Quickist Reply EVER!!

Melbourne House got back to me on my resume for the QA position within 12 hours of me posting. that's gotta be a new record of some sort. coodos to them XD!!

Not the point of the thread though. I have an interview for Friday THIS week with the lead QA guy. I'm a little nervous as this is my first ever interview so id like some advice from you guys.

What would a QA lead ask a potential employee?

I haven?t lied on my resume so I have nothing to fear in terms of credentials. Even to the point of non-selling myself by saying. "I have no previous industry experience" so they've really given me the benefit of the doubt on that issue..

That or there just interviewing all applicants outright. Ether way it's all good.

Anything I should bring? I'm going to be my nervous truthful self. But advice from you guys would be much appreciated. Thanks guys. XD

mcdrewski's picture

What games do you play? Why?
What games don't you play? Why?

If you were asked to test a game you wouldn't normally play, how would you do it? Could you do it?
If you were asked to test a game you love playing, describe where you would start.

You might be given a game and asked to test something on it. You may be shown a bug and asked to describe the bug in a bug report.

And unless they have asked you to bring something, bring yourself.

Caroo's picture

quote:Originally posted by mcdrewski

What games do you play? Why?
What games don't you play? Why?

If you were asked to test a game you wouldn't normally play, how would you do it? Could you do it?
If you were asked to test a game you love playing, describe where you would start.

You might be given a game and asked to test something on it. You may be shown a bug and asked to describe the bug in a bug report.

And unless they have asked you to bring something, bring yourself.

Thanks for that mate. I'll give it me best shot.XD

mcdrewski's picture

and [url="http://www.penny-arcade.com/porktester.php"]read this[/url]

Caroo's picture

Read it. Very interesting. Just to clarify i was never under the intension that a QA was gonna be easy or fun. But hopefully it will get me out of the house, give me some meger pay to buy crap and I?ll be able to make a few friends with common interest.

Not to mention a possible foot in the door.

So yes. I know if I get the job I?ll be in for a world of hurt.. But it?s a start XD

unknownuser2's picture

I tip my cap to you, for sticking in there just like you said you would ( yes I remember your first post ) and wish you the best of luck on your interview, Hopefully it goes well!

souri's picture

Best of luck, Caroo. We're all rooting for ya! [:)]

Caroo's picture

Thank you guys. I really do hope I don't choke. But knowing a few guys are backing me up does really help me out. cheers guys. i'll tell ya all how it goes.

Morphine's picture

If I were in Melbourne, I would have applied for it :<
GL with the interview though Caroo! :D

MoonUnit's picture

*pulls out caroo banner and happily munches on popcorn* :P

souri's picture

I've just updated the job post from Melbourne House. They've had tonnes of people applying for the job since it's been up on Sumea a few days ago. So much so that they won't be taking on any more applicants who apply from today onward (they'll be kept on file though).

So if you missed out, you had to be quick!!

mcdrewski's picture

edit: can only assume caroo's post describing the interview was pulled :) so my original response is no longer that relevant :)

keeping my fingers crossed tho.

-d

Caroo's picture

quote:Originally posted by mcdrewski

edit: can only assume caroo's post describing the interview was pulled :) so my original response is no longer that relevant :)

keeping my fingers crossed tho.

-d

I just yea... deleted it becouse id rather be safe then sorry ^^; I wouldn't want my job oppatunity bashed becouse they found out i posted the details of what constatutes a test on a website.

In the back of my mind i don't really think they would mind but as said before it's better safe then sorry XD

My fingers are still crossed. i Have no idea on when they'll be back to me XD

Jacana's picture

More so than you being concerned with if they would mind or not, a post talking about the things you found could have given someone else applying for the job a competitive edge.

I think you did the right thing by pulling your post :)

Caroo's picture

quote:Originally posted by Jacana

More so than you being concerned with if they would mind or not, a post talking about the things you found could have given someone else applying for the job a competitive edge.

I think you did the right thing by pulling your post :)

^^Thank you. I think i did to. I wasn?t really concerned as I only gave...like 3 things away.. Those 3 things also being obvious to the point where if the person playing the game couldn't figure them out then they would have no idea what a bug would be to begin with.

