Meet a Tester: Seungho

In Meet a Tester, we feature QA experts from our network who share their love for quality and Testlio. Seungho is a mobile app developer and tester from South Korea.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am Seungho from Seoul, South Korea, which is known nowadays for K-pop and Squid Game! Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are interested in South Korea. I really love sharing my culture with others. I joined Testlio 4 years ago as a tester and now, I’m a Test Lead!

What is your educational background?

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Software Engineering and looking forward to graduating in 2 years. I like coding in Python, JS, and with some web development frameworks!

How did you end up testing for Testlio?

Back then, I had no idea what testing actually was. One day, I saw an ad for Testlio on Reddit. I was intrigued by the pay rate (which I thought was clickbait at first!) But after getting paid for the onboarding process at Testlio, I realized the company and the testing jobs were real. While at Testlio, I worked on a very popular social media app that I use personally, and was really excited that the changes I made for one of the runs were implemented in the production version of the app. That’s how I got fascinated by testing.

What characteristics help you succeed in life?

Busting my hump to the fullest and being super optimistic are my biggest fortes. I have also learned to keep improving myself! Every time I reach a specific goal, I look for another one to achieve that could take me higher and higher.

Always dream big. The pieces will still be big even if your dream is shattered into pieces.

Why do you Give a Damn about testing?

Most of all, fixing bugs for companies motivates me. As humans, I think we get really excited to see the changes that are caused by our actions. Think about people who prefer to play horror games rather than watch horror movies because they can make changes that impact the future. 

Also, since I am looking forward to working as a full-stack developer in the near future, understanding how QA works is important to me, especially if I want to apply for a developer position at Testlio in the future. Having worked as a freelance tester could be the chance to see both sides of the same coin which is a rare experience. So in one way or another, testing is a big part of my life!

How does Testlio’s pay compare to your market rate?

If we were to compare it with other office jobs, the pay rate is about the same. If we were to compare it with customer service jobs, the minimum wage here is significantly lower per hour for part-time jobs. So it’s good pay!

How do you balance testing and personal life?

I think it all comes down to time management. I try to follow the famous proven time management rule called time-boxing! Time-boxing is a technique that helps you keep track of tasks by putting everything on the calendar and allocating time for each task. Sometimes this is hard but it was a game-changer for me and I was suddenly able to complete many things on time. I really recommend this to others that have multiple things going on. Thanks to it, I manage to complete my school assignments, work, and my hobbies.

What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

  1. In South Korea, all males have to serve in the army for one and a half years. I served as a Seoul Policeman. 👮
  2. My hobbies are working out (I can do muscle-ups!) and playing guitar. I’d really like to take my hobbies to the next level, so I am looking forward to becoming a physique athlete and starting a Youtube channel.

What are some of your favorite apps?

  • Youtube
  • GuitarTuna (For adjusting guitar tuning)
  • Instagram
  • Reddit
  • Baemin (popular food delivery app in Korea)
  • Snapchat

How would you convince a friend to join Testlio?

I think the best way to convince them is by telling them about the huge clients we get to work with! I’ve also noticed that most of my friends are not really aware of what a ‘QA’ job really is (most of them thought it was a question/answer job). 

So, I’d start by telling them that the apps they use on a daily basis are Testlio’s clients, and they would be intrigued. Even though I’m very well aware that the perks of working for Testlio are about more than money, for the newcomers, the pay rate would be a great reason to join Testlio. Plus, telling them about the working flexibility would be awesome too.