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Interviewing and Getting a Job 101

Interviewing and Getting a Job 101Why you should give a sh*t about this presentationHow many of you want a job when you graduate? ( A real job related to your major )

How many of you want to work in the games industry when you graduate?About meMatt Vorce (aka Vorce, Vorcebaby or Gandalf )Senior in Computer ScienceStarting full-time employment at Pixo Entertainment after I graduate

OverviewMaking a resumeSearching for jobsPreparing for an interviewWhat to expect at an interviewMaking a resumeThere is no best way to write a resumeThere are many things not to do on a resume

Where to start?Start by creating a bare bones resume Work experienceOutside of work experienceEducation informationRelevant skills you have gainedContact information

DosDates of employmentJob TitlesBullet pointsExpected graduation dateGPA (Ideally you have over a 3.0)Talk about what you learned not just what you didMake resume one page one sided

GPATo include or not to include GPAIdeally your GPA is a 3.0 or betterIf not be prepared to give reasons whyIf under 3.0 consider providing a major GPA if higher

Don'tsList every job you have ever had if it is not relevantFocus solely on the job responsibilitiesBe vague or make generic statementsPut down skills you wouldnt be comfortable answering questions about

After you have a initial draftHighlight what you did and learned at each of your experiencesStatements should be short bullet yet be meaningful and grab the readers attentionUse verbsPerfecting your resumeGet it looked over by several different peopleUtilize outside resources such as The Center to get your resume critiqued

ExampleFinding a jobGo to on campus career fairsUtilize online resources such as MySpartanCareer.comUse social networking (Make sure you have a linkedIn)Who you know is often better than what you knowCover LettersAlways provide a cover letter when applying even if it is not specifically asked forHelps you stand out and show you really care about the job you are applying for not just spam sending resumesCover Letter Format3 4 paragraphs in lengthFirst ParagraphIntroduction to yourself, what you are applying for and whySecond / Third Paragraph1 2 paragraphs about why you are a good fit for the positionLast ParagraphExpress that you would appreciate an opportunity to speak further with them and reiterate how you an be contactedPortfolioVery important especially for artists and designersDont clutter it with shitty Tetris remakesShowcase your best and ideally complete workInternshipsHaving relevant work experience is extremely importantHow do you get a job when you have no previous experience?

Good news for engineersLots of paid internships availableDont be afraid to look outside of big names (Microsoft, Google etc)Less exciting sounding internships are a lot easier to get and can still pay well / provide good working experienceFor programmers even non game related programming internships are valuableFor everyone elseGood internships do exist but you need to work hard to get themDont be afraid to spend a summer at an unpaid internship it will do much more for you than a summer working at McDonaldsInterviewing processVaries from company to companyTypically an initial screening interviewOver the phoneOn campus interviewOver SkypeUsually less technical but not guaranteedOn site interviewPreparing for an InterviewInterviewing is a skillSome people are naturally better at it then othersLike anything else practice makes perfect

Ways to prepareGoogle Top 40 interview questions and read through themMake sure you have stories you can easily talk about that demonstrate situations when you did somethingThat class project when you did something greatThat job assignment when you impressed your bossWays to prepareLook up the company online and know stuff about themGlassdoor.com is a great resource for thisSometimes contains sample interview questions / information about the interviewing processContains information about what its like to work thereWays to prepareGo to practice interviews on campus (strongly advised)You dont want to sound rehearsed when being interviewed but it will help you to practiceWhat I did to help prepareFound a list of popular interview questionsWrote out how I would answer such a question if I received itHelped me a lot in brainstorming stories / situations from my past that I could talk about at an interviewPreparing for the technical portionPreparing for the technical portion of an interview can be very hardFor programmers you can find lots of resources online for sample technical questions.Cracking The Coding Interview is a good book with sample questions / information about preparing for these interviewsTypical interview formatIntroduction stageBehavioral Questions (STAR)Technical QuestionsOpportunity for interviewee to ask questionsConclusionIntroduction stageYou will get asked the question: So tell me about yourself?Dont tell them your life storyInterviewer may talk about the company or positionDont be surprised if asked:Why do you want to work for us?First impression is keyBehavioral Questions (STAR)Interviewer will ask you a questionTell me about a time whenSituationDescribe a challenge / scenario for the interviewerTaskWhat did you have to achieve?ActionWhat action did you take to meet the challenge?Were there any alternatives?ResultWhat was the outcome of your actions?Technical QuestionsVary widely from company to companyVary depending on what job you are going forProgrammersOften involves programming on the whiteboardInterviewers are more interested in how you approach a problem and problem solve and less about the answerThe key is not to panic and talk through everything you are thinking in detailThey usually aren't as bad as they soundDesignersInterviewers are interested in how you would design something (big surprise)Might ask questions like:What is your favorite game and why?Why is it your favorite game from a designers perspective?What is your favorite map and why?What design aspects make a good level?They are also interested in your workflowAsking questions at an interviewAlways come prepared with questions for the interviewerIf the interviewer asks So do you have any questions and you respond No you will look dumbAsking questions at an interviewDont ask stupid questionsNever mention money or self centered questions (time off, overtime etc)Obvious questions that could be answered from their website

End of the interviewAlways ask for the interviewers business cardIf they dont have one make sure you get their name and emailAlways send a thank you to everyone you interviewed withGoogle interview thank you letter for information on how to structure it

ConclusionSeek an internship early and oftenGain as much technical skill as possibleMake good connections whenever possible