What’s the least you should do when applying for a job in games

Over the past couple of days we interviewed a variety of people for a Full Stack Developer position. Dozens of people have applied and some went to the first interview. They all had potential according to their resumes, but many let us down due to basic stuff.

I’ve decided to put together a list of basic things you should do before applying and going to an interview in a games company in hopes that future candidates will go as far as looking at this blog post or that it will help you get the job you want in other companies. I’ll use Cupcake in examples, but I’m certain this will help anywhere else.

If you are interviewing with us and read this post, make sure you mention it as you will get extra points.

Here you go:

  1. Read the job description
    We’ve had an artist who’s aspiration is to be an artist applying for a programmer’s position for which he doesn’t have any experience.
  2. Have a decent CV
    No pictures, it’s 2016. Decent and well structured information. Careful with typos. Tailor your resume for each position you apply with information you think is the most relevant.
  3. Research the company
    Read the news, learn about what they do and try to gather any information available about the company. Look at the website, social media.
  4. Make sure there is a cultural fit
    The Cupcake Manifesto contains everything you need to know about who we are and our aspirations. We are bold and aspire to be a successful multi-billion dollars company. We do casual and work with women over 35 years old.
    If you only want to make hardcore console games, you are nor for us. If you only want to work on a small and cool indie studio making pixel art games, we are not good for you either. There must be a synergy.
  5. Google the people emailing you
    You’ll be less nervous if you know more about the people interviewing you (“He likes The Walking Dead and so do I!”).
  6. PLAY THE GAMES
    Seriously people. This is by far the most important one.
    Games are the essence of what a games company does. I play all the games of people who apply to work at Cupcake.

Finding good people is the most important thing when growing a company and we are doing exactly that right now. Also incredibly hard.

Author: Gabriel Stürmer

CMO of Cupcake Entertainment.