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A Wizard of Goatse
Dec 14, 2014



most jobs don't have tests or that insane bullshit where they ask you to handwrite a functional script from scratch on a whiteboard in front of a half dozen disapproving strangers, OP, even computer man jobs don't always do that. They ask you a bunch of questions about the work you've done and the stuff you're good at and what you're looking for in a job etc. and if you sound like you know what you're talking about and have the documentation to back it up you might get the job

I've been involved in hiring some graphic designers and stuff and an easy way to blow people out of the water is to show up with a cool thing you custom designed for their company that shows some talent and a general idea of what they do, so try that if you've got the time and an idea. I don't know if this works for like videogames or whatever if you roll up with your anime OC and heavily imply he should be the main character of their new game

Zvezda posted:

It depends on the company. I got hired solely on my CV, portfolio and interview, but a lot of places ask for an art test before the interview stage, which is like, "Hey, here's a brief, make this thing in our art style!" and they range from stuff that they expect done in a day or two or something that will eat up a week of your life. It's pretty crummy, especially when they can't provide feedback or anything more than a generic rejection to unsuccessful applications, but I guess it's a good way of zoning in on the artists who'll be able to hit the ground running art-wise.

If a place lets you know they expect you to give them days of labor for free before they've even hired you that is the most explicit possible invitation to seek work elsewhere, jesus christ

A Wizard of Goatse fucked around with this message at 02:40 on Sep 27, 2015

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A Wizard of Goatse
Dec 14, 2014



Ithaqua posted:

Well, no. Developers who are unable to communicate well will get screened out pretty quickly, since teamwork is an essential part of developing software.

I take it you have not actually interviewed for many computer jobs, where being stuck in a room being "interviewed" by three awkwardly silent greasy guys is fairly typical

Ithaqua posted:

In the software development field, bad companies that you don't want to work for don't assess your actual ability to write software. It's considered a huge red flag.

Considered by who, because that is the opposite of everything I've seen. The whiteboard thing has no relation to the actual process of writing code that will work on a computer, and companies that have bizarro interview requirements and tests and hoops to jump through instead of looking at your prior work and talking to you like a human begin as they mean to go on. These are also the jobs that send the greaser who can't come up with questions to interview you.

A Wizard of Goatse fucked around with this message at 02:56 on Sep 27, 2015

A Wizard of Goatse
Dec 14, 2014



Everyone gets vetted for interviews in every position there is, that's what interviews are. If a company demands you make them a new ad campaign for free or gives you a myers-briggs test or sends a guy who can't interview to interview you or surprises you with paints and a canvas and a roomful of strangers who are going to watch you paint your masterpiece right now or is otherwise weird and unpleasant be aware that if you take that job that is what your life will be like from then on.

TBF in art/design type jobs I've seen the test thing maybe once, I've seen the 'go home and make us our new logo' thing a bunch of times and it should be no surprise that at least half the time those companies wind up deciding they don't need that position filled right now after all and then a month later rolling out a new logo that's 2% different from the best of the candidates' entries

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