Written on January 3rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What game are you currently playing, and how would you make it better?
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There is no right or wrong response to this question, but the interviewer is asking for a thoughtful one. Show that you understand what makes a mobile game great. The interviewer wants to see that you have the ability to look at a game critically, and know how it could be improved.
"Currently, I am playing a mobile game called Trivia Crack II. It's a game based on trivia questions. One thing that I like about the game is that it uses geo-intelligence and asks the player trivia questions based on their location. For instance, if I were living in Australia, the game would ask more questions about Australian geography and politics versus USA facts. With that said, there are a lot of ads in the game and not any pop-ups to offer an upgrade, to a no-ad version. I feel that the developers missed out on some excellent monetization opportunities."
"I am currently playing Pokemon Go, and I find there are a lot of network crashes. At times, I cannot log in through Google and Facebook, or Pokestops and gyms do not appear on my map. I want the best for this game since it was a trendsetter in bringing augmented reality to a new audience; however, I feel there is a lot of work to be done on the location tracking end."
How do you develop trust among your team in a virtual, or work-from-home, setting?
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Depending on a few factors, A Thinking Ape may offer you the opportunity to work from a home-based office. With technology taking over, many workplaces are offering remote opportunities. The interviewer would like to know that you can handle that type of set up while still building great coworker relationships - even under the absence of face-to-face interaction.
Here are a few ways that you can develop trust among your team members in a virtual setting:
- Building relationships: You might share how you have everyone introduce themselves, share their professional background, personal interests, and even a little about their interests in each meeting.
- FaceTime or Go-To-Meeting: Talk about how you ensure that you have video conferencing capabilities. Discuss that being able to see each other, even virtually, allows you to build camaraderie and creates trust among your team.
- Creating a Transparent Culture: Tell the interviewer how you open up the door for trust with your team by being an open and transparent leader or co-worker. You might share that you have open conversations about how the group will hold each other accountable.
You may also share other ideas that have worked for you such as: holding one-on-one meetings with each member of the team, providing recognition for things well done, holding fun contests, or allowing team members to understand each other better by utilizing a personality assessment.
"Technology allows for so much these days. I believe you can quickly make a connection with someone, even if you are across the world from them, by embracing the right tools. I would also suggest incorporating multiple contests or team-based goals, where team members still have to collaborate, to get to the end goal."
"I have worked in remote IT teams in the past and what I found worked very well were regular video calls through Google Hangout. These calls worked so that everyone had a turn running the meeting, giving their ideas on an area in which they were considered a subject matter expert. This strategy established each team member as an influencer in their own right. The results were an incredible team environment, despite many of us never meeting each other in person."
You may have your skills listed on your resume; however, the interviewer wants to dig deeper into those listed skills to see which ones particularly shine. Answer truthfully while also referencing the A Thinking Ape job posting. If you are stronger in Java, but they want more dedication to C++, let the interviewer know that you have more exposure in Java but that you solid C++ skills too.
"The majority of my education focused on Java; however, the relevance of C++ in mobile game development is not lost on me. I once taught myself C# in one weekend and have taken multiple courses in C++ to advance my skills and knowledge further."
"I have used C++ more often in my mobile game development career. With that said, I have a solid knowledge of Java. I see in the A Thinking Ape job posting that you prefer to use C++, and I wholeheartedly agree."
Have you ever been a part of designing a multi-feature mobile app that pushed industry boundaries?
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The interviewer would like to know the extent of your experience when it comes to working on complex mobile games with multiple features. It's essential that you show you can support A Thinking Ape's endeavors by bringing unique experiences to the table. Discuss a game you have worked on in the past that offered multiple features, allowing for you to push boundaries in your industry.
"A couple of years ago I worked on a game called Dungeon Smash. We were one of the first developers ever to try incorporating GameSpy matchmaking. This breakthrough meant that iOS and Android users could play not only with each other, but they could now also collaborate with PlayStation and PC users. It was an exciting time!"