I don?t think I gave anyone a real big edge. And I made sure not to state what game or type it was XD

Tron's picture

Be sure to let us know what happens. :)

codyalday's picture

Good luck with it man, hope you make it.

Caroo's picture

Well heres the thing. It's my hunch that there gonna employ about 15-20 People for this QA job. [Based on the total QA staff of transformers was 20] So theres gotta be more then just me visiting this site and had an interview.

If youve had the interview With Atari on this QA position speak up. please dont give details but i'd like to know im not the only guy on Suema whos trying to get into this thing ^__^

Morphine's picture

I'd say you're not alone from here Caroo, I think people are just being tactical and not speaking up.

>_> <_< >_>

BTW, I didn't apply for it, it's in Melbourne and I'm in Brizvegas :D

Caroo's picture

quote:Originally posted by Morphine

I'd say you're not alone from here Caroo, I think people are just being tactical and not speaking up.

>_> <_< >_>

BTW, I didn't apply for it, it's in Melbourne and I'm in Brizvegas :D

What?s there to be tactical about?

"Hi. Yeah I applied for the position too. I really hope we all get in. Have a good one mate."

XD Melbourne House will NOT deny your application because your friendly.. I know that for sure.

Caroo's picture

It?s been about a month now... still no reply form when I did that test/interview.

The QA guy said that they where gonna start early next year but I got an inching they would of gotten back to me by now on weather or not I got a position so I?m assuming I didn?t get it :(

Is anyone able to shed light on this? Weather or not Atari's QA team has been formed and ready? Or anyone else who applied got a call after they did the test??

I'm gonna call up on the 6th of January just to confirm my uncertainties, But any help form you guys will be well received.

Thanks. XD

Mick1460's picture

Hey Caroo!

To be honest, I think that they would all be deep into holiday mode without a single care for work what so ever! I wouldn?t get disappointed if they have not contacted you by now as it is such a difficult time of year to get anything from anyone. Your best bet is to give them a phone call in the first week of January, but be ready for 'sorry, our HR person is still on holidays'. Anyway, you should do the same and just chill out!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Caroo's picture

quote:Originally posted by Mick1460

Hey Caroo!

To be honest, would all be deep into holiday mode without a single care for work what so ever! I wouldn?t get disappointed if they have not contacted you by now as it is such a difficult time of year to get anything from anyone. Your best bet is to give them a phone call in the first week of January, but be ready for 'sorry, our HR person is still on holidays'. Anyway, you should do the same and just chill out!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

very true point mate. *haha* you guys proably have been working your guttis out and are lavishing the free time. As for me i just finished high school and is about as bored as one can get XD

but true point. i'll wait more and just see what develops.

Caroo's picture

Well. I didn?t get in XD

I got me a automated bulk message telling me so! Eh.. now I gotta figure out what to do with myself for 6 months.

Anyways. To all the people that did get into the QA positions I hope it's a good experience for you all. ^^ Good luck with it.

unknownuser2's picture

I vote 1 for spending 6 months playing and analysing all manner of games - what made them fun or what made it absolute crap, why was it engrossing or why wasnt it, perhaps get hold of gamemaker or blitz and making some simple games incorporating your thoughts.

I took a look at your game design documents and youve got some solid grounding for good ideas which youve even concepted, so no excuse for dodgy artwork in your little games [:P]

Once you get a few of them done - display them openly here in the designers section for others to comment on, hopefully youll be able to get some really good feedback from some industry pros!

Hope that helps! [:)]

Caroo's picture

quote:Originally posted by HazarD

I vote 1 for spending 6 months playing and analysing all manner of games - what made them fun or what made it absolute crap, why was it engrossing or why wasnt it, perhaps get hold of gamemaker or blitz and making some simple games incorporating your thoughts.

I took a look at your game design documents and youve got some solid grounding for good ideas which youve even concepted, so no excuse for dodgy artwork in your little games [:P]

Once you get a few of them done - display them openly here in the designers section for others to comment on, hopefully youll be able to get some really good feedback from some industry pros!

Hope that helps! [:)]

Thank you very much for the constructive advice mate. iIll get right onto that, hopefully come back to you all with something interesting.

Fun and Cool. Thats all that im going for in my little games XD