One of the most frequently asked questions we get from prospective customers is, “Who are these testers anyway?” In response, we decided to launch a Tester Spotlight series, where we profile some of the best and brightest from our community. Our latest guest is John Kotzian, who provided such terrific responses that we decided to turn them into a blog post. We think you’ll like it.
In this interview, John explains how he quickly climbed the ranks to become one of uTest’s highest rated testers – covering his past QA experience, his testing philosophy, his personal life and more. For more on John, check out his blog.
uTest: How did you get involved in software testing? What was the first app you tested?
JK: Basically by chance and a leap of faith. I was working POS Inventory Management for the Borders Books and Music Seasonal Kiosks and I was looking to move up in the company. I was spending a lot of hours managing the day-to-day operations of the inventory warehouse. I had to be there at 7:30am to receive the first shipments of the day and I regularly worked until 11:30pm to get everything completed.
At the time, Borders was launching its first Ecommerce website and started a QA team from scratch. They wanted someone who could test websites. I had a side job building web sites for local businesses, so I applied. I didn’t know the methods of software testing as a trade, but I knew my clients wanted an error-free site, so I would check my work from the mindset of a user.