapsed. Unlike Implicit waits, explicit waits are applied for a particular instance only.

20.How to type in a textbox using Selenium?

The user can use sendKeys(“String to be entered”) to enter the string in the textbox.


WebElement username = drv.findElement(“Email”));

// entering username


21.How can you find if an element in displayed on the screen?

WebDriver facilitates the user with the following methods to check the visibility of the web elements. These web elements can be buttons, drop boxes, checkboxes, radio buttons, labels etc.






boolean buttonPresence = driver.findElement(“gbqfba”)).isDisplayed();


boolean buttonSelected = driver.findElement(“gbqfba”)).isDisplayed();


boolean searchIconEnabled = driver.findElement(“gbqfb”)).isEnabled();

22.How can we get a text of a web element?

Get command is used to retrieve the inner text of the specified web element. The command doesn’t require any parameter but returns a string value. It is also one of the extensively used commands for verification of messages, labels, errors etc displayed on the web pages.


String Text = driver.findElement(“Text”)).getText();

23.How to select value in a dropdown?

The value in the dropdown can be selected using WebDriver’s Select class.



Select selectByValue = new Select(driver.findElement(“SelectID_One”)));



Select selectByVisibleText = new Select (driver.findElement(“SelectID_Two”)));



Select selectByIndex = new Select(driver.findElement(“SelectID_Three”)));


24.What are the different types of navigation commands?

Following are the navigation commands:

navigate().back() – The above command requires no parameters and takes back the user to the previous webpage in the web browser’s history.

Sample code:


navigate().forward() – This command lets the user to navigate to the next web page with reference to the browser’s history.

Sample code:


navigate().refresh() – This command lets the user to refresh the current web page there by reloading all the web elements

25.How to click on a hyper link using linkText?


The command finds the element using link text and then click on that element and thus the user would be re-directed to the corresponding page.

The above-mentioned link can also be accessed by using the following command.


The above command finds the element based on the substring of the link provided in the parenthesis and thus partialLinkText() finds the web element with the specified substring and then clicks on it.

26.How to handle frame in WebDriver?

An inline frame acronym as iframe is used to insert another document within the current HTML document or simply a web page into a web page by enabling nesting.

Select iframe by id

driver.switchTo().frame(“ID of the frame“);

Locating iframe using tagName


Locating iframe using index



frame(Name of Frame)

driver.switchTo().frame(“name of the frame”);

frame(WebElement element)

Select Parent Window


27.When do we use findElement() and findElements()?

findElement(): findElement() is used to find the first element in the current web page matching to the specified locator value. Take a note that only first matching element would be fetched.


WebElement element = driver.findElements(By.xpath(“//div[@id=’example’]//ul//li”));

findElements(): findElements() is used to find all the elements in the current web page matching to the specified locator value. Take a note that all the matching elements would be fetched and stored in the list of WebElements.


List <WebElement> elementList = driver.findElements(By.xpath(“//div[@id=’example’]//ul//li”));

28.How to find more than one web element in the list?

At times, we may come across elements of same type like multiple hyperlinks, images etc arranged in an ordered or unordered list. Thus, it makes absolute sense to deal with such elements by a single piece of code and this can be done using WebElement List.

29.What is the difference between driver.close() and driver.quit command?

close(): WebDriver’s close() method closes the web browser window that the user is currently working on or we can also say the window that is being currently accessed by the WebDriver. The command neither requires any parameter nor does it return any value.

quit(): Unlike close() method, quit() method closes down all the windows that the program has opened. Same as close() method, the command neither requires any parameter nor does is return any value.

30.Can Selenium handle windows based pop up?

Selenium is an automation testing tool which supports only web application testing. Therefore, windows pop up cannot be handled using Selenium.

31.How can we handle web-based pop up?

WebDriver offers the users with a very efficient way to handle these pop-ups using Alert interface. There are the four methods that we would be using along with the Alert interface.

void dismiss() – The accept() method clicks on the “Cancel” button as soon as the pop-up window appears.

void accept() – The accept() method clicks on the “Ok” button as soon as the pop-up window appears.

String getText() – The getText() method returns the text displayed on the alert box.

void sendKeys(String stringToSend) – The sendKeys() method enters the specified string pattern into the alert box.


// accepting javascript alert

Alert alert = driver.switchTo().alert();


32.How can we handle windows based pop up?

Selenium is an automation testing tool which supports only web application testing, that means, it doesn’t support testing of windows based applications. However Selenium alone can’t help the situation but along with some third-party intervention, this problem can be overcome. There are several third-party tools available for handling window based pop-ups along with the selenium like AutoIT, Robot class etc.

33.How to assert title of the web page?

//verify the title of the web page

assertTrue(“The title of the window is incorrect.”,driver.getTitle().equals(“Title of the page”));

34.How to mouse hover on a web element using WebDriver?

WebDriver offers a wide range of interaction utilities that the user can exploit to automate mouse and keyboard events. Action Interface is one such utility which simulates the single user interactions.

Thus, In the following scenario, we have used Action Interface to mouse hover on a drop down which then opens a list of options.

Sample Code:


// Instantiating Action Interface


Actions actions=new Actions(driver);


// howering on the dropdown


actions.moveToElement(driver.findElement(“id of the dropdown”))).perform();


// Clicking on one of the items in the list options


WebElement subLinkOption=driver.findElement(“id of the sub link”));


35.How to retrieve CSS properties of an element?

The values of the css properties can be retrieved using a get() method:


driver.findElement(“id“)).getCssValue(“name of css attribute”);


36.What is Junit?