"Years ago, I worked on a word game that pushed industry boundaries by allowing for cross-platform multiplayer activity. The concept was uncommon at the time. Users could log in on the app or via Facebook, so there was also a social integration component. Then, players could challenge their friends over iOS, Android, or even Facebook. Our group was one of the first teams to pull this off. I look forward to being part of your development team at A Thinking Ape and creating more groundbreaking gaming experiences."
Working as a game tester with A Thinking Ape, you will have a level of autonomy that may be higher than you have experienced in previous positions. Describe how you remained self-motivated in past positions that required some degree of independence.
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As a video game tester at A Thinking Ape, tasks are assigned at a high level. Testers are required to reach testing milestones by an assigned date with little guidance. This leaves game testers to manage their own schedules in the short-term, making sure they are making sufficient progress as they approach the deadline.
This higher level of independence requires a video game tester to be organized and self-motivated. Talk about how you have utilized or developed these skills in past positions, whether or not they have been for testing positions.
"Working as a video game tester for years, I have a solid understanding of what is required with regards to organization and time management. I have developed skills that allow me to manage multiple testing projects at once without compromising the timeliness of completion. I have also found it is important to be able to quickly adjust my timeline in case issues arise that are beyond my control."
"Over the years, I have had more opportunities to work independently. This has allowed me to develop organizational and prioritization skills necessary to complete projects successfully and on time. In addition, working independently has required me to remain self-motivated with all the tasks to which I am assigned. I gain my self-motivation by keeping my eyes on the bigger picture of the project and understanding the importance of the task at hand."
6. When have you been on a team project that failed? What did you learn from that experience? A Thinking Ape wants to be successful in all that they do; however, there will be times when plans fall apart, and a project flops. The interviewer would like to know how you respond to situations that do not go your way.
We all experience perceived fails in our career. Failure is nothing to be embarrassed about so do not hesitate to describe a failure you've experienced in the past.
The key to a great answer is to include how you learned from that failure, and how you improved your work performance after learning from the crash.
Try to keep your example non-critical; for instance, avoid telling the interviewer how your team forgot to test new code, and it cost your company $150,000 due to downtime. Avoid blaming any particular person and instead, use words like 'we' and 'team' to describe the situation.
Finally, be sure to tell the interviewer that, while you were very disappointed in the group's failure, you took the opportunity to learn from the experience. Here is an answer example: "Our team was recently on a data migration project with a very tight deadline. We knew the client and their needs very well which I believe made us go into the project overconfident. Because we underestimated the work involved, we missed our deadline by three business days. Thankfully we had a great relationship with that particular client, so we were able to recover from the missed deadline. Although it was late, we worked overtime and delivered an exceptional project, in the end. This experience taught me never to underestimate a project and the potential roadblocks, especially when it comes to data. It's always better to under-promise and over-deliver, rather than the other way around." Here is an answer example: "I once worked for a startup IT agency that bit off more than it could chew after acquiring a huge client. We had to learn a lot of solutions on the fly, which caused a great deal of stress amongst the team, which was primarily made up of junior engineers, and new hires. Nobody had the seniority or tenure to feel confident taking control of the situation. What I learned from this experience is that every company should have a wide range of people present, with varying levels of experience and expertise. This factor is on that attracted me to A Thinking Ape; knowing you keep diversity in mind when making hiring decisions."7. Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment? If you work for a larger company, you may have been asked to work on a project with teams from another department. Your ability to work with cross-functional teams will be a significant asset to your potential employer, especially if they are a larger organization.
