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Interview tips from Interactive Selection – the only global games recruiter

Interview tips from Interactive Selection – the only global games recruiter

Listed here are 10 common interview questions with some comments as to the reason the questions are asked and the responses expected. 

Remember, these responses are only suggestions - do not use them if you feel uncomfortable about them, and try to individualise your answers as many candidates will receive the same questions!

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"Tell me about yourself."


The interviewer is really saying, "I want to hear you talk."

This is a loosener but it is a common question so your response can stay the same. Write a script and rehearse it so it sounds impromptu. Spend a maximum of 4 minutes describing your qualifications, career history and your range of skills, emphasising those skills relevant to the job on offer.


"What have been your achievements to date?"


The interviewer is asking, "Are you an achiever?"

Again, this is a common question, so be prepared. Select an achievement that is work-related and fairly recent. Identify the skills you used, the resulting achievement and quantify the benefit. For example: "My greatest achievement has been to design and implement a new sales ledger computer system - bring it in ahead of time and improve our debtors' position significantly, saving the company £50,000 per month in interest."


"Are you happy with your career to date?"


The interviewer is really asking about your self-esteem and self-confidence, your career aspirations and whether you are a happy, positive person.

The answer must be "Yes!" but if you have hit a career plateau or you feel you are moving too slowly, then you must qualify the answer.


"What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?"


The interviewer is really trying to find out what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a logical approach to problem solving using your initiative.

This can be a trap! To avoid it, select a difficult work situation which was not caused by you and which can be explained quickly in a few sentences. Explain how you defined the problem, what the options were, why you selected the one you did and what the outcome was. Always end on a positive note.


"What do you like about your present job?"


The interviewer is really trying to find out whether you will enjoy the things you would experience in the job on offer.

This is a straightforward question. All you have to make sure is that your "likes" correspond to the skills, etc., required by the job on offer. Be positive; describe your job as interesting and diverse, but do not overdo it - after all, you are leaving!


"What do you dislike about your present job?"


The interviewer is trying to find out whether the job on offer has responsibilities you will dislike or which will make you unsuitable.

Be careful with this one! Do not be too specific as you may draw attention to weaknesses which will leave you open to further problems. One approach is to choose a characteristic of your present company, such as its size, its slow decision-making, etc. Give your answer with the air of someone who takes problems and frustrations in your stride and sees them as all part of the job!


"What are your strengths?"


The interviewer wants a straightforward answer as to what you are good at and how it is going to add value.

This is one question that you know you are going to get so there is not excuse for being unprepared. Concentrate on discussing your main strengths. List three or four explanations of how they could benefit the employer. Strengths to consider include: technical proficiency; ability to learn quickly; determination to succeed; positive attitude; your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal. You may be asked to give examples, so be prepared.


"What is your greatest weakness?"


The interviewer is really asking about your self-perception and level of self-awareness.

This is another standard question for which you can be well prepared. Don't say you have none - this will guarantee that you have further problems. You have two options: use a professed weakness such as a lack of experience (not a lack of ability) in an area that is not vital for the job; or describe a personal or professional weakness, that could also be considered a strength, and the steps you have taken to combat it. An example would be: "I know my team think I'm too demanding at times - I tend to drive them pretty hard but I'm getting much better at using the carrot and not the stick." Do not select a personal weakness such as: "I'm not a morning person - I'm much better as the day goes on."


"What kind of decision do you find most difficult?"


The interviewer is really saying, "I need someone who is strong and decisive but who has a human side."

Your answer must not display weakness. Try to focus on decisions that have to be made without sufficient information. This will show your positive side. For example: "I like to make decisions based on sufficient information and with alternatives. When you need to make quick decisions, you have to rely on 'gut feeling' and experience."


"Why do you want to leave your current employer?"


The interviewer is trying to understand and evaluate your motives for moving.

This should be straightforward. State how you are looking for more challenge, responsibility, experience and a change of environment. NEVER be negative in your reasons for leaving, and rarely will it be appropriate to cite salary as the primary motivator.

Other questions to consider:

How does your current job fit into your department and your company? (Gives an idea of your level of responsibility)

What do you enjoy about the games industry?

Have you worked under pressure? (Meaning can you?) Give examples.

What kind of people do you like working with?

Can you give an example of when your work was criticised? (Be prepared for the next question: How did you cope with the outcome?)

What is the worst situation you have faced outside of work? (as above)

Give an example of when you have felt anger at work. (Did you cope and still perform well?)

What kind of people do you find difficult to work with? (Take care! You won't know all of the staff at the company which is interviewing you).

Give an example of when you have had to face a conflict of interest at work (A test of interpersonal skills, team and leadership potential).

Describe the last time you disagreed with your boss.

Give an example of when you have disagreed with others in the workplace.

Do you prefer to work alone or as a team and why?

This organisation is very different to your current employer. How do you feel you are going to fit in? (You may not be able to answer until you have established what he/she perceives as the difference between the two).

What are you looking for in a company?

How do you measure your own performance?

What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?

Are you a self-starter? Give examples to qualify your answer.

Describe the biggest problem you have faced recently and how did you resolve that problem?

What changes in the workplace have caused you difficulties and why?

How do you feel about working long hours and at weekends?

Give an example of when you have felt out of your depth.

What have you failed to achieve to date?

What can you bring to this company?

What areas of your skills do you want to improve? (Try to relate the answer to the job vacancy)

What aspect of this vacancy is least appealing to you?

Why do you want this role?

Where would you like to be in five years?

How would your workmates describe you?

What would your references say about you?

Why should I give this job to you rather than the other candidates on the shortlist? (strengths)

What reservations should I have about you as an employee? (weaknesses)

What do you do in your spare time?

What five adjectives would best describe you, both in and out of work?