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  • Interactive Selection to speak at Quo Vadis Conference April 21-23 Berlin

    Quo Vadis ConferenceDavid Smith from Interactive Selection will be accompanying Harald Riegler from Sproing to talk about “Managing your Career in the European Games Industry.” Following a set career path becomes more and more difficult as the games segment across related industries and games are made on even more different platforms. How does a student or young game developer choose which job option to take first of all? Should he or she stay with the first employer to offer a job? When does it make sense to move to another company? All employers will tell you that a managed career is important but how do you take a grip so that you can achieve what you want?

    Audience addressed: Anyone wanting to work or already working in the European games industry who is interested in growing their experience and reaching their potential on an ongoing basis.
    Takeaway: David and Harald will give practical advice on managing individual careers based on David having nearly 20 years of speaking to job seekers, advising on securing next roles in the games industry and Harald working over 20 years in game development in Austria.
    We hope to see you in the room Riga on the first floor of Café Moskau on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 14.00 – 15.00 pm.

    If you would like to meet David in Berlin, he is available to meet from Monday through to Thursday. Contact details.


    Interactive Selection write Best Practice Recruitment Guide for all of games industry.

    We are pleased to remind all hirers that the Best Practice Recruitment and Selection Guide for all of games industry was written by Interactive Selection and published by TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry. The TIGA Guide is endorsed by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The Guide, Recruitment and Selection: Best Practice Guide for Game Developers, gives practical and informed advice on hiring new staff.

    The Guide also suggests ways of encouraging the best candidates to apply for jobs, looking at examples of modern practices from mentoring to flexible working to career break schemes. Exploring methods of motivation and retention, the Guide is essential reading for developers and digital publishers looking to keep employees motivated and to attract the best talent.

    It was written by David Smith, the managing director of London-based global games recruiter Interactive Selection, who also founded the not-for-profit network Women in Games Jobs. He was assisted by Laura Hare, the head of human resources at Jagex, Geraldine Cross, head of human resources at Blitz Games and Mark Webley, the CEO of Lionhead Studios, all of whom contributed to the Guide.

    Laura Hare, Geraldine Cross and Mark Webley give expert tips on planning recruitment, the interview process, investigating work permits and visas, preparing company information packs, writing job descriptions and advertising for staff. There is a heavy emphasis on equal opportunities law with input from Osborne Clarke, including a comprehensive recruitment and selection checklist, and an in-depth look at using outside agencies.

    TIGA CEO Dr Richard Wilson said:
    “With an increasing number of development studios being formed in the UK, many will be unsure of the recruitment process and how to get the very best people to fill their positions. This guide helps to ensure they avoid any of the recruitment pitfalls, retain and respect the staff they take on and ensure that the interview process is an enjoyable and fruitful one for candidates and interviewer.

    Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said:
    “It is critical that businesses have an effective process to attract and select staff. This guide is both practical and jam packed with sensible advice. We commend it to all those games businesses who want to improve their success at hiring the best people.”

    The Guide is free to TIGA members and clients of Interactive Selection. Please contact Interactive Selection if you would like a copy.


    Interactive Selection welcomes Raffaella Carissimi to its recruiting team

    Raffaella Carissimi

    I am pleased to welcome Raffaella Carissimi to the Interactive Selection recruiting team. Raffaella has nearly 20 years of experience working in the games industry managing sales at Leader, Lago and THQ in Italy. Most recently she was MD at Blaze Europe. She is now working in London at Interactive HQ and she can be reached on  +44 208 944 7777  or raffaella AT interactiveselection DOT com. Raffaella commented. “I am very excited to be working in recruitment with Interactive Selection and I look forward to working with my old friends in the industry and look forward to working with many, many new friends.”



    Interactive Selection are again short-listed as Best Service Provider: Recruitment in 2014 TIGA Awards

    tigaawards14TIGA’s Games Industry Awards 2014 focus on the best games in the industry over the last 12 months and also highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation. Interactive Selection won the awards last year and is proud to have been short-listed again as Best Service Provider: Recruitment. We believe that Interactive Selection should win the first ever TIGA award for Best Recruitment Agency as it: 

    Supported TIGA from day 1.
    Interactive has been an affiliate member of TIGA for 14 years.

