Dreamkind Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Art Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dreamkind in June 2011.
Interview Details – I applied from a Craiglist ad and was pleasantly surprised to find a normal office with a cool vibe, not a creepy dungeon. I was interviewed by the president and he was really complementary to my artwork and seemed ready to hire me right off the bat. I also participated in an artist test that allowed me to show my skills in design.
Interview Question – All the questions were pretty standard art and design questions, but he was very interested in the fact that I worked for my parent's small business. He liked that I had some knowledge of how a small business runs. Answer Question
Programmer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Dreamkind in June 2012.
Interview Details – Met with President of Dreamkind, producer and some Director of business or marketing or something. They were all really great: nice, fun, honest. President had a really interesting background and was very smart. Would have been a cool guy to work for, but they decided to go in another direction. They said to stay in touch, which some companies do, but I think they meant it. They followed up with me later just to say again how much they enjoyed meeting me and that it was just an issue of current needs. The producer and business person were really nice. I would have liked to have gotten the job.
Interview Question – I was not expecting to be asked about scheduling and planning out a project. I was given a situation where I was given a game design doc. Then I had to take the producer through my process in planning out how I would program the project and how I would make a schedule. Answer Question
Associate Producer Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dreamkind in May 2012.
Interview Details – They attended my college's senior show, I had an interview at the school the next day with the PM, who was fabulous. I followed up with them later the following week and then scheduled an on-site interview. The Onsite was with the CEO and the PM. The CEO clearly didn't have experience working at other game companies, as a former lawyer and toy industry exec. He expects employees to work from 7-8 am till 7-8pm at least, otherwise he doesn't consider them to be serious about the future of the company, even though the hours of the office are officially 9am-6pm. The worst part was that he seemed to think this was the normal and right way to go about running his company. The interview was about an hour and a half, but after 30 minutes, I was ready to leave, just staying to see it out, to see if perhaps the CEO was just clueless about what his employees did. Sadly it was not the case, his discussions about how they scheduled work was also appalling.
Interview Question – If you were designing an elevator system with 2 elevators for a 20 story office building, what would you set the elevators to do. Followup of what would you do if it was an additional 10 or 20 floors, what would you do if you had an additional elevator. View Answer