Even Video Game Programmers and Tester Need to Pass a Formal Interview

What’s not to love about sitting around on a couch all day in comfortable clothes while you get paid to code or play video games? It’s essentially the ideal job.

However, despite the casual-sounding nature of the job, it doesn’t mean that you can turn up to an interview dressed in the clothes you expect to wear and breeze through the interview talking about all of the video games you enjoy playing. Just like all job applications, a game tester or coder needs to go through a formal interview process.

  1. Learn About the Company

Save all of your knowledge of video games for later in the interview. The first question an interviewer is going to ask is what you know about the company and the industry.

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Prior to your interview, research as much information as you can about the company you are interviewing with, including their competition and challenges in the market. If you notice that the company has been shifting its focus towards a targeted aspect of gaming, be sure to find out why and bring this up at your interview along with how you can help them achieve their newly found goals.

  1. Don’t Wear Your Tracksuit

While you might be allowed to come to work in your pajamas once you have landed the job, when it comes to the interview, the representative isn’t going to be too impressed if you wear these to your interview. If you are stuck for outfit ideas, start with the Groupon Coupons page for Johnston and Murphy and take a cue from their outfit ideas.

The main idea to keep in mind is smart, clean, and plain. Steer away from bright colors and patterns and stick to pastels and colors that don’t offend.

An addition to this tip – no themed shirts or ties! Despite your urge to wear something which includes the logo of a video game character the company has developed, this attire is reserved for fans, not employees.

  1. Prepare to Relax

There is nothing worse than turning up to a job interview with sweat dripping all over your clothes. Actually, strike that – there is nothing worse than turning up to your interview late! Both of these can be taken care of with careful planning of your route, allowing time to relax.

Before the day of your interview, take a test ride of your route to the interview and pay attention to potential places where you could get stuck and cause you to be late. When planning your route, be sure to arrive at the area at least one hour before. Why so early? An hour is a good amount of time to allow for delays and also provides you with enough time to take a moment to collect yourself before you head in for your interview.

Try as you might, you can never fully prepare for an interview; after all, it’s the interviewer’s job to catch you off guard. However, with these three easy to follow tips, you are in the best position to ace any interview you attend!