In the latest feature for Gamasutra sister educational site Game Career Guide
, game recruiter Marc Mencher presents the third part in his series on getting a game industry job, this time on interviewing techniques and how to turn interviews into offers.
Following the first part
, which covered targeting a job search, game company HR departments, and how to sell yourself, and the second
, which tackled writing your résumé, securing solid references, and using classified ads and online job boards, Mencher says the interviewing process tops them all in terms of importance:
"The job interview is the most important aspect of your search for a new career opportunity because the way you interview will determine whether or not you get a job offer. From the moment you walk in, the employer will begin evaluating you on a variety of levels, including your appearance, your personality, and the way you express yourself. If you are prepared, you'll project a positive, professional image that will give you a big advantage over the competition.
Interviewing is not difficult; it's just a skill to be developed. If you can't role play and practice with some friends, then go ahead and get some real world experience. That may mean interviewing for a job or two for which you really have no interest. You can't get a job without doing a face-to-face interview and, if reading about techniques for developing face-to-face interview skills doesn't help and role playing with friends doesn't get "real" enough for you, then put yourself through a few "real world" practice interviews.
A face-to-face interview is not the time to be regurgitating your résumé verbally. The résumé's function was to get you an interview and nothing more. The face-to-face interview is your personal one-actor stage performance."
You can now read the full Game Career Guide feature
with more from Mencher on the follow-up process, salary negotiations, and the importance of being a team player (no registration required, please feel free to link to this column from external websites).