As the pandemic is ongoing, long gone are the days of traditional face-to-face interviews. Instead, video interviews are the new norm. These take place via video conference apps, like Google Meet, Skype, or Zoom. Here are some of the topmost interview tips. Follow them to land your next video game job opportunity.
Before the interview:
During the Interview:
After the Interview:
Before the Interview
First and foremost, you need to take your interview in the most serious possible manner. You cannot be sure when you're going to have another one. So, failing to prepare is preparing to fall, leading to your doom. Take extra care to verify that your setup is up and going. Test everything twice. If your microphone is not transmitting any sound to the interviewer, what's the point of it? Or if your camera flickers, how would you be able to see the person you're talking to? Be super careful, then. I understand that you may not live alone. However, that doesn't mean that it's alright if your bandwidth is low and your connection weak. Kindly inform the rest of the house members to catch up with their favorite sitcoms after your interview is over. There's nothing more frustrating than poor connection. And it shows the interviewers a lack of preparation on your behalf. If children (particularly toddlers) or pets are around, do tell your significant other to take them for a walk. That way, you can concentrate better. Further, try to dress smart. A standard office suit is recommended, but if that's not possible, do try to wear a collared shirt, or, at very least, wear a nice long sleeve polo shirt. And don’t forget to take care of the lightning. Sit under natural light or next to a lampshade. That way, the interviewer can see you clearly. Regarding your phone, put it on silent or airplane mode. Don't keep it close to the computer as it may distract you. On top of that, bring a pen and a notebook too. You can write down any questions you have during the interview and then address them to the interviewer later on.
Lastly, use LinkedIn to your advantage. LinkedIn will give you a ton of information on who the person is that's interviewing you. You can see their posts, job history and even school that they went to. Not only that, but you can see the gaming studios same information, giving you great insight before the interview even begins. Here's an article where we breakdown some other to use before the interview.
During the Interview
As a video interview is similar to a face-to-face one, you should mind your body language. Sit up straight but make sure you look relaxed, as you don't need to look like a robot either. Be professional. Now, having an interview for a video game job, it's not the same as being interviewed for a standard office or clerk position. For example, if you are being interviewed for a video game programmer position, the interviewers will not expect you to express yourself like a CEO of a multinational company. I mean, they will not judge you based on your speaking ability.That said, do try to communicate clearly and concisely, without interrupting. Leave also a pause between each sentence and don't reply hastily to the questions. And look straight down the camera rather than the computer screen when speaking. In this way, you show respect to the interviewer and attempt to establish honest eye-to-eye contact. You're showing confidence, and that's something interviewers are looking for in prospective employees, no matter the field.
After the Interview
After the interview is over, you can finally relax. But not for long, as it's time to pose your own questions—the ones you noted during the interview.
You could also spend time reflecting on what went well and what didn't, but I wouldn't fret over it. It's best to forget about the interview and move on with your life.
Don't forget to thank the interviewer for their time and stress how eager you are to proceed to the next level.
What to Do If Something Goes Wrong?
You cannot avoid things taking the wrong way, especially when it comes to technology. What you can do, though, is to be prepared for every possible situation. If during your interview, someone enters the room, kindly apologize for the disturbance. After, inform that you will sort it out immediately. Then, mute the mic and solve the issue. Now, be one-hundred percent sure that the interviewer will ask you if it's the right time to continue the interview or to postpone it for another time. That is tricky. Personally, I recommend completing the interview without transferring it to another day. But if it seems impossible to concentrate, ask to reschedule. The best thing is to stay calm and to show you're in control. Interviewers understand the current situation and realize that we're living in a transition period. As a last note, remember that it may be a weird period due to the ongoing pandemic, but that doesn't mean that there are no ways of getting a job.
Think of it like this: Video interviews are the new norm, and the sooner you master them, the closer you will be to your next career step. We hope this article can help you ace your interview and land your dream job in the gaming industry!
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