A go-getter mindset with a kind-hearted collaborative sense of leadership makes Maria Alcantara a shining Nintex employee. She doesn’t just shine at Nintex though. Earlier this month, Maria was awarded winner of the Rising Star category of the Reseller News’ Women in ICT Awards! She was recognized alongside professionals at Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Microsoft, and other industry leaders.
We’re so proud of Maria and her achievement and we’re excited to share more about her on the Nintex Q&A blog series – aimed to highlight Nintex team members who are transforming the world of work.
Check out 16 questions with Maria Alcantara below.
- What is your role at Nintex?
I’m an automation test engineer working specifically with Nintex Promapp®.
- Tell us a little bit about how you ended up at Nintex?
I began as a test analyst at Nintex. We needed a faster way to release our latest innovations while ensuring our new technology passes a regimented testing framework. When the opportunity to become an automation test engineer came up, I was excited to try a more strategic and methodical approach to testing.
Our testing process used to be highly manual, but we’ve automated and optimized many components so it’s much more efficient now.
- What has been your favorite project of your career?
I have worked on quite a few projects here at Nintex that are top contenders. We once worked on a project for Nintex for Salesforce and I loved the experience working with other testing professionals, developers and people outside of my team. Not only was it nice to branch out, but I also learned different approaches and techniques that I was able to share with my team as an added benefit.
- What does an ideal day-off of work look like for you?
I love chilling at home. My ideal day off would be doing my laundry, cleaning the house, maybe watching Netflix, or playing around work sometimes. I know not everyone shares the same sentiment as me, but I don’t mind working on my time off. I use my time off to practice or try working solutions that I wouldn’t normally have time for.
- Where is home for you?
Home is where my cat is. I have five cats back home in the Philippines. Whenever I go home, I get that indescribable warm feeling. I’m in Auckland, New Zealand right now and it’s beginning to feel more like a home to me.
- What is the best part about where you live right now?
There is a nearby park called One Tree Hill or Maungakiekie. With an elevation of 182m (about 600ft), the park provides beautiful 360-degree views of Auckland.
- What is your favorite food?
You can’t go wrong with pad thai and teriyaki tofu don.
- Favourite movie, binge series and why?
I enjoy watching the Big Bang Theory but I’ve been recently catching up on Friends.
- Favorite spot to getaway?
I have been going to Waiheke Island to relax on the beach. The island is about a 45-minute ferry-ride away from Auckland.
- Do you have a favorite sport?
I’m into martial arts like Muay Thai boxing.
- How do you define success?
Success for me is when at the end of each day, you’ve done all that you can without limiting yourself. Along with finding your true inner happiness and peace.
- If you were an animal what would you like to be and why?
A cat. I like their personality. If I want to sleep on your laptop, I will. They don’t care about your attention.
- What do you like most about your job?
I like making sure we have quality products. As a test engineer, quality is not just work. It’s a way of life. We apply it every single day.
Our job as test engineers is to perform all possible actions and researching how the system handles it. For example, what happens if we type too fast, use special characters, or click more than once because we’re impatient.
- What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day always includes self-care first. Whether it’s yoga or meditation, I like to do something for myself in the mornings. When that’s done, I grab my coffee and start working. The day flies because we’re working on so many projects in tandem.
- What kind of music do you gravitate to?
Lately I’ve been listening to a playlist called lofi beats on Spotify. Sometimes I will listen to 90s hip-hop if I want to throw it back. But when I need to focus, my music selection is always the lofi playlist.
- Would you rather be able to fly or know any language on earth?
I’d rather know every language because it’s difficult to learn languages as you get older.
That’s all for this Nintex Q&A article with Maria Alcantara. We’re always hiring. Join Amy and the rest of our global team by visiting our careers page.