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June 26, 2006 at 1:54 pm #5426
Hello folks, thanks you all for your advice in the past, ive finally got myself an interview. Im coming from working on tv animation, (good animation) and im busting my gut to get into games.
any pointer for the interview, im an animator.
Im also curious about the setup for animation in games, With character studio there is alot of automatic option for walks and runs, how much do they get used?
I have been using maya for the animation on the tv series and basically you set every key yourself. basically how much does the automatic buttons come into play in the production work flow?
June 26, 2006 at 2:25 pm #32344
Im also curious about the setup for animation in games, With character studio there is alot of automatic option for walks and runs, how much do they get used? [/quote:a911550e34]
Its going to be very dependant on the studio. Everyone has a different setup, depends on the exporter used and use user friendly its been written.
No idea about the interview, dunno what an art interview is like, would be interested to find out though.
June 26, 2006 at 3:28 pm #32345
Good stuff :)
Be really eager!
June 26, 2006 at 5:04 pm #32346
But not too eager!
June 26, 2006 at 5:21 pm #32347
But eager enough…
June 26, 2006 at 6:00 pm #32348
so eager is the key
June 26, 2006 at 6:04 pm #32349
Sorry if it sounds obvious but dont wear anything resembling a suit, just wear something casual but neat.
Its always funny when someone turns up in a shirt and tie…
June 26, 2006 at 6:11 pm #32350
cheers for that. I didnt know to tuck my shirt in or not, foolish I am .
I wear shorts and tshirts here everyday, who started this whole suit buisness
June 26, 2006 at 7:07 pm #32351
the business people and management types, from my experience :-7
But most of the tech guys I know (those not dealing with management) tend to go for casual/practical. As for the art guys I know, casual is almost expected (even here in France) :wink:
One thing about an interview that seem to work in any case is to remember that you are here for a chat, mostly. It’s not an interrogation.
Personally I always try to turn the discussion in a way where I can show that I’m a peer, “oh, so that’s how you do that? that’s nice, me I use this and that, but I guess it would be nice to try your way”, etc.
It’s not an exam, it’s more like a speed date, I guess :)
June 26, 2006 at 7:21 pm #32353
Nothing wrong with a suit. they’ll remember ya. and when your interviewing 20 candidates, its pays to be remembered! I went to all my interviews with the games companies wearing a suit fair enough i got a ribbing (coz i didnt know at first) but i got them all :) So who’s laughing now :P
At least with a suit your always prepared. Fair enough if they’re loose on cloth policy and you wear a suit. But if you wear casual and the company isnt then you could be in trouble. We’ve been doing a crap load of interviews at present and everyone i’ve met have be wearing shirt, tie etc. Full suit probably isnt necessary but shirt\tie sends the right vibe. Your here for business not for a casual trip into an office. :)
As for the interview, be eager as the lads mentioned, we love enthusim in the industry but dont be bouncing round the place. Also dont mention that you’ve been bouncing your c.v. off anyone who’ll take it (in reality this is a fact we all know but choose to ignore). Also know their games well and be excited to have a possible opportunity to work on their next, this could be the make or break decision section, because generally if your called for interview you’ve got talent (unless your c.v. lied :) ). So will the other candidates, so if ye’re all equal its down to who wants to make games for this company more.
As for an interview being a chat? i wouldnt quite say that, maybe later in your career when its a case of company X hold an interview purely to convince you to work for them for X amount more than your previous employer. You’ve proven your worth on numerous titles before.. the interview is more a case of determining conditions etc.
In your case treat it as 30-40 minutes to convince them your the man for the job! Be confident and dont be afraid to big yourself up, but dont be too cocky. also know your c.v. well, especially if theres any gaps on it. they will ask about them!
best of luck! by the way whos the games company?
p.s. as for phililipes comment on intergation interviews, ive had a share of them, some for well known game companies. Although these generally only happen in programming interviews i’d say. programming examiners like to stretch your knowledge boundary as far as it will go just to entertain themselves. Ego driven bastards! haha
June 26, 2006 at 8:12 pm #32356
Good tip from Peter there, make an effort – it will be noticed, so a suit may not be a bad idea
June 26, 2006 at 9:30 pm #32357
It’s important to go in looking professional and well presented. A suit would be nice, but go in wearing a shirt and jeans at the very least.
