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so on. This chapter presents some general information on hiring, retaining, and
training talent from the producer’s point of view.
6.2 HIRING TALENT
Finding talent can be difficult, especially if you are not located in one of the game
development hubs in California, Washington state, or Texas. However, people with
a talent and passion for making games are more than willing to relocate for the right
opportunity. You have several available resources for finding talent—working with
recruiters, posting job openings on the company website, and recruiting people at
game development conferences and trade shows. Also, keep in mind that the right
person for the job might find you, as there are numerous people interested in mak-
ing games for a living. They may not be experienced enough for some of the more
senior positions, but they might be excellent entry-level talent.
You may have an on-site Human Resources (HR) department who handles
the hiring process, or you may be able to use your publisher’s HR department. In
either case, the HR department is usually the initial point of contact for all poten-
tial candidates and handles the logistics of creating and posting job descriptions,
collecting resumes, coordinating phone interviews, making travel arrangements
for in-person interviews, negotiating salaries, and extending final offers.
The producer is responsible for informing the HR department of the hiring
needs, providing details for the job description, and interviewing prospective
candidates. The producer may also determine who else on the team needs to
interview the candidates.
The interview process begins by looking over submitted resumes and select-
ing a list of prospective candidates for an initial phone interview. The producer
or lead usually conducts this interview and makes a recommendation on whether
this person should be brought in for an on-site interview. If someone is brought
in for an interview, as many people as possible should have the opportunity to
interview him. Ideally, everyone on the team can be involved, but this may not
be possible if there are more than ten people on the team. In larger teams like
these, the main people interfacing with this person on a regular basis should be
involved in the interviewing process.
After the candidate is interviewed, the producer and other people involved
in the process provide feedback on the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.
This information is used to determine whether to extend an employment offer.
Studio management is also involved in the hiring process and likely has final say
on who gets hired, especially when filling senior positions on the team. Studio
management will especially be involved in the case of a large studio with mul-
tiple projects, as they will assume that the candidate will roll on to other projects