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Old 04-21-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Cool I have an interview for a QA job, any advice?

I received a phone call today and now I have a job interview on friday, it's short notice, but I've been trying to get a job in the industry for a while now and I don't want to blow this opportunity.

I was just looking for advice, what to wear, what to take, what kind of questions they ask, pretty much anything you think may be able to help...

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:24 PM   #2
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Personally, I would take a copy of your CV just in case the interviewer doesn't have a copy handy. Also, make sure you ask some questions. Write them down just in case you suffer from brain-freezes. Make sure you have researched the company ahead of time. Prepare for typical interview questions. For example: What is your favourite game? Why? Why do you want to test games? Why do you want to work here? If you were given the responsibility to design the tests for our new product...um, this here pen...how would you do it?

As far as dress is concerned, see What to Wear. Personally, I always ask during the telephone interview because different companies have different cultures. It's always embaressing to turn up under- or overdressed.

Good Luck!
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:25 PM   #3
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1. Clean neat clothes.
2. A shower beforehand.
3. "Do you have any questions for us?" http://www.gamedev.net/community/for...opic_id=568496
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:59 PM   #4
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Hey Guys

Thanks for the replies

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Personally, I would take a copy of your CV just in case the interviewer doesn't have a copy handy
This is a good idea, I'll have to print a copy off

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make sure you ask some questions
I read a couple of things in a GCG article 'Game Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them'

http://www.gamecareerguide.com/featu...tions_and_.php

I thought there were some good questions on there, like..

1. Possible future promotion opportunities, as I want to eventually get a job in a design role
2. If there will be any training
3. Who I will be working with
4. What games I will be working on
5. About the contract (Some QA jobs are temporary)

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Prepare for typical interview questions. For example: What is your favourite game? Why? Why do you want to test games? Why do you want to work here? If you were given the responsibility to design the tests for our new product...um, this here pen...how would you do it?
There are a few of these in the article I linked to above, there's some good answers there too. I'll have to memorize a few of them.

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As far as dress is concerned, see What to Wear. Personally, I always ask during the telephone interview because different companies have different cultures. It's always embaressing to turn up under- or overdressed
The guy on the phone said Smart/Casual, but what does that mean exactly? It's like saying that the time of day is Day/Night - could be anything...

But after reading that 'What to Wear' piece, I thought black shoes, black trousers and a smart blue jumper with a collar, Any thoughts?

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what to wear, what to take, what kind of questions they ask

1. Clean neat clothes.
Everything will be washed and ironed before Friday

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2. A shower beforehand.
Definite MUST!

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3. "Do you have any questions for us?"
I liked the idea of searching the news for recent stories about the company, may find some good talking points.

Thanks Mr. Sloper

There was another GCG article I found about 'The Must Have QA Skills They Never taught You'

http://www.gamecareerguide.com/featu...rview_the_.php

There's some useful stuff in there

Thanks again guys
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:49 PM   #5
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I thought black shoes, black trousers and a smart blue jumper with a collar
When you say "trousers," do you mean like wool dress pants or something? Black jeans are fine. And what's a "jumper"? Do you live in the UK or something?
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:44 PM   #6
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When you say "trousers," do you mean like wool dress pants or something? Black jeans are fine. And what's a "jumper"? Do you live in the UK or something?
<<<<Yes, I am from the UK. By trousers I mean pants, not jeans.

You may know a "jumper" as a "sweater" in the US, although I'm not 100% on that.

Sorry for any confusion
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:21 PM   #7
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I repeat: jeans are fine.
A sweater might be a bit much. A nice-looking collared shirt is fine. But then although I've been in the UK a few times on game business, I'm not exactly a UK game industry fashion guru.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:04 AM   #8
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What you plan to wear sounds fine (typically it isn't much of an issue, you'll usually find yourself being interviewed by a guy in relatively scruffy jeans and a T-shirt).

Who are you interviewing for?
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I agree with Claxon, I think what you're planning to wear sounds fine. Not too smart but shows that you've made an effort.

I cannot stress enough how important asking questions are as it shows that you've thought about the role and how it applies to you and how you will fit in it. I also recommend looking into the history of the company so get glued to their webpage.

Lastly, be well prepared for a practical test. This will help the interviewer judge your actual skills when testing. It doesn't matter if you've never had experience before just do your best. I wrote an article on Take Initiative a while back about this. I hope it helps.

Anyway, good luck!
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The guy on the phone said Smart/Casual, but what does that mean exactly?
Smart Casual
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