    Continues to get better.
    We won the TIGA awards last year and our service has improved significantly since 2013

    Leads industry in addressing the gender imbalance in games sector.
    Interactive created Women In Games Jobs (WIGJ), a “not for profit” that works to recruit more women into the industry. It runs a series of events including an annual conference supported by TIGA which makes a real difference to the small number of women in the industry and is starting to make a difference with a large number of men.

    Provides free recruitment advice to all TIGA members
    Interactive wrote in 2012 TIGA’s Best Practice Guide to Recruitment & Selection in the Games Industry. We also work directly for many members.

    Provides free job advertising for TIGA members.
    Interactive’s Job Board, Games Job Board powers the job board for TIGA members on the TIGA website. This is free resource for TIGA members.

    Leads professional standards amongst games recruiters.
    Interactive is a long standing member of the recruitment trade association, REC that commits members to high standards. No other games recruiter in TIGA is a member.


    Interactive pass REC Compliance Test. Shows 100% commitment to professional standards.

    REC Compliance (640x293)Congratulations! You have passed the REC’s Compliance Test. You have successfully achieved a percentage of at least 75% and have answered all the Red Flag questions, if relevant, correctly. Your score has now been recorded against your organisation record. As an REC Member you will now be required to complete the online Compliance Test every two years to demonstrate your commitment to professional standards.

    The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has introduced an online compliance test to assess an agency’s knowledge of the relevant industry legislation and the REC Code of Professional Practice (REC Code). By doing this REC can determine if new applicants for membership can become full REC members and whether existing REC members can renew and retain their membership.

    Interactive Selection passed the REC’s Compliance Test first time with a score of 100%. As a job seeker or employee, you can trust Interactive Selection to maintain professional standards.



    Catharina Lavers Mallet and Marie-Claire Isaaman Inducted into Women in Games Hall of Fame

    WIGJ-2691 (640x520)Catharina Lavers Mallet, who is Head of Studio at King in London and Marie-Claire Isaaman, who is Course Director for the BA Games Art and Design course at Norwich University of the Arts were inducted into the European Women in Games Hall of Fame at yesterday’s Interactive Selection sponsored European Women in Games Conference. The Hall of Fame was created in 2011 and is sponsored by EA. The awards were presented by Catalina Lou, Head of Publishing of EA’s Free2Play Games.
    Speaking after receiving her award Catharina said, “I’m very proud and grateful to be a part of this group which supports women working in the games industry. Thank you so much for this award and to Women in Games Jobs for organising such a useful and helpful event for women in our industry.”  Marie- Claire added,” I‘m delighted to receive this award. It’s wonderful to get recognition for the work we do at Norwich University of the Arts in nurturing and supporting talent into the games industry and I see this not only as an award for myself but for both my course team and my students.”

    Yesterday’s event which was held at London South Bank University and hosted by the university’s BA (Hons) Game Cultures degree course was a complete sell out with over 245 tickets sold. Attendees enjoyed a mix of speeches, panels, the award ceremony and the world premier screening of Boy’s Toys? a documentary film by Elke Teichmann and Eef Den Boer. David Smith, Founder of WIGJ commented “Yesterday’s conference was our best attended yet. It is very gratifying to see the conference grow year on year. The generosity of London South Bank University in supplying a first class venue meant we could peg the ticket price to an accessible level for all delegates. I would also like to thank NaturalMotion, EA, Green Man Gaming, Creative England, BAFTA, IDGA and TIGA for their support.”


