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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published December 15th, 2018 | 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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King.com fosters a collaborative working environment. When have you taken the time to teach an essential skill to a coworker?
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The interviewers at King.com want to hear that you have experience teaching or mentoring your coworkers. You may have taught a new hire all of your department's standard processes. Perhaps you explained new concepts related to AI and data migration to a more junior employee. You may have mentored an employee who was struggling to meet a project deadline. All of these scenarios are great examples to draw on.

Better yet, if you have personally seen someone struggling with workplace skills or knowledge, approached them, and offered to mentor them, it is a shining example of leadership! Whatever your scenario may be, tell the interviewer what you helped the person with, while highlighting the positive outcome of their skills improvement.
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1.
King.com fosters a collaborative working environment. When have you taken the time to teach an essential skill to a coworker?
The interviewers at King.com want to hear that you have experience teaching or mentoring your coworkers. You may have taught a new hire all of your department's standard processes. Perhaps you explained new concepts related to AI and data migration to a more junior employee. You may have mentored an employee who was struggling to meet a project deadline. All of these scenarios are great examples to draw on.

Better yet, if you have personally seen someone struggling with workplace skills or knowledge, approached them, and offered to mentor them, it is a shining example of leadership! Whatever your scenario may be, tell the interviewer what you helped the person with, while highlighting the positive outcome of their skills improvement.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last week our company introduced a new module in our SAP system. I could see that our contracted HR assistant was having some troubles with the new module. I was familiar with it already, so I offered to help him learn the module. We spent his lunch hour for the next three days working on it. He perfected the module and our company was so impressed with his dedication to learning that they are now trying to find room to hire him on a full time, permanent basis."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I'm proud to say that, even without any official management capacity, I often seize the opportunity to teach others at work. Not only have I helped contribute to the sales team's knowledge base of our software, but also I try to teach our clients on the added features of our software, at every opportunity. It's fun to share and teach others, especially since I am always seeking out learning opportunities for myself."
Anonymous Answer
"In my previous job, I had some projects on my own. When a new colleague joined our team, she took on some of my projects because I was assigned to new tasks. Even though she had more experience in years than me, I was the person I knew what needs to be done. The plan was to train her for two weeks, but we did it in only one! I eventually learned new things from her too. Collaboration is key to team success."
Rachelle's Answer
This example shows a willingness to do what's right for your team. You approached this humbly, and as a person willing to learn. Very good!
"In my previous job, I had some individual projects. When a new colleague joined our team, she took on some of my projects because I was assigned to new tasks. Even though she had more experience in years than me, I knew the projects inside and out. The plan was to train her for two weeks, but we did it in only one! I eventually learned new things from her too. Collaboration is key for team success."
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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 King.com assigns multiple developers to their projects, or not. You want to avoid pigeonholing yourself so aim for an open-minded answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 King.com, and I look forward to team projects. With that said, I do believe sole developers can create great games."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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 King.com's existing developers, should I be the successful candidate."
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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 King.com 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"From what I see in the games that King.com 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."
Anonymous Answer
"I believe that this depends on the game, the platform (mobile or desktop), the target audience, and the purpose. The three elements which I would focus on are the UI/UX because those are what make a game attractive and fun to play. Secondly, I would say the storyline. A great story keeps the attention of the gamer and causes him to feel like a part of the game. Finally, the element of matching the lifestyle of each player is essential. Back in the 90s, players often need to play a few hours to pass the checkpoint and save the game. Nowadays, users want to play wherever they are, for as long as they want, from different platforms."
Rachelle's Answer
Perfect response! Your answer is well laid out, and shows your depth of knowledge.
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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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 King.com?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Crunching is a necessary ask in this industry, and I fully expect to put in overtime hours for King.com 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."
Anonymous Answer
"I fully expect crunch time then and now, as important deadlines approach or unexpected issues arise. Before start my master I was working in an IT company and at Walmart at the same time. Also, during my studies I had only course works, not exams, meaning that I had more deadlines that I usually have, but I managed to get very good grades. I am willing to put in overtime within reason."
Rachelle's Answer
It's great that you pulled examples that show your willingness and ability to work very hard. Good answer!
"I fully expect crunch time, as important deadlines approach or unexpected issues arise. Before starting my master's, I was working in an IT company and at Walmart at the same time. Also, during my studies, I had only course work, not exams, meaning that I had more deadlines than usual. I managed to get excellent grades. I am willing to put in overtime within reason."
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5.
Do you have production experience with cloud computing services, such as Amazon Web Services?
Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon, provides gaming companies reliable and affordable on-demand cloud computing services. A company can join AWS for free, and only pay what they use. Gaming companies such as Ubisoft use AWS for Assassins Creed, Far Cry, and Just Dance. Discuss any production experience you have with AWS or another cloud computing service.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I use only AWS for on-demand cloud computing services because it's the most trustworthy and very affordable. My current company uses AWS to build and distribute our games internationally."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When my current company needed a solution for running our analytics, data pipelines, and web offering, I suggested that we turn to AWS. Amazon Web Services is the cloud computing platform of choice for me; however, I am sure that I could quickly pick up others such as Azure."
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