Maybe you headed a project which required you to collaborate with the members of the engineering and sales teams. You may have had the opportunity to organize a volunteer activity or team building exercise, company-wide. Share any challenges that came up and what you learned from the experience. Here is an answer example: "I have worked in a cross-functional setting for many years. Primarily with the digital security department and the engineering department. Clear communication is key when collaborating with different teams. Clarity in expectations is of huge importance." Here is an answer example: "When I worked for a larger mobile applications agency, we collaborated across departments all the time. We had the C-suite of Marketing and Operations, then the Content and Communications department, Creative Services, and also Consumer Insights. We would meet on a weekly basis to discuss larger projects and then collaborate through the week as needed. It was a great set-up and ensured smooth progress at all project stages."8. Name three mobile app testing types. Software testing is one of the most basic, yet essential factors in the mobile gaming industry. The types of mobile app testing include functional testing, a back to basics test that ensures the functional behavior of the application is working as expected. Performance testing covers common issues such as batter use, internet connection loads, memory loss, and more.
There are other types of testing that include:
Discuss with the interviewer the three types of mobile testing in which you are best versed. Here is an answer example: "The three mobile app testing types that come to mind first include usability, security, and installation. For usability, it is imperative to check for friendliness and flexibility. When security testing, I always check to ensure that the application's data is safe. And, with installation testing, it's imperative to know that the game can support installation and uninstallation seamlessly." Here is an answer example: "There are many testing types for mobile gaming applications. The ones which I am most familiar include installation, interrupt, and security testing. I have also worked with usability, compatibility, and interface testing methods."9. What kind of testing experience do you have? A Thinking Ape is looking for someone who has experience setting up testing plans to identify 'bugs' and 'glitches' that may affect a user's experience. This position would require a detail-oriented person who is able to identify the different scenarios a user may be faced with.
Experience in the video gaming industry would be valuable in a position such as this, but it is not always necessary. If you have prior experience testing software and a passion for the industry, your analytical skills may be what A Thinking Ape is looking for when filling this position. Here is an answer example: "My prior experiences include years of work as a software tester, most recently working for a leading video gaming company. While working as a tester, I not only developed a passion for the industry, but I also learned much about the game development process. Understanding this phase allowed me to become a more thorough tester. In addition, observing user groups on a regular basis allowed me to gain the skills to develop thorough testing plans for video games." Here is an answer example: "My background includes work as a software tester in a variety of industries. I believe my work in these industries will help me be an efficient and thorough video game tester with A Thinking Ape as I have developed critical analytical skills. These skills have allowed me to develop robust testing plans that identify potential issues before a software's initial release. I have developed a passion for this industry and believe my knowledge and experience as a user, coupled with my software testing experience, will bring value to A Thinking Ape's products."10. What is a freemium game and how has it revolutionized mobile gaming? The interviewer wants to gauge your depth of knowledge when it comes to mobile gaming, and the pricing strategies available. As you likely know, freemium is a pricing strategy where the mobile game or app is a free download; however, users can pay for additional, premium features. Explain what you know freemium to be, and discuss how you think this strategy has changed the mobile gaming industry. Here is an answer example: "My favorite example of a freemium game shaking up the market would be Pokemon Go. I recently read that the game has earned nearly $2 billion to date and is still going strong at around $2 million in revenue per day. The success is, of course, in part to Pokemon popularity as well as the excitement surrounding augmented reality; however, I think being a freemium model has also helped. People love free apps, but they will often pay to avoid ads, interruptions, get the extra Pok? Coins, and more. Freemium is the first pricing model to allow for impulse purchases." Here is an answer example: "People love to win, and gamers will easily pay the 99 cents it takes for extra coins and a chance to beat the game. Freemium is similar to gambling in that it works off of human impulse and desire to win. My favorite freemium game is still Candy Crush! It follows the freemium model of being a free download with pay-for-premium features; however, the game reportedly earns nearly half a million dollars per day."11. Tell me about your problem-solving skills. Do you enjoy analyzing and