November, 2019
How to land a job in gaming? Practical tips from Outfit7’s recruiters
by Michala Elizabeth O’Reilly Talent Acquisition Specialist
at Ekipa2 d.o.o. subsidiary

More than 2,5 billion people play games worldwide1 and it’s no secret that the global gaming industry is growing. This means that there have never been more open positions in the gaming industry. At the same time, more and more people are passionate about making games and the competition is fierce! 

At Outfit7, we receive around 400 job applications each month. We carefully sift through them all, searching for the people that are the right fit for our team, vision and values. We look for candidates whose beliefs and goals are aligned with ours, whose energy is immediately obvious and who have a great time getting to know our company. But navigating the recruitment process can be tricky, which is why we’ve prepared a few practical tips to help you leave the best possible impression. This article will show you how to approach each step of the process, so you can feel confident and ready when you apply for your next job.

 

Step 1: Application

The first thing you should always do when applying for a job is to create an application tailored to that specific role. When we read your cover letter and CV, we want to see those little touches that let us know you’ve adjusted the application just for us. Make it clear that you’ve done some research and thought about how you can contribute to what we’re doing. Mention any connections you may have with our company or product: Do you play any of our games, or maybe have a kid that loves Talking Tom? Did you decide to apply because you saw an article about us or met some of our teammates at a conference? These are the things that will help you stand out.

We recommend you stick to less than a page for your cover letter and under two pages for your CV. Be precise, concise and only include the things that are relevant to the role you’re applying for. If you’ve got a portfolio to show us, send that separately, just double check that the attachment or link really works!

There are a lot of people out there that want to work in gaming, but feel like they’re not qualified if they don’t already have experience in this industry. But we believe our diversity of viewpoints is one of the strengths that drive our success. We’re open to people from all backgrounds and focus on the unique qualities of each individual. We’re not just looking at your education and formal background, but consider every person that applies as exactly that: a person. That said, any type of experience making games is a plus, so show us any personal projects you’re working on and definitely mention any events, game jams or conferences you’ve participated in.

Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, if you want to join our team, we want to hear from you. We’re open to applications from all corners of the world, so if you’re seeking adventure abroad, Outfit7 may be the place for you. We have offices in 6 different locations: Slovenia, Barcelona, London, Cyprus, India, and China, so apply to one of our open positions and let’s start the adventure!

Step 2: Expertise test

Some people shiver at the thought of doing a “test”. But this isn’t about making you feel like you’re back in school. What we really want is to hear, see and understand your thought process and way of communicating with others. 

The expertise test shows us how you would approach the responsibilities that fall under your role. At the same time, it gives you a good idea of what kind of tasks you’d be expected to work on, so you can get a feel for the job.

The biggest mistake we see people making with expertise tests is rushing it. We suggest you take your time and do some research on our company by reading articles, checking our webpage and reaching out to any people you may know from our team. At this stage, we don’t want you to be fast, we want you to be awesome. Do your best, add a personal touch and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. We value creativity and love it when candidates find unexpected solutions to our expertise tests! 

Step 3: Interviews

An interview can be nerve wracking, exciting and stressful all at the same time. We know your adrenaline levels are going to be high when we meet for the first time, but remember that this is about both of us getting to know each other. We do our best to make the interviews at Outfit7 as relaxed, natural and comfortable as possible, so try not to worry and come in with a relaxed attitude.

For us, interviewing is a two way street. We don’t want to interrogate you and we aren’t scrutinising every single detail of what you say. Ideally, the interview works out more like a conversation. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions and let your curiosity shine through.

Here are some questions we love to answer at interviews:

  • What is it like to work at Outfit7?
  • What are the company’s plans for the future?
  • How do you collaborate between departments?
  • What is your culture like?
  • What projects will I be working on?
  • What new games or project is the company preparing?

If you really want to impress us, dig deeper, do your research and wow us with your knowledge of our games, brand, company, or the gaming industry. Being familiar with what we do will definitely be to your advantage. It also won’t hurt if you pull out your phone to show us your top scores in one or more of our games! Let us know why you care about coming aboard and give us an idea of how you envision yourself adding your talents and skills to our team. We’d also love to hear what exactly excites you about joining Outfit7 versus another studio.

Last but not least, we’re all human and first impressions matter. There’s no dress code at Outfit7 and we won’t judge you based on your fashion choices, so don’t worry about putting on the perfect outfit (pun intended). If anything, we want you to be yourself, come across as authentic and show us your fun side. We suggest you come in a bit early, to avoid any unnecessary stress around things like parking and catching the elevator. We all know technology loves to act up in the wrong moments so if you’re connecting through an online call, check that everything works beforehand: connection ✔️ camera ✔️ sound ✔️

When you get through all our interview rounds, we should both have a pretty good idea of whether this is a good fit. In the best case scenario, we kick it off straight away, set clear expectations for one another and avoid any surprises when you start working with us full-time.

Bonus step: I didn’t get in, now what?

Don’t get discouraged! We get A LOT of applications and you could be a great fit even if we chose someone else for the first position you applied to. Not only is there nothing wrong with giving it another shot, applying again actually lets us know you’re really passionate about working with us.

A good idea is to get yourself noticed by Outfit7 by reaching out to us. We’re present at a lot of gaming industry conferences like Trojan Horse was a Unicorn, Reboot Develop, SGC (Slovenian Games Conference) and many others each year, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet our team! If you want to get in touch, stay tuned on LinkedIn, where we usually post an update before each conference we attend.

We also host meetups every once in a while, where we invite people to our offices and share our knowledge on a specific topic. For Slovenia for example, they are usually posted here. Keep an eye on the page and join us when we host the next one!

Another great way to get in touch AND experience first hand what it’s like to make games with us is to join our yearly Talent Camp. This is the best and most hands-on opportunity to meet our team, see where we work and level up your game-making skillset with the help of our mentors. Anyone can apply to Talent Camp – total beginners and experienced game-makers are all welcome – and we actually end up hiring 1 in 6 former Talent Campers!

We’d love to meet you in person even before you apply, but we know that’s not always possible, for practical reasons. A great way you can get in touch even if you can’t make it to one of our events is to connect with us on LinkedIn. Follow our page and reach out to our recruiters if you have any questions!

Since we regularly post new job openings on LinkedIn, keeping in touch there could help you get a first-mover advantage when we open new roles. With this in mind, our last practical tip is that you should make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and shows your relevant experience, to give us a feel for who you are as a professional.

This brings us to the end of our recruitment tips. For us, finding the right teammates is very important and we really want to give those of you that took the time to read this article a good head-start. Following these tips should take some of the stress out of the recruitment process and help you land a job in gaming.

SOURCES:

  1. Techjury: How Much Is the Gaming Industry Worth?
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