What is usability testing?
Google conducts user research studies in order to gather feedback from users. They use this research to help improve current and future Google products and services.
Feedback may be sought for existing products, new features, or prototypes.
How does it work?
If you are a good-fit based on your questionnaire, you will be sent an invitation. Most studies are conducted remotely or as in-person sessions with a Google researcher – either in-home or at a local Google office, and take between 1 and 1.5 hours.
Different Types of Studies (from FAQ)
Usability study at a Google office: for those that live local to one of our offices. Typically, you’ll come visit us and meet 1-on-1 with a Google researcher. They’ll ask you some questions, have you use a product, and then gather your feedback on it. The product could be something you’re rather familiar with or some never-before-seen prototype.
Remote usability study: Rather than have you visit our offices, a Google researcher will harness the power of the Internet to conduct the study. Basically, they’ll call you on the phone and set up a screen sharing session with you on your own computer. You can be almost anywhere in the world, but need to have a high-speed Internet connection.
Field study: Google researchers hit the road and come visit you. We won’t just show up at your door though – we’ll always check in with you first, talk to you about the details of the study and make a proper appointment.
Experiential sampling study: These studies would require a small amount of activity every day over the course of several days or weeks. Google researchers will ask you to respond to questions about a product, or make entries in a diary document about your use of a product, using your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop to complete the study questions or activities.
Will I be compensated?
Yes. In addition to the exclusive opportunity to directly impact and improve Google products and services, you will also receive some sort of compensation such as a gift card. I just personally received and accepted an invitation for a week long study and I can tell you that it will be well worth your time if you are selected and choose to participate.
More Information & Sign Up
Click here to sign up. The only requirement is that you have to be at least 18 years of age. Good luck!