solving complex problems? Software developers spend a great deal of time debugging programs. It is essential for A Thinking Ape to have someone experienced in quickly identifying problems and responsive in providing solutions. The interviewer would also like to gauge how you work with internal and external customers when problem-solving. Here is an answer example: "In my last development position, I was responsible for front-line communications with end users. Third tier helpdesk staff would contact me with software bugs, and I was able to quickly and professionally respond to problems. I was able to reduce the bug backlog by 70%." Here is an answer example: "Both my internal and external customers appreciate that I am a natural problem solver. With my eight years of development experience and my Computer Science degree, I can quickly prioritize problems, address priority issues first and respond to customers promptly."12. How important do you believe design is when creating a new app or game? If you look at the mobile games and apps that A Thinking Ape creates, can you see how much time and effort they put into the design component? We all know that image is everything and the interviewer wants to see that you fully understand the importance of UX and UI, and how it directly relates to the success of a game. Here is an answer example: "It is clear to me that A Thinking Ape puts a significant amount of effort into game design. I believe that design is everything since many users will decide on whether or not to download, based on the visuals. Every game needs to be visually compelling, yet uncomplicated, in my opinion." Here is an answer example: "I believe that design can make or break a mobile game or app. Visuals need to be simple yet beautiful, and a developer should be able to ensure that the graphics do not become pixilated on larger mobile device screen sizes. I see that the apps created by A Thinking Ape are all visually compelling, which is one of the reasons I was so excited to apply here. I appreciate the effort your developers put into a great visual experience."13. The gaming industry is notorious for long hours and overtime. How do you feel about crunch time? Crunch time or 'crunching' is how the mobile gaming development world refers to overtime. It's no secret that, putting in extra shifts during tight deadlines is not uncommon. Some developers even claim to work 100+ hours per week as important deadlines approach. Discuss with the interviewer how far you are willing to go, for your team, while keeping a healthy balance. If you currently put in crunch time, you can mention how you deal with it in your present job. Here is an answer example: "I fully expect crunch time then and now, as important deadlines approach or unexpected issues arise. In my current job, I have worked up to 80 hours a week. Although rare, it is taxing but expected from time to time. I am willing to put in overtime within reason. Could you share with me the expectations at A Thinking Ape?" Here is an answer example: "Crunching is a necessary ask in this industry, and I fully expect to put in overtime hours for A Thinking Ape when deadlines approach, or as unexpected needs arise. Do you ask for overtime from your developers on a regular basis? I am happy to work as part of a team, in any capacity required of me."14. What are some pros and cons to developing a mobile game in Java? Java can be an excellent development platform; however, it can limit developers, and common issues can arise. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on developing mobile games in Java. Discuss common problems, how you have utilized Java in the past, and how it compares to C++, a more preferred programming option. Here is an answer example: "While I agree that Java can be an excellent platform for mobile development, I have more widely used C++. A couple of years ago, I created a game similar to Minecraft, another highly popular game created in Java. I believe the pro's of Java in game development is that it's simpler to learn, for new developers. Also, it's garbage collection is robust, often allowing for fewer crashes and bugs. It is slower than C++ which is an important factor to consider." Here is an answer example: "Java was an excellent option for me when I was newer to my career. It gets the job done, although slower, but is much simpler to use compared to C++ for instance. Now, as an experienced mobile game developer, I would not choose Java first; however, I would certainly consider it for simpler games. As an example, Minecraft was created almost entirely in Java, and it remains one of the most loved mobile games out there."15. What are the most common errors you come across in mobile game development? A Thinking Ape seeks to hire only the best talent in game development, and they want to see that you are aware of potential mishaps and that you take the necessary actions to avoid them. Some of the most common errors in mobile game development include:
- Lack of platform research, before beginning a project
- Failing to treat mobile games entirely different from desktop or console games
- Approaching game monetization as an after-thought
- Forgetting about how to market the mobile game once it launches
- Beta-testing their own game, as opposing to hiring a third party
