Interviewing and Getting a Job 101
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  • 1.  How many of you want a job when you graduate? ( A real job related to your major ) How many of you want to work in the games industry when you graduate?
  • 2.  Matt Vorce (aka Vorce, Vorcebaby or Gandalf ) Senior in Computer Science Starting full-time employment at Pixo Entertainment after I graduate
  • 3.  Making a resume Searching for jobs Preparing for an interview What to expect at an interview
  • 4.  There is no best way to write a resume There are many things not to do on a resume
  • 5.  Start by creating a bare bones resume…  Work experience  Outside of work experience  Education information  Relevant skills you have gained  Contact information…
  • 6.  Dates of employment Job Titles Bullet points Expected graduation date GPA (Ideally you have over a 3.0) Talk about what you learned not just what you did Make resume one page one sided
  • 7.  To include or not to include GPA…  Ideally your GPA is a 3.0 or better  If not be prepared to give reasons why  If under 3.0 consider providing a major GPA if higher
  • 8.  List every job you have ever had if it is not relevant Focus solely on the job responsibilities Be vague or make generic statements Put down skills you wouldn’t be comfortable answering questions about
  • 9.  Highlight what you did and learned at each of your experiences Statements should be short bullet yet be meaningful and grab the readers attention Use verbs
  • 10.  Get it looked over by several different people Utilize outside resources such as The Center to get your resume critiqued
  • 11.  Go to on campus career fairs Utilize online resources such as MySpartanCareer.com Use social networking (Make sure you have a linkedIn) Who you know is often better than what you know
  • 12.  Always provide a cover letter when applying even if it is not specifically asked for Helps you stand out and show you really care about the job you are applying for not just spam sending resumes
  • 13.  3 – 4 paragraphs in length First Paragraph  Introduction to yourself, what you are applying for and why Second / Third Paragraph  1 – 2 paragraphs about why you are a good fit for the position Last Paragraph  Express that you would appreciate an opportunity to speak further with them and reiterate how you an be contacted
  • 14.  Very important especially for artists and designers Don’t clutter it with shitty Tetris remakes Showcase your best and ideally complete work
  • 15.  Having relevant work experience is extremely important How do you get a job when you have no previous experience?
  • 16.  Lots of paid internships available Don’t be afraid to look outside of big names (Microsoft, Google etc) Less exciting sounding internships are a lot easier to get and can still pay well / provide good working experience For programmers even non game related programming internships are valuable
  • 17.  Good internships do exist but you need to work hard to get them Don’t be afraid to spend a summer at an unpaid internship it will do much more for you than a summer working at McDonalds
  • 18.  Varies from company to company Typically an initial screening interview  Over the phone  On campus interview  Over Skype  Usually less technical but not guaranteed On site interview
  • 19.  Interviewing is a skill Some people are naturally better at it then others Like anything else practice makes perfect
  • 20.  Google “Top 40 interview questions” and read through them Make sure you have stories you can easily talk about that demonstrate situations when you did something  That class project when you did something great  That job assignment when you impressed your boss
  • 21.  Look up the company online and know stuff about them Glassdoor.com is a great resource for this  Sometimes contains sample interview questions / information about the interviewing process  Contains information about what its like to work there
  • 22.  Go to practice interviews on campus (strongly advised) You don’t want to sound rehearsed when being interviewed but it will help you to practice
  • 23.  Found a list of popular interview questions Wrote out how I would answer such a question if I received it Helped me a lot in brainstorming stories / situations from my past that I could talk about at an interview
  • 24.  Preparing for the technical portion of an interview can be very hard For programmers you can find lots of resources online for sample technical questions. “Cracking The Coding Interview” is a good book with sample questions / information about preparing for these interviews
  • 25.  Introduction stage Behavioral Questions (STAR) Technical Questions Opportunity for interviewee to ask questions Conclusion
  • 26.  You will get asked the question: “So tell me about yourself?” Don’t tell them your life story Interviewer may talk about the company or position Don’t be surprised if asked: “Why do you want to work for us?” First impression is key
  • 27.  Interviewer will ask you a question…  “Tell me about a time when…” Situation  Describe a challenge / scenario for the interviewer Task  What did you have to achieve? Action  What action did you take to meet the challenge?  Were there any alternatives? Result  What was the outcome of your actions?
  • 28.  Vary widely from company to company Vary depending on what job you are going for
  • 29.  Often involves programming on the whiteboard Interviewers are more interested in how you approach a problem and problem solve and less about the answer The key is not to panic and talk through everything you are thinking in detail They usually arent as bad as they sound…
  • 30.  Interviewers are interested in how you would design something (big surprise) Might ask questions like:  What is your favorite game and why? ▪ Why is it your favorite game from a designers perspective?  What is your favorite map and why? ▪ What design aspects make a good level? They are also interested in your workflow
  • 31.  Always come prepared with questions for the interviewer If the interviewer asks “So do you have any questions” and you respond “No” you will look dumb
  • 32.  Don’t ask stupid questions  Never mention money or self centered questions (time off, overtime etc)  Obvious questions that could be answered from their website
  • 33.  Always ask for the interviewers business card If they don’t have one make sure you get their name and email Always send a thank you to everyone you interviewed with  Google “interview thank you letter” for information on how to structure it
  • 34.  Seek an internship early and often Gain as much technical skill as possible Make good connections whenever possible