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What should I do to prepare for my phone interview with a video game studio?

In this episode of Game Industry Career Guide Podcast, I answer a question from Eziel D. who asks, “I had to take a test to get a job as a game tester for one of the famous game developers. Currently, I’m waiting for a call for an interview. I want to ask you, what should I do to prepare for the interview call?”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why the phone interview is critical to your success in getting the job
  • The top 3 things you should do to prepare for a successful phone interview
  • Why your cell phone is actually your worst enemy when interviewing

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Gender Equality in the Video Game Industry

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Women in game development fight “a battle on two fronts.” How can you become part of the solution?

Last month, I opened an email sent to me by an aspiring video game developer named Esther. She was just starting on her degree in Game Art, but something was troubling her – she’d watched a documentary about women in the game industry, and many of them said their work was valued less than equivalent work done by male teammates.

So Esther had written to ask me about equality: “Have you ever seen a woman having more problems finding a job or being appreciated for her work? Have you ever noticed that a gender inequality exists in the game industry?” Read more ›

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What to Wear (and Not Wear) to a Game Job Interview

This article is part of our Video Game Job Hunt Guide. Read the full guide to learn how to write a strong resume, build a winning portfolio, ace your job interviews and more.

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Even if the interviewers are dressed olde Victorian, still plan on wearing something more casual.

Game studios are like a lot of other tech companies: Casual. But when you add game culture into the mix, things can get weird.

I used to work with an amazing programmer who wore the same ripped-up shorts and ancient t-shirts most every day. And with an amazing artist who sometimes came to work wearing a miniskirt and cat ears. So, let’s just say, the game industry is a little bit… different. Read more ›

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Amp Your Job Search: Master the Telephone

This article is part of our Video Game Job Hunt Guide. Read the full guide to learn how to write a strong resume, build a winning portfolio, ace your job interviews and more.

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Opportunity is calling! But this probably isn’t a good time to answer.

If you’re like me, you love chasing the latest tech to boost productivity or communicate with friends. But there’s one gadget you’ve been using for so long, you take it for granted – and it’s hurting your chances in the job market.

I’m talking about nothing less than the oldest communication device in your entire geek-gadget arsenal: The lowly telephone.

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Why the Recruiter Didn’t Call You Back (And the Hidden Silver Lining)

This article is part of our Video Game Job Hunt Guide. Read the full guide to learn how to write a strong resume, build a winning portfolio, ace your job interviews and more.

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Why do you suppose they still haven’t called you back?

Have you sent your resume to several companies and haven’t heard anything back? Did you even have an interview, which was followed by… radio silence?

You might be surprised at the reasons why companies don’t follow up on applications and interviews. The good news? It’s usually all about them, and not about you. Here are some reasons for their delays, and what you can do to push things forward – and even use the delay to your advantage.
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How to Negotiate for a Higher Salary

This article is part of the Video Game Developer Salary series. Read about the annual salary ranges of all video game jobs, and get advice on maximizing your paycheck throughout your career.

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Remember to negotiate your salary before you sign the offer contract.

If you go through the interview process with an employer and end up receiving a job offer (yay you!), the salary they offer could be lower than what you asked for. Should you take the offer, or negotiate for more?

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LinkedIn Etiquette: Requesting a Connection

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LinkedIn is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.

When you’re searching for a job in the video game industry, LinkedIn is a powerful tool for building your network. With over 450 million users, it’s by far the largest and most active professional social network on the planet. But there are some “unwritten rules” of LinkedIn etiquette, and you can end up embarrassing yourself if you aren’t thoughtful when you invite people to Connect. Stick to these 3 simple rules and you can’t go wrong.

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