Assure the interviewer that you are aware of these common mistakes and that you know well enough to avoid them. If possible, give an example of a highly successful mobile game development project you have recently completed. Here is an answer example: "In my eight years in the mobile gaming industry, I would say the most common errors I see include developers beta-testing their own work, and forgetting about monetization and marketing until it's too late. I fully believe that marketing and monetization need to be approached and planned out before development even begins." Here is an answer example: "Having the right foundation is incredibly important before starting any development. One recurring error I see is developers choosing iOS over Android, or vice versa, out of complete bias versus genuine research. It's best to be critical of the platform options to support your game idea and then move forward with the project. Another common error I see is developers treating a mobile game the same way they would a desktop or console version. It's vital that mobile games are treated entirely differently than other gaming methods."16. What one mobile app or game would you most like to work on at A Thinking Ape? And why? Answering this question requires an understanding of the games that A Thinking Ape has developed in the past. Is there a pattern that you see - perhaps with their most successful games being freemium style, or maybe their top games are all for Android only. Choose one game that A Thinking Ape has created and then express your interest in working on that particular project. Here is an answer example: "My favorite game created by A Thinking Ape is ABC. I have played it and can tell you that I enjoy the graphics immensely, the sounds are perfect, and the freemium approach is brilliant. I would be excited to work on this app and offer up ideas I have on further monetizing the game." Here is an answer example: "It would be tough to choose, since A Thinking Ape has so many amazing games such as ABC, DEF and XYZ. If I had to choose just one, I would be honored to work on XYZ and make it available for Android. The challenge would stretch me as a developer, and it would be beneficial to A Thinking Ape to make the game available for both iOS and Android users."17. When have you applied a unique or creative approach to solving a difficult development problem? The interviewer would like to see that you are capable of overcoming issues that arise during development, uniquely and creatively. Assure A Thinking Ape that you will not be the type of developer who throws their hands in the air and gives up at every turn. Show that you genuinely dig in to solve an issue. Begin by giving an overview of the difficulty, then discuss the action you chose to take, and then the positive outcome. Here is an answer example: "My former company created primarily Android applications, and we used Java, in which I am an expert level user. One of the games we were developing needed a more modern programming language and some of the features required simplification. I brought in a contractor who was advanced in Kotlin, which nobody on my team understood well enough at that time. The choice to bring someone in was the right one; however, I chose to enroll in Kotlin coursework shortly after. I am proud to say that I now bring solid skills in both Java and Kotlin." Here is an answer example: "I was recently asked to take an existing iOS application and create it for Android. The most significant issue I came across was that the mobile app relied heavily on the fingerprint sensor as part of the user experience. Since Android is open source, apps are used on a variety of hardware. This open source meant that I needed to get creative by implementing multiple authentications, allowing for the various hardware features of all Android devices. It was a significant challenge but one that I genuinely enjoyed."18. Do you improve your development skills on a regular basis? If so, to which resources do you turn? Share with the interviewer the resources you use to develop your mobile game development skills further. It's important to remember that A Thinking Ape needs to see that you have a keen interest in growing your abilities, and career. If you are comfortable turning the question into more of a conversation, feel free to ask the interviewer for recommendations or suggestions. Here is an answer example: "Currently, my skills in C++, Java, and Ruby; however, I recently wanted to expand my knowledge in new game development concepts. I found the Extra Credits YouTube channel. I learned a great deal about how the game development industry is evolving this year, and find myself revisiting that particular resource quite often." Here is an answer example: "Skills development is an important part of growing my career. My current company offers me the opportunity to expand my skills by taking two courses of my choice, per year. This year I chose an advanced C++ course and another on monetization in the gaming industry. If you have recommendations on how to best build my skill set to benefit A Thinking Ape, I would love to hear them."19. Are you more comfortable in a startup environment, or with an established company? The interviewer is interested in seeing if the environment at A Thinking Ape is what you need to be successful. The best response is that you can thrive in a startup or an established company; however, that may not be the case.
Think of the pros and cons of each. Working for an established company may feel more secure; however, it may also be more challenging to work your way up. Then, in a startup, you may have a lot of creative freedom, but the pay may not be as lucrative.
