Interview Tips for Artists and Game Designers
Your portfolio is the best representation of what you as an artist or designer are capable of doing. It is your tool of communication with prospective employers. The portfolio should contain only the best, professionally displayed examples of your work.
In an interview the portfolio can count for about 40% and the person about 60%. But, you must have a great portfolio no matter what.
Here are some additional tips for our Artists and Designer candidates. Even the most qualified candidates miss job opportunities because they were nervous or not prepared for the interview.
Dress - Jeans and a T-shirt are okay, but a nice pair of slacks and a shirt is better. Avoid wearing a suit, you will not feel comfortable and it is definitely an overkill.
Portfolio - The portfolio may simply be some combination of video, CD or website. Find a professional case that carries these materials well.
Artists and Animators - your work should reflect both your artistic talent and enthusiasm for games. The competition is tough and your portfolio should demonstrate something that sets you apart from other candidates. Appropriate qualification will help demonstrate academic and technical ability but your artwork is the key!
- Before the interview, go to company website and learn as much as possible about the products and company. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself.
- Bring along extra copies of your resume.
- Be prepared to complete an application.
- Talk about your accomplishments and specialty if have one. Prepare at least one example of your accomplishments that will highlight your successes and uniqueness.
- Be prepared to talk about what you have done on a game from start to finish.
- Ask questions about the company and what type of games they will be doing in the future.
At the End of the Interview:
- If you like what you see and hear, ask for the job.
- If the question of salary comes up, tell them what you are making now including any bonus package. Let them know you are more interested in the position and not the salary. Your recruiter will negotiate your salary.
There is no way to predict what an interview holds, but if you are prepared you are likely to feel less anxious and will be ready to positively present yourself.