You’ve just seen the job of your dreams on Ubisoft Singapore’s job portal and you’re wondering what it’s going to take to get it. What do we love to see and how are you going to stand out? Great news - our Talent Acquisition Manager Frederic Bonifassy has got some winning tips that will help you score your place at Southeast Asia's largest AAA game development studio.
What’s the job application process?
Frederic: There are 4 steps in your application process. Applying, a call from our recruiter, a potential technical test and face-to-face interviews. You can find our latest job opportunities on our Website and Indeed. You might also come across them on our social media, so we highly recommend that you follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.
If your application passes our initial selection, you will receive a call from our recruiter. This is a 30 to 45 minute chat to know you better, understand your career experiences, current situation, motivations for joining Ubisoft and answer your questions about the job and our studio.
If you sound passionate about joining a vibrant and challenging work environment, you will be asked to take an assessment if you are applying for programming, art, design or animation roles. This helps us determine your technical skill level. If you pass the test, we will invite you for an interview with the hiring manager and a peer in the team. Depending on seniority, there may be more interviews with the management teams.
This process may take 3 to 4 weeks. After your last interview, you’ll hear from us in a week if you are offered the job!
What does a great resume and portfolio look like?
Frederic: We’re looking for anything that helps us understand your thought process, communication style, team fit and motivation. So we’re always happy to see a mix of experiences that best showcase how you think and work.
Although having prior experience working on AAA games is a big plus, you can make an incredible first impression with an outstanding personal project. If you make small games or software in your free time or take part in hackathons or game jams, tell us all about it! Don’t be afraid to show us how technically skilled you are.
How do great candidates ace their interviews?
Frederic: The most impressive interviews are always with people who are extremely motivated, well prepared and have a great attitude. You can tell that they just really want the job and there’s nothing they’d rather be doing than building games.
This may be common sense but a positive attitude, enthusiasm and eye contact go a long way. We’re looking for people who love game-making so much they can’t wait to talk about their experiences. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, so you’ve got to be as ready as you can be! Surprise us with your knowledge of the industry. Find out as much as you can about Ubisoft Singapore to show us how serious you are about this opportunity!
Does Ubisoft Singapore only hire people who are gamers?
Frederic: Absolutely not, but we do favor people who understand gamers well. Playing games is one way to do so, but you can also find out a lot about our industry through research. As long as you can show us that you’re passionate about games and have a good grasp of the latest happenings in the industry, it’s good for us! We’ve hired many talented developers who were not previously from game development, so don’t be discouraged.
Must I fit into Ubisoft Singapore’s culture? What is Ubisoft Singapore’s culture anyway?
Frederic: In short, yes, we are looking for people who are a good culture fit. We are a studio that dares to take risks, celebrates diversity, learns continuously and is serious about fun. We treat game-making as serious business and will always approach our work with an energetic, creative and fun-loving attitude. After all, it takes someone who knows fun to create fun.
Why do we care that you’re the right culture fit for us? Because game-making is complicated stuff and we want collaboration to be as smooth as possible. That’s better achieved if we can align ourselves towards the same vision. And because you will definitely learn and benefit the most if you fit in well with your peers.
As a studio, we’re always pushing for innovation within the games we create. We need people who’re enthusiastic about innovation and unafraid to venture into the unknown. And most importantly, our games bear the creative input of every developer. We want your amazing personality, sense of humor and brilliant ideas to really make a difference in our products.
Any final tips?
Frederic: I’m always a little surprised when a candidate does not ask any questions the end of an interview. Don’t be shy and ask us questions! It shows us how much you want the job and helps you understand if this job is the right fit for you.
Believe in your skills. While we do understand that some people are more introverted, we encourage you to open up and share examples of your accomplishments proactively. Being forthcoming shows us what a great team player you’ll be.
There’re some other small things that can help you, like:
- Checking out your interviewers on LinkedIn before the interview – we will always provide their names
- Reading the job description and understanding it very well
- Researching gaming industry trends
- Checking out our website, Facebook and LinkedIn
- Dressing comfortably but smartly – suits are not needed for sure!
And with that, good luck! We’re rooting for you and we can’t wait to welcome you to Ubisoft Singapore!