Junit is a unit testing framework introduced by Apache. Junit is based on Java.

37.What are Junit annotations?

Following are the JUnit Annotations:

@Test: Annotation lets the system know that the method annotated as @Test is a test method. There can be multiple test methods in a single test script.

@Before: Method annotated as @Before lets the system know that this method shall be executed every time before each of the test methods.

@After: Method annotated as @After lets the system know that this method shall be executed every time after each of the test method.

@BeforeClass: Method annotated as @BeforeClass lets the system know that this method shall be executed once before any of the test methods.

@AfterClass: Method annotated as @AfterClass lets the system know that this method shall be executed once after any of the test methods.

@Ignore: Method annotated as @Ignore lets the system know that this method shall not be executed.

38.What is TestNG and how is it better than Junit?

TestNG is an advanced framework designed in a way to leverage the benefits by both the developers and testers. With the commencement of the frameworks, JUnit gained an enormous popularity across the Java applications, Java developers and Java testers with remarkably increasing the code quality. Despite being easy to use and straightforward, JUnit has its own limitations which give rise to the need of bringing TestNG into the picture. TestNG is an open source framework which is distributed under the Apache Software License and is readily available for download.

TestNG with WebDriver provides an efficient and effective test result format that can, in turn, be shared with the stakeholders to have a glimpse on the product’s/application’s health thereby eliminating the drawback of WebDriver’s incapability to generate test reports. TestNG has an inbuilt exception handling mechanism which lets the program to run without terminating unexpectedly.

There are various advantages that make TestNG superior to JUnit. Some of them are:

Added advance and easy annotations

Execution patterns can set

Concurrent execution of test scripts

Test case dependencies can be set

39.What is a framework?

The framework is a constructive blend of various guidelines, coding standards, concepts, processes, practices, project hierarchies, modularity, reporting mechanism, test data injections etc. to pillar automation testing.

40.What are the advantages of Automation framework?

The advantage of Test Automation framework

Reusability of code

Maximum coverage

Recovery scenario

Low-cost maintenance

Minimal manual intervention

Easy Reporting

41.What are the different types of frameworks?

Below are the different types of frameworks:

Module Based Testing Framework: The framework divides the entire “Application Under Test” into the number of logical and isolated modules. For each module, we create a separate and independent test script. Thus, when these test scripts taken together builds a larger test script representing more than one module.

Library Architecture Testing Framework: The basic fundamental behind the framework is to determine the common steps and group them into functions under a library and call those functions in the test scripts whenever required.

Data Driven Testing Framework: Data Driven Testing Framework helps the user segregate the test script logic and the test data from each other. It lets the user store the test data into an external database. The data is conventionally stored in “Key-Value” pairs. Thus, the key can be used to access and populate the data within the test scripts.

Keyword Driven Testing Framework: The Keyword Driven testing framework is an extension to Data-driven Testing Framework in a sense that it not only segregates the test data from the scripts, it also keeps the certain set of code belonging to the test script into an external data file.

Hybrid Testing Framework: Hybrid Testing Framework is a combination of more than one above mentioned frameworks. The best thing about such a setup is that it leverages the benefits of all kinds of associated frameworks.

Behavior Driven Development Framework: Behavior Driven Development framework allows automation of functional validations in easily readable and understandable format to Business Analysts, Developers, Testers, etc.

42.Can WebDriver test Mobile applications?

WebDriver cannot test Mobile applications. WebDriver is a web-based testing tool, therefore applications on the mobile browsers can be tested.

43.Can captcha be automated?

No, captcha and barcode reader cannot be automated.

Mention what is the use of X-path?

X-Path is used to find the WebElement in web pages. It is also useful in identifying the dynamic elements.

Refer Complete Guide on XPath

44.Explain the difference between single and double slash in X-path?

Single slash ‘/ ’

Single slash ( / ) start selection from the document node

It allows you to create ‘absolute’ path expressions

Double Slash ‘// ’

Double slash ( // ) start selection matching anywhere in the document

It enables to create ‘relative’ path expressions

45.List out the technical challenges with Selenium?

Technical challenges with Selenium are

Selenium supports only web based applications

It does not support the Bitmap comparison

For any reporting related capabilities have to depend on third party tools

No vendor support for tool compared to commercial tools like HP UFT

As there is no object repository concept in Selenium, maintainability of objects becomes difficult

46.What is the difference between type keys and type commands ?

TypeKeys() will trigger JavaScript event in most of the cases whereas .type() won’t. Type key populates the value attribute using JavaScript whereas .typekeys() emulates like actual user typing

47.What is the difference between verify and assert commands?

Assert: Assert allows to check whether an element is on the page or not. The test will stop on the step failed, if the asserted element is not available. In other words, the test will terminated at the point where check fails.

Verify: Verify command will check whether the element is on the page, if it is not then the test will carry on executing. In verification, all the commands are going to run guaranteed even if any of test fails.

48.What is JUnit Annotations and what are different types of annotations which are useful ?

In JAVA a special form of syntactic meta-data can be added to Java source code, this is know as Annotations. Variables, parameters, packages, methods and classes are annotated some of the Junit annotations which can be useful are








49.While using click command can you use screen coordinate?

To click on specific part of element, you would need to use clickAT command. ClickAt command accepts element locator and x, y co-ordinates as arguments- clickAt (locator, cordString)

50.What are the advantages of Selenium?

It supports C#, PHP, Java, Perl, Phython

It supports different OS like Windows, Linux and Mac OS

It has got powerful methods to locate elements (Xpath, DOM , CSS)

It has highly developer community supported by Google

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