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Interview with Sandeep Hiremath a.k.a Freakish Tester

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Sandeep Hiremath

Sandeep Hiremath

Sandeep Hiremath happened to write to me (Santhosh Tuppad) on LinkedIn messaging system and he wanted to meet & speak to me. The moment I saw his message, I extracted his phone number from the web (Well, being good at elicitation; it wasn’t difficult for me to get his contact number). I called him the same night when he messaged me and I spoke to him for few minutes. Sandeep was very excited to speak to me and he mentioned, “I can sleep well now after speaking to you”. I was glad and that made me smile. Without bragging more about myself, lets get on to interview.

Sandeep, Please introduce yourself!

My full name is Sandeep Kumar Hiremath. I belong to a town named Gadag,Karnataka. I hold a degree in Computer Applications. My father is a Bank employee so we used to travel to different places for every 3 years because of my father’s transfers. For Every 3 years, new school, new friends, new people, new town, so gradually I became to act like a liquid, put me in any jar I will get adjusted to it. Speaking about my education, I was an average student at studies. I was not much serious about academics because I wanted to learn everything practically.

I started my career from a BPO as a Technical Support Executive. I left that job because I wanted to do something amazing. With the influence of my girlfriend, I got introduced into a new world called Software Testing. I did a certification in Software Testing. Later I realized the certification, which I did is just like the entrance ticket to get into an MNC or a CMMI Level 5 Company. And I got a chance to do Software Testing in an MNC. I hated that job; it is more of doing a data entry than Software Testing. There I used to have a checklist and my job is to just check marking as pass or fail. I did that job for 6 months and I was bored so, I left the job. Again, I joined another company and I have been offered better salary. But again same problem Checklist! I left that job. After that I went to so many interviews, at the end of the interview I used to ask them if they used ONLY checklist for testing (In actual, I mean checking)? Their answer was “Yes”! I rejected the jobs before they offer me.

Sandeep Kumar Hiremath

The guy on the left hand side to you is Sandeep.

Why were you interested to join Test Insane while you could have got good paying job elsewhere?

The salary is not important for me, of course I need money for my desires, but not for doing what I don’t want to do. Money is a waste when you are not happy by having money. I don’t want to work for money I work to be Happy and to have Fun. I don’t want to get paid to be anyone’s slave. I am a fan of one dialogue, “if you know something, never do it for free.”

I wanted to be in a place where I will be surrounded by the people who have a passion to do something amazing, who are experts in what they do and who rock at the workplace where, you will be never getting bored. This is a unique workplace where, only skills and passion matters! No marks cards, no certifications no experience letters. The best thing is working is fun. You get Freedom which the most important aspect for an employee to be more productive. In TestInsane I feel like I am not in office, I am in my room / restaurant / bar / park with my friends. I did not see any companies who offer a FREEDOM & BEER for their employees while discussing things about work, but TestInsane does. Isn’t that amazing?


What are your hobbies?

I am a Carrom Board lover, I love to watch Sherlock Holmes serials/movies, and I love to travel. I blog on software testing at

How do you know Software Testing is your passion?

I don’t know, but nothing else came to my mind. I did not think anything till now apart from Software Testing. I left jobs because, I felt the way I am testing is not proper testing. I was worried about the way I was doing my work; I think this is what passion is. Normally I don’t worry about things which I don’t care, and things which I care about being very close to my heart.

While we and you know money is important, do you think money can hold you back from doing what you love to?

Of course money is important to survive and to full fill our desires, but money can’t stop me to do what I love to do. Money is just a thing which is created by human beings, it’s artificial. Doing what I love to do is my choice. I remember one quote here,“The Richest person is not the Happiest person; the Happiest person is the Richest person!” doing what I love to do gives me more happiness. So, money can’t hold me back from doing what I love to do.

In 1 year from now, how do you see yourself as a software tester?

I would like to see myself as a better tester. I would like to be an expert in Software testing. I want to see myself on a stage as a speaker on Software Testing. I want to rock at my work.

What do you love about Test Insane? Is there anything that you hate about Test Insane?

I love the name TestInsane. I love being Insane. I can be “ME” here. I don’t have to be so formal or so artificial. I love the atmosphere of TestInsane. I get lots of new things to learn. I love the Freedom in TestInsane. No, I don’t have anything which I hate in TestInsane.

How do you feel about other team members at Test Insane? How do they treat you?

They are cool and cool. Sandeep Tuppad and Karthik Kini are experts in their work. Sandeep Tuppad is a Core techie and he is also an adventurous mountaineer. Karthik Kini is a Developer in Test, expert in Web technology and I see a smileyJ on his face all the time, most of the time he speaks in Technical language, most of the times I struggle to understand that language. Well, I am interested to learn that language from him so that I can communicate better with computers J

What does your gut-feeling communicate about you leaving Test Insane? When do you plan to leave if you already have a date in mind? If not, why do you feel you will not quit Test Insane?

This is an easy question for me. I stopped thinking negative. When I am in a place where there is a lot of optimism in me, and where is a lot of things to learn in one place, why should I think about leaving? Well, I don’t have any thoughts to leave TestInsane. Because I feel I am having fun by working. I feel I am doing what I love to do. I am learning daily which is good for me. I am in a company which I always dream about. I got what I wanted; now I don’t want to lose this. I would like to move forward together as a team like Fast and Furious by Racing at work and doing crazy amazing things!

Few words about “Our Founder – Santhosh Tuppad”?

Santhosh Tuppad. Just Google this name :) I know Santhosh Tuppad as a Hacker, Software Tester, Exploratory Tester, Security Testing Expert, Blogger, Speaker.  First of all I would like to thank him for giving me the opportunity to be in his team. To me he is a mentor, guide, guru, friend, philosopher, teacher, trainer, and Baba 😉 I like the way he lives his life. As long as I have seen him I noticed some qualities in him. He does what he loves. Santhosh Tuppad follows his heart. He never restricts himself by doing what he wants to do and nothing can stop him to do what he wants to do. He doesn’t wait for opportunity he creates one. Very broad and open minded person also he is very straight forward. Santhosh Tuppad is Inimitable.

We wish Sandeep Hiremath an insane career path with Test Insane and we take pledge in making him a testing celebrity while he practices more and more to test better. Follow him on Twitter @FreakishTester