Discuss with the interviewer the type of environment you are most comfortable with, remain positive, and draw in parts of the culture at A Thinking Ape in your response. Here is an answer example: "I have worked in both a startup environment, as well as a few highly established companies. Although I appreciate the organization that comes with a more established business, the energy of a startup drives me. I can succeed in either since I am self-driven; however, I can say that the energetic environment at A Thinking Ape speaks to me." Here is an answer example: "The number of years a company has been in business is not my primary interest. I am seeking a specific workplace culture that includes loyalty, excitement for the work at hand, and an opportunity to work on creative, technical projects. I appreciate that A Thinking Ape holds a commitment to success by offering continued education opportunities. I see that your company offers a perfect blend of a startup and established feel."20. In your opinion, is it essential to have multiple developers work on one game? The interviewer would like to know if you see value in sharing projects, or if you are the type of developer who prefers to work independently. This question is a teamwork focused query. Before giving a firm response, either way, you should have an idea if A Thinking Ape assigns multiple developers to their projects, or not. You want to avoid pigeonholing yourself so aim for an open-minded answer. Here is an answer example: "I can see the pros and cons to both; however, I enjoy collaborating with other talented developers. I know there will be a lot for me to learn from the current developers at A Thinking Ape, and I look forward to team projects. With that said, I do believe sole developers can create great games." Here is an answer example: "I have seen excellent mobile games created by single developers. One thing to remember in those instances is that it's a great idea to have beta testing performed by a third party. I value teamwork and know I will enjoy years of excellent collaboration with A Thinking Ape's existing developers, should I be the successful candidate."21. Name three tactics the mobile gaming industry can use, to make money. When you can understand how companies best make money in the mobile gaming industry, it's much easier to develop games that are responsive to that particular goal. The interviewer would like to see that you understand there are a variety of ways to earn money from a mobile game. If you have played any of the games created by A Thinking Ape you should be able to identify which methods they rely on for making a profit, allowing you to bring that up in your discussion.
Some earning tactics are:
- Charge per copy
- Monthly subscription
- Ads and sponsorships
- Micro-transactions Here is an answer example: "I have played your most recent mobile game and saw that you use a blend of ads and micro-transactions to drive profits. This method is one that I appreciate the most because it gives people the option to play the free version, interrupted by ads, or a paid version should they prefer. I am also aware that pay-per-play subscriptions are very popular in the mobile gaming industry." Here is an answer example: "The three methods which I am most aware and experienced in, include ads, monthly subscriptions, and charge per copy. As a developer, I am experienced creating games around all three of these models; and as a gamer, I prefer monthly subscriptions."22. Although as a video game tester you may have a level of autonomy, as a team member, communication skills are vital. In your past testing positions, how have you found that communication has played an important role in your work? Hiring managers at A Thinking Ape want to ensure you understand the importance of clear communication with other team members. It will be important to be able to explain, both verbally and in written word, the issues/problems you encounter while testing the video games. Clear communication will allow for timely and accurate improvements to the product.
In your response, talk about why you find strong communication skills will be vital in the testing role at A Thinking Ape. In addition, touch upon your communication experiences in past positions, adding detail where necessary. Here is an answer example: "Communications skills have always been vital in the various positions I have held. It is important to be able to communicate with team members in your group as well as counterparts in other departments. Because collaboration has always been a significant part of my work, I have learned that clear and consistent communication allows for work to be completed in an efficient manner. While working as a tester, it has been important for me to communicate issues I encounter to the appropriate programmers. My ability to communicate problems clearly has allowed programmers to complete their work quickly and efficiently." Here is an answer example: "Over the years, I have been able to strengthen my communication skills while working in a variety of roles. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most important skills to have in any position. I find it to be particularly important in the testing role as problems will need to be accurately communicated to the appropriate programmers. In the past, I have been part of situations where time was wasted as poorly communicated emails were exchanged between different departments within the company. This delayed the project unnecessarily and ultimately delayed the product release. In this type of situation, it is important to recognize when a phone conference or face-to-face meeting is more beneficial."23. Which are your favorite automated mobile app testing tools? It is crucial that every mobile game, before its release, goes through rigorous testing to check for bugs, slow performance, and feature malfunctions. When a game is released too soon and has bugs or lags, it will receive poor reviews and a significant decline in downloads. For these reasons, it's imperative to test correctly.
