The New Normal – What to expect trying to get a job in the games industry!
Since 2020 how we work has changed drastically, it’s not always easy to know what to expect from a new workplace…especially with all diffrent studios having a diffrent reaction to the pandemic. However, although the landscape has changed slightly it doesn’t mean you can’t be well prepared for your first interview or even your first job within the Games industry!
There is a lot to think about before attending an interview and for many, this can be a nerve-wracking experience! However, with a few tips and some preparation, you can take some of the pressure off yourself.
- Do your research – One key bit of prep is to learn about the studio that is interviewing you, look into what they have created and their work culture! Not only is this a green flag for employers but it gives you the chance to learn about where you have applied for and gain more knowledge about what you may be doing!
- Draw from your own experiences – The best way to showcase yourself is to have examples of your work on hand. If you have done stuff outside of university that’s an even better example as it shows initiative and an interest in what you do – also don’t be afraid to talk about your experiences in your chosen discipline.
- Line up your own questions – One thing that will make you stand out is having an interest in the place you are working for! Make sure you have some questions ready to ask your interviewer. This is also a great opportunity to get more information about the kind of environment you will be working in!
- Read the job description – Whatever discipline you specialise in whether it be art, programming, or any of the numerous roles available, remember to read the job description. Each studio will have a specific need and might be looking for someone with a unique set of skills! By going over what they are looking for you have the chance to give answers that fit into their needs from an employee!
If you are lucky enough to get an interview with a studio you may be surprised to hear that not all Studios are doing remote interviews, they may want you to come into the office, see if you like how the studio works and to see if you’d be a good fit with the team! This is a great opportunity for you to highlight how great you can be for a team and interviewing in person is much more relatable!
However, if your interview is remote there are things you can do to make it a positive and memorable one!
- Make sure you have a good microphone and webcam – Luckily for you, most laptops have a decent built-in microphone & webcam however this isn’t always the case! Make sure you test your audio and camera before you attend an interview as it may not be of great quality! The last thing you want during an interview is for technical issues to overshadow what a great candidate you are!
- Be aware of your surrounding space – Now’s the chance to tidy that messy room you’ve had for the last few weeks. Although it is irrelevant to the specific job you’re applying for your potential employer will take notice of the space around you. You don’t want to be sitting somewhere that highlights yourself as an organised or messy individual. you have two options: Tidy, or find a spot that is more neutral and doesn’t have too much clutter!
- Remember to look smart – Although you aren’t going into the offices there’s no reason you shouldn’t dress your best! Looking presentable and putting effort in goes a long way! The best mindset to have is to treat it like an in-person interview. With this in mind try not to look scruffy and present yourslef as best as you can!
- Have some notes – You know the one benefit from having a remote interview? you can have notes in front of you to help you out if the nerves are getting to you! This can include anything from facts about your potential employer or just some key thing that you think should be mentioned! This is a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything out!
Working from Home
So let’s say you managed to get a job in the games industry (Congrats!) so what can you expect from your job in 2022 and what should you know before going in on your first day?
- Hybrid working is incredibly common – Over the past few months Studios have been slowly returning the office. However, those expecting a role that is either fully remote or fully in the office may be disappointed – Most jobs at the moment are a mix of both in-office and remote working. This means that you will probably have to consider relocating if you take a job at a studio!
- Make a dedicated workspace – It’s very easy to stay all comfy and sit in bed. However, having a dedicated workspace that is preferably outside of your room can make it a lot easier to focus and not get distracted while completing your work. It can also give your day more structure making it easier on your mental health when not having the traditional structure of going into an office.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – Starting a new job remotely can be incredibly intimidating so make sure that you ask questions if you need to! A lot of studios will set you up with someone in the company who you can go to if you ever have any queries about tasks or how the company does things. However, if this isn’t the case go ahead and ask away…it’s much better than twiddling your thumbs!
- Keep in touch with your managers & co-workers – If you’re in a new environment a great way to get accustomed to your workplace is to keep your managers & co-workers in the loop on what you are doing – communication is key and building positive and clear relationships early on will benefit all parties in the long run.
With these tips finding a job in the Games Industry won’t be too much of a worry after you hav ecompleted your studies.
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