Peter hit the nail on the head with his advice. Aah, to think he was once just an eager student! :D
June 26, 2006 at 9:38 pm #32358
Peter hit the nail on the head with his advice. Aah, to think he was once just an eager student! :D[/quote:34d5279362]
Alot changes in 10 months.lol
Seriously though, when your going for a games job interview you need to make yourself memorable, because there is probably a good few other people being interviewed and you wanna stand out! best of luck again with the interview, im sure you’ll do well.
June 26, 2006 at 10:50 pm #32359
I think a suit would make you feel uncomfatable when everyone around you (inc. interviewees) are dressed very casual\scruffy.
It’s up to you :)
About 6 years ago I wore formal stuff to a games company interview…felt really stupid after about 2 seconds. Got a call back the same day to see someone else but I came back in a hoody and khakis and aced it :p
June 26, 2006 at 11:20 pm #32360
Not that I have as much experience as these guys but may I suggest an attire somewhere in between. You could wear a suit minus the tie or maybe something less formal like a jacket, casual shirt and a pair of chinos/nice jeans. Something that shows you made an effort but at the same time lets you be as comfortable as possible. In terms of my experience I’ve gone with the latter and so far I’m two for two in terms of “serious” job interviews so it can’t be too bad. :)
June 27, 2006 at 9:12 am #32362
If this is your first job, i’d go suit, first game job, i’d go suit/very smart casual, if you think you’ve already got the experience to get the job, smart casual.
I remember when I went to Core, they remarked on my nice suit :)
So far, i’ve done two types of interviews.
1) The hard-core, see what you know grilling
2) The nice chat, see what you’ve done before and generally base the opinion on what you’re like (and as I found out after) first impression (this is the much nicer interview :) )
If you’re new boss doesn’t like the look of you from the off, you’re not going to get the job unless you’re extremely well qualified.
June 27, 2006 at 10:45 am #32363
woo thanks folks, I went to a wedding party the other day and I was completly over dressed everyone had a good laugh,
Anyhow for the interview it will be pins (trouser) and short sleved shirt, its the summer, smart but casual,
Its my first games interview for a jr animator position I got to pick my interview date bcuz im flying there, so im not sure if there will be anyone else there.
Ill have to stomach the nerves and hope for the best.
thanks again folks,
June 27, 2006 at 11:36 am #32365
While a suit (or shirt and tie) can’t hurt, I don’t believe it’s necessary. I haven’t wore a tie or suit to an interview in over 12 years and it hasn’t hurt.
Also, of the dozesn (at least) of people I have interviewed and hired for either IT or games jobs over the years, only 2 people have turned up in suits/ties
My advice would be to go with what you are comfortable with
June 27, 2006 at 2:15 pm #32372
I haven’t wore a tie or suit to an interview in over 12 years and it hasn’t hurt. [/quote:06fcfd824e]
Yeah, but you’re an old man….
June 27, 2006 at 3:25 pm #32374
I haven’t wore a tie or suit to an interview in over 12 years and it hasn’t hurt. [/quote:23fb881b2c]
Yeah, but you’re an old man….[/quote:23fb881b2c]<sigh>tell me about it!</sigh>
p.s. check your PMs, Damian
June 27, 2006 at 6:43 pm #32376
Also, of the dozesn (at least) of people I have interviewed and hired for either IT or games jobs over the years, only 2 people have turned up in suits/ties[/quote:228a533c05]
Reckon i was one of them right? :) Ah sure the suit doesnt get much wearing usually, typically just weddings and funerals.lol
June 28, 2006 at 9:22 am #32379
Yeah, and then you try it on 2 days before and realise it doesn’t fit you anymore…
June 28, 2006 at 9:22 am #32380
Also, of the dozesn (at least) of people I have interviewed and hired for either IT or games jobs over the years, only 2 people have turned up in suits/ties[/quote:5495cf0845]
Reckon i was one of them right? :) Ah sure the suit doesnt get much wearing usually, typically just weddings and funerals.lol[/quote:5495cf0845]actually, that makes 3!!
June 28, 2006 at 9:24 am #32382
Obviously a memorable impression :lol:
June 28, 2006 at 11:41 am #32384
Obviously a memorable impression :lol:[/quote:b15309f6b3]well, he got offered the job! wouldn’t blame him for my ailing (as you’re always telling me) brain cells
June 30, 2006 at 11:03 am #32414
Well just to let ye know.
