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  • 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 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.



    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!


    Over 100000 watch Interactive's Game Careers and Women in Games Jobs videos on YouTube

    Over 100000 have watched Interactive Selection’s Game Careers and Women in Games Jobs videos on YouTube. You can check the full 170 uploaded videos yourself at . The first video on the channel was launched in July 2009 and is a global favourite with visitors from all over the world.  Stats reveal 24% of the viewers on average are female. No other international recruiter offers this service to prospective job seekers in the video and online games industry.


    Interactive launch dedicated In-house Recruiter Partnership Programme

    partnershipInteractive Selection is pleased to announce the  launch of its In-house Recruiter Partnership Programme designed to to help internal recruiters at games sector client companies achieve their objectives. This is a further innovation in global games recruitment practice where we seek more ways to help our registered job seekers find the best roles in the world’s leading developers.

    This dedicated programme for internal recruiters at our clients includes:

    * Free copy of our Best Practice Guide to Recruitment and Selection in the games industry, published by UK games trade association, TIGA

    *Advice on recruitment campaigns including salary levels and how best to target for certain roles from a dedicated, account managing Consultant.

    * Access to our internally generated, on-line talent pