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.
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.
Keep Your Info Updated
If 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.
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.
Join Public Betas
Lastly, many opportunities on Betabound are large public tests where anyone is free to participate. These projects are an excellent opportunity to show hone your beta testing skills and possibly get your foot in the door for more selective betas with the company in the future. Just look for posts that have a “Beta Test Now” button.