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How to Become a Product Tester for Nike

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Nike is looking for athletes of varying degrees of skill to test Nike's products. Applicants must have the ability to share their opinions honestly and candidly. All ages are accepted, but if you're under 18 then you'll have to get a consent form from your parents first. As a tester, you'll either be wearing Nike products remotely for several weeks to several months or you'll be going on-site to test a product for a day or two.

Body Measurements

If you want to test Nike's apparel, your first step is to submit accurate body measurements. The measurements will be used to determine which types of apparel are a good match for you. Nike provides specific instructions on how both men and women should take their measurements, which include height, chest, waist, hip, and for females, bust. Be honest about your measurements and don't worry about being the wrong size. Nike uses people with a variety of body types and sizes to test its products.

Completing an Application

Nike offers applications online for both footwear and apparel. The application includes signing a waiver and providing contact information. If you're participating in any collegiate sports, be sure and indicate this on the application, since Nike often tests products specifically for colleges. Be honest about any sports that you actively participate in, such as football, golf, running or track and field. You'll be put in a database and given products to test that match the types of sports you play. You'll also need to indicate what size athletic clothes or shoes you typically wear and the type of athletic gear that you prefer. Take time to really consider the athletic gear that you find most helpful to your workouts. You'll want to make sure that you're matched with gear you actually use.

Requirements to Continue Testing

Once your application is approved, you must continue to meet Nike's requirements in order to remain a Nike product tester. You must complete all surveys by the deadline and provide in-depth observations on how the products might be improved. When a testing period is over, you should return all the products to Nike. Products that you test aren't yours to keep. You must also keep the testing confidential and not share the products with other people. Not adhering to Nike's policies could get you kicked out of the program.

Product Testing Isn't a Career

When you're a product tester for Nike, you get to play a role in determining the future of cutting-edge athletic gear. However, this opportunity isn't a job. You won't get paid for testing Nike's products and you won't receive any benefits. Volunteering as a product tester is something that you'll do in your free time and incorporate into your regular workout.

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