Being selected as a beta tester is a great opportunity to be one of the first people to see a new product. You’ll get to try out new technology, share your opinions, challenge your testing skills, be a part of a real product development process, and earn cool stuff. Some beta tests are available to anyone who’s interested, but most are highly selective, so you probably want to know: How do I get picked to be a beta tester?
Much More Than Chance
Getting picked to beta test is not simply a random event. Most private beta tests involve some sort of qualification survey. The beta team then goes through every application to ensure that the best people are selected to meet the project’s goals. Applying quickly is one of the best ways to improve your chances. Testing slots rapidly fill up with applicants and close once there are enough candidates.
Pay Attention to Details
When you apply, take the time to read any project requirements carefully and make sure you meet them. During the application process, talk about why you’re best suited to test the product. Sharing how you like the technology is not as important as explaining how you use it today and how you’ll bring that to the test. Product teams are looking to select the candidates that are going to give their product a great test, so give them a reason to pick you.
Complete the Entire Application
We receive a large number of applications for each test, and many applications are only partially filled out. If there are blank responses or incomplete data, it’s common to simply move to the next candidate. One simple way to stand out and increase your chances of being selected is to answer every single question, whether they are optional or not. Take the time to explain why you’d be a good tester for the product. We don’t want to know about your beta experience. We do want to understand how you use the product we are testing and how you’d be good for the program. We also love it when applicants share some of their own personality!
Keep Your Info Updated
you have a profile with the beta community (like a Betabound membership profile), make sure it’s up to date. Many beta tests require that testers own certain devices. If your profile doesn’t reflect the current technology you own, you might be missing out on opportunities because they think you don’t meet the test requirements. A great way to ensure you will get emails for all sorts of opportunities is by completing as many Test Platforms as you can.
You will not get into every test you apply for. Many tests receive hundreds or even thousands more candidates than they have slots in the beta test. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get into one right away.