There are many tools available for testing mobile applications and games such as:
- UI Automator
Talk to the interviewer about the automated mobile app testing tools with which you are most familiar and experienced. To make it easier on the interviewer, you can rate your expertise from 1-10 or describe yourself as beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert level in the tools that you mention. If A Thinking Ape has said which means they use, be sure to reference these. Here is an answer example: "Hands down, my favorite mobile app testing tools include Testdroid, Frank, and MonkeyRunner. I am an expert in all three of these tools, having used them on a regular basis for the past few years, in my current job. I saw on your job posting that you are specifically looking for experience in Testdroid. My experience with Testdroid has shown it is beneficial in saving money in the development stage while improving time-to-market." Here is an answer example: "I have worked with many mobile testing tools over the years and have to say that Appium remains my favorite. I like that it is open-source which allows for testing of both Android and iOS games. Also, the fact that it supports Java, and C# is a significant bonus."24. What do you believe are three key elements a mobile app or game must have in order to be successful? Since the interviewer is asking you what you believe to be the three critical elements to a successful mobile game, there is likely no right or wrong reply. Take into consideration what A Thinking Ape focus' on in their game development. If their games have a significant focus on pricing models, stunning UI/UX, and seamless social media integration, you will want to focus on those areas in your response. Here is an answer example: "There are many elements to consider for each game, and I believe those elements change depending on the game, the platform, target audience, and purpose. The three elements which I focus on the most are the UI/UX because those are what makes a game enticing and fun to play. I also focus a lot on sound. If the music is lighthearted and fun, it makes a significant difference to a player, over annoying sounds. Lastly, I believe that a successful mobile game must have a solid pricing strategy. Freemium or pay-to-play models are very lucrative for many games right now." Here is an answer example: "From what I see in the games that A Thinking Ape creates, a great storyline, capturing visuals, and social integration are the key elements to a successful mobile app. Stories keep the attention of the gamer and inviting them to finish the storyline prevents game abandonment. Stunning visuals help significantly, of course, and they should never become pixilated on larger screens. Lastly, social media is the most powerful hub for driving user engagement. A mobile game should always integrate with popular platforms such as Facebook."25. Tell me about the most challenging aspect of your current job. How did you overcome it? A Thinking Ape wants to know that you will dig in harder, when things are difficult, rather than give up. Sometimes the most significant workplace challenge is a difficult task that puts you outside of your comfort zone. It could be something that requires skills you haven't mastered yet or qualities where you are not the strongest. Explain to the interviewer why it was difficult but be sure to spend more time highlighting the actions you took to overcome the challenge. Here is an answer example: "The most challenging aspect of my current job was mastering the different data models used when I first started with them. Before joining, I did not have a lot of exposure to object-oriented database modeling or hierarchical database models, and they are used a great deal in the organization. To overcome this, I took the lead in my learning and referred to online resources and tutorials. I ended up becoming very well versed in both types of data models, and am now the go-to resource for our new hires." Here is an answer example: "The most challenging aspect of my previous job was the constant need to pivot our attention when it came to trends in the machine learning industry since our product offering relied so heavily on ML. We would gain footing, and then the next greatest update would arrive. Rather than master it all, I started to focus on a few company leaders in the industry and followed some influencers highly knowledgeable in machine learning trends. This targeted focus allowed us to remain zeroed in on what was important."
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Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace.
Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career.
Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise.
Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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We do, however, strive to match their background and expertise with the appropriate question sets found on our website.
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Specifically, our companies and our graduate school interviews.
For these two, we use the industry in which we believe the company most well-represents and the graduate programs, as the basis for the interview questions and answers that generate for each company or school.
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We believe, most of our visitors can become more likely to succeed in their job interview with hard-work and practice. We believe, the key to success is for our users to rehearse with our interview questions while using our answer examples as an idea generator for their own interview answers.
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That is not the purpose of our website.