    Third HR Manager Forum to take place 10th September at Elephant & Castle, London

    WIGJ HR ForumThe 3rd event for European games industry HR professionals organised by WIGJ is taking place alongside the European Women in Games Conference on 10th September. This meeting is to be chaired jointly by Anna Chamberlain of Osborne Clarke and Julia Clement of and will focus on HR Networking and Learning & Development. Tickets are on sale at

    The HR Managers Forum is designed for Human Resources professionals to network and share best practice. The last event was in Guildford on 29th May. A report on the event by Cathy Campos is at

    More feedback from the last Guildford meeting:

    • It was nice to break out into groups and share insights and ideas –  Olivia Goodman, Mind Candy
    • Very informative and a great way to network –  Yvonne Dawes, Frontier Developments
    • A great networking opportunity – Becky Glover, EA
    • Great organisation, would like to attend more events like this –  Valentina Marchetti, FGOL
    • Well organised and engaging – Ben Harrison, SEGA Europe

    Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your fellow HR professionals and, at the same time, get to attend much of the European Women in Games Conference. Reserve your tickets today at


    Second WIGJ HR Managers Forum in Guildford proves great networking success.

    Ciara Smyth KingTrust and freedom emerge as the most powerful factors in securing employee engagement.

    30 games industry HR professionals attended the second WIGJ HR Managers Forum on 29 May which was hosted by EA UK in Guildford and followed by a lunch provided by Media Molecule. Companies represented were a cross section of the industry itself with representatives from both big multinationals as well as from smaller indie start-ups attending.

    Ciara Smyth CPO of and Sara Bravery HR Manager at Media Molecule gave presentations on how they foster employee engagement in their respective organisations. While the size and culture of the two companies may have been very different both speakers, agreed that employee engagement should start with trust and freedom. Micro- management and inflexibility were seen as being the most likely way to demotivate employees.  Both speakers acknowledged that perks and the best possible working conditions do contribute to a happier work force but it was empowerment and autonomy that led to real job satisfaction. Both presentations gave the audience a fascinating insight into the respective company cultures and some useful takeaways in terms of what benefits and activities foster further employee engagement.  These ranged from working with local schools and whisking the whole company away for the day to organising regular on-site  life drawing classes and practical help with everyday life.

    The WIGJ HR Managers Forum allows HR professionals to share insights, experiences and knowledge with their peers and is expected to become a regular event.

    David Smith Founder of WIGJ and MD of Interactive Selection commented, “Our first HR Managers Forum was a breakout event at last year’s WIGJ Conference, todays HR Managers Forum was our first standalone event. The response to it has been fantastic with over 30 HR pros attending to discuss employee engagement. I’d like to thank both EA and Media Molecule for providing the venue and lunch and also thank our two speakers. The nature and demands of the games industry means that it has very specific HR requirements. A forum like this allows HR Professionals from a broad spectrum of companies to debate and discuss issues such as employee engagement which affect everyone working in the games industry.”


    How do we do it? Secrets of Interactive Selection's recruiting system revealed....

    Interactive Selection upgraded its recruiting systems to one of the world leading ATS/ CRM recruiting software solutions Bullhorn last year. The excellent system is about to be upgraded further with the long anticipated “S Release”. See what Bullhorn thinks this is going to do for our many clients and even more job seekers.


    Strategic advice from games industry experienced Non Exec Directors (NEDS)

    Interactive Selection has been approached by a number of existing and former CEO’s and MD’s of leading games companies in development, publishing and games services who wish to offer their service on a part time basis to growing games companies where their advice would be valued. Many are offering their services for free – at least on a short term basis.

    Do you know of anyone who would be interested in this service? Working as CEO or MD or in another senior role can be a lonely business and I am pleased to say that there are some in our industry with the time and inclination to help growing companies through any strategic challenges they may face.

    Interactive Selection offers this introductory service to grow the games sector. We only charge a fee if this NED role develops into a long term, commercial position. The strength of our offering in all formats – online/ web browser, mobile games and apps, cross platform casual games, console, mmo, gambling, social gaming, transmedia, serious games, games publishing, monetisation – is reflected in Interactive Selection winning the Best Service Provider Award 2013 from TIGA.

    We are also looking to add to our talent pool of Non Exec Directors willing to offer advice to growing games companies. Interested? Contact David Smith of Interactive to find out more!