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ZeniMax Media Interview Questions

Updated Sep 8, 2014
Updated Sep 8, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at ZeniMax Media.

    Interview Details

    The interview process with Zenimax was very professional. It was a day long event with many leads and subject matter experts from various disciplines asking relevant questions. They were straight forward and honest as to the current status of the project. They previewed not only the game but gave me an in depth tool demonstration as well.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the most challenging feature you were asked to design.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Zenimax is a large company and moves a bit slower than some might expect. Be patient.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Network Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at ZeniMax Media in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial communication via email shortly after sending my resume, no HR or phone interview, scheduled to meet the tech team right away. Overall, probably the best interview experience I had so far in my life.

    First, there are very few standard nonsense HR questions. Don't waste time rehearsing answers to questions like "where do you see yourself in five years?" (sitting in your chair, sipping scotch, why?), "what can you bring to the company in addition to your technical skills?" (I can bring my cat if you let me) or "Why you chose ABC inc?" (because I hope you'll pay me my salary, right?). Leave that stuff for your next interview with yet-another-consulting-firm. Here, it's all technical. Even better, it's not just a "Please rate your experience with SANs on the scale 1 to 10" type of questions (which have always confused me big time, how am I supposed to know? It's eleven!), there are actual quiz questions. So, brush up your knowledge of networks, Active Directory, standard tcp/ip ports, subnetting et al, you'll need it. Not too hardcore though - I expected more of IOS and Linux.

    Second, the interview is very informal and quite funny, so is the general atmosphere. People seem to be genuinely interested in what they do. No dress code (yay!) Metro accessible location, quiet DC suburb. Everyone - from the receptionist, to the HR and the tech team are super nice and friendly.

    Worth attending, regardless of the outcome, just to get a chance to see Zenimax/Bethesda from the inside (and a must if you like video games, like myself, - something to tell your friends later) and meet these guys. If you're skilled enough and lucky, you'll see your name in the credits of the next TES series game, how cool is that?

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA Tester Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cockeysville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cockeysville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at ZeniMax Media in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Resume sent, Instant reply back with a QA Team questionare by email, then Live Interview at studio.Then a quick reply with offer.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Quality Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at ZeniMax Media in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    3 interviews. The first interview was mostly personal questions and related-experience probing. Very relaxed and easy questions.

    The second interview seemed mostly to be an expansion on the first interview, but adding additional questions and tests to the process.

    The third interview was much more in-depth and a little jarring with how well they've designed their questions and exercises to test your critical thinking and descriptive abilities.

    Required to sign many NDA's throughout each interview.

    Interview Questions
    • (This one almost caused me to mentally break down for some reason)

      Describe (on paper) how to fully disassemble and assemble a mechanical pen that they present.
       
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    Negotiation Details
    I believe all qa interns make a flat 15 per hour
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Character Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Uppsala, Uppsala (Sweden)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Uppsala, Uppsala (Sweden)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at ZeniMax Media in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough, they look into everything they can find about you from people you worked with and projects you participated on. Very straight up and honest in the interview process, they will tell you why you are there.

    Usually they have a longer than usual hiring process, with a long probationary period, for the benefit of both the applicant and the company/studio in question. This is coupled with multiple interviews/performance reviews to make sure that everything is working out well.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no real gotcha-type questions. The hardest part was not showing my excitement after they had told me about their project and then asked me how I felt about it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Straightforward, I put up a number I thought reasonable, they told me how high they were willing to go and we settled on a final salary within minutes and shook hands.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at ZeniMax Media in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Hiring manager was friendly and asked the following types of questions:
    1. Why are you interested in the video games industry?
    2. Do you play video games? What games?
    3. What are your favorite video game ads?
    4. How would you ad value?

    The phone interview lasted about 30 minutes with about 10 minutes being my questions. The follow-up email from HR was ambiguous about the next step, and after a few weeks of no follow-up it was pretty clear they passed.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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