Below is an excerpt from a BuiltinLA article featuring insider tips for landing a job at some of LA’s hottest tech companies. The article in its entirety can be found here.
Scopely is one of the most successful independent mobile gaming studios in Los Angeles. Fresh off a $35 million Series A round today, their growth is only accelerating. Consistently putting games into the top 10 most downloaded on the Apple and Google Play app stores, Scopely is perhaps most well known for its Buddies franchise of multiplayer games. Here’s what Senior Recruiter Jordan Mazer said:
Passion… Show passion for the domain, as well as the business prospects provided by being part of the space. In the context of Scopely, that means make us aware that you both love to play games, and believe in viability of our overall business. Don’t try to fake it, though, because a claim of passion will undoubtedly be met by a scrupulous appraisal of your gaming knowledge.
Know our products! In the context of Scopely, there is no excuse to not have played our games. If you don’t use our products prior to an interview then we as a company have learned two things about you. First, you don’t adequately prepare for momentous, potentially life changing events. Second, you can’t possibly know with authority that you want to be part of our enterprise.
Explain yourself… Have a very clear and thought through explanation of why you are either looking for, or open to considering, a new job. Managers and recruiters want to know that you will provide long term value to the company and the context behind your search often informs their judgement.
Resumes… Submit a PDF file, make sure it is clear and concise, and don’t try to reinvent the medium. Recruiters and managers alike are searching for a simple depiction of your experience; not a narrative about the kind of person you are or your overarching ambitions. Save the excess for a cover letter and your interactions with the team!
Stand up… Stick to your convictions in an interview process. The more senior you get, the more the team expects you will be able to (genially) argue a point in a cogent manner. That means that interviewers might purposefully challenge you with ideas they know are not true or optimal, even if only to play the devil’s advocate. We want to see what kind of leader and thinker you are. Do you back down or capitulate in the face of adversity? Or do you take on interlocutors with the kind of vigor and competence that we need to take our business to the next level?