I’d say i must have had like 20 candidates pass my desk for interviews this week and everyone single one was wearing a suit. Seems like the games industry is changing or something, or maybe its a sega thing??
June 30, 2006 at 11:24 am #32417
Are they graduates?
I never see anyone in suits for Evo interviews :-/
June 30, 2006 at 12:41 pm #32418
No all senior ppl, with years of experience.
Sega isnt hiring graduates at present.
June 30, 2006 at 1:16 pm #32419
Yeah, and then you try it on 2 days before and realise it doesn’t fit you anymore…[/quote:d648117da0]
LMAO :lol: I concur!
July 2, 2006 at 11:00 am #32427
Well I broke my toe on friday night, I ran up and kick a football on the street, after watching the Italy game, The ball was made of Iron. I cant wears shoes now, This is not looking hot
July 2, 2006 at 1:05 pm #32428
Jesus|!, Bad luck :(
July 2, 2006 at 2:48 pm #32429
Well I broke my toe on friday night, I ran up and kick a football on the street, after watching the Italy game, The ball was made of Iron. I cant wears shoes now, This is not looking hot[/quote:58c4dcf991]
That’s your excuse. What about Lampard, Carragher and Gerrard?? :evil: :P
July 2, 2006 at 5:23 pm #32430
I got keep the x ray though,
July 13, 2006 at 8:35 pm #32573
I forgot to tell you how the interview went.
well I had the interview a week and a bit ago, still no word as of yet, I phoned them yesturday to tell them Ive changed my phone number and they said they hadnt made a dessision yet.
I think I balls up in the interview, (pardon my French) I was to Nerves, its quite a fancy company so I think I let it go to my head.
I brought in a new CV and cover letter and Showreel, but I didnt give it to them, there didnt seem to be a need to. The interviewers where cool, but I found myself saying “ok” to much.
They did say at the interview that at this stage it was down to personalities. I didnt know what to think at this stage.
The games set up for animation seems to be different from TV series animation. The terminolgy throw me a bit but I’ll know for the next time.
It was diffently a huge learning curve, Ive diffently learnt not to let nerves get in the way again,
I didnt fully sell myself but it was a good expierence.
July 13, 2006 at 9:25 pm #32574
You can never do a bad interview IMHO, obviously if it doesn’t go well you won’t get the job but as long as you learn from your mistakes and build up confidence and an “interview technique”, its all good experience in the bank
July 13, 2006 at 10:02 pm #32575
good advice by pete there..
you never know though how it went. as long as you didnt curse you’d be fine.
who was the company?
July 14, 2006 at 9:02 am #32580
Whats wrong with cursing in an interview?
July 14, 2006 at 11:16 am #32581
Cursing is widely regarded as being at a lack of words, and it might offend the interviewers somewhat ;)
July 14, 2006 at 2:10 pm #32585
July 14, 2006 at 2:55 pm #32589
It was a company in Scotland I’ll let you know when I get an answer from them
July 14, 2006 at 4:49 pm #32597
It was a company in Scotland I’ll let you know when I get an answer from them[/quote:0eeb57407e]
Ahright RTW. there mad recruiting for the last 12 months.
July 14, 2006 at 5:08 pm #32598
Only other big company up there now is Rockstar North.
July 14, 2006 at 7:04 pm #32599
Only other big company up there now is Rockstar North.[/quote:56d8ba8ca4]
ya but i dont see them advertising positions much these days. RN has a low turn over of staff so i hear cause its meant to be a good place to work. So they probably only hire if someone leaves or maybe if they need to expand in some area. but hey, what do i know 8)
July 15, 2006 at 8:41 am #32610
hi it was for Rockstar,
I didnt get the job … gutted
I will keep digging away
July 15, 2006 at 1:08 pm #32612
hi it was for Rockstar,
I didnt get the job … gutted
I will keep digging away[/quote:9c4b519cff]
But im sure you learned abit from the interview process and will do better next time.
July 17, 2006 at 9:12 am #32619
I don’t think Rockstar need to advertise, they just get constant applications.
July 17, 2006 at 12:13 pm #32622
Scratch that, they’re currently arvertising on gameindustry.biz :)
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