Most newbies (to the interview process) find it unnerving and can unknowingly mess up one, even if they’re quite knowledgeable about the role/job.
The interview is indeed one of the more stressful parts of getting a job, but with the right preparation you can comfortably face it and come out with flying colors.
Here are some useful tips to help you successfully navigate an interview.
- Find out more about the Company/Developer in Advance: Its better to know more about the developer, what type of games they produce, and so on. It will definitely help your cause if you can demonstrate that you have tested similar games, or if you can answer questions about games that fall in their genre.
- Try to Steer the Conversation towards Your Strength: If you don’t have specific gaming work experience, its better to be honest than to lie. But then you can always tell them why you’re still a good choice for the job. Wherever possible, try to steer the conversation towards your strength areas, without lying about anything.
- Ask Questions: Asking questions shows your eagerness for the job and tells them that you’re there to work. However, make sure those questions are about the actual job and not about the games they’re making or intend to make. Ask them about their testing process, hours of work, the compensation packages, etc. So keep all those questions ready.
- Avoid Sharing ‘Ideas’: You need to demonstrate that you’re there to do the job. So don’t share your ideas unless you’re applying for a job as a producer or a writer. Focus on showing why you’re the right candidate for the job and show off how well prepared you are for that position.
- Discuss Your Future But in their Terms: You may have other plans such as going to college to get a ‘real job’ one day, but its best to keep it to yourself. Instead tell them how you intend to advance within their company. If your interest lies in programming, tell them that you’d like to work on one of their flagship products/franchises in the future. Avoid talking about things that would make you look ‘not-dedicated’.
Even though a good job interview increases you chances of landing the gaming job manifold, you need to strike the right balance as you shouldn’t sound very desperate for the job. The best approach is to try to showcase your talents and expertise, without drawing attention to how much you want the job. And always confident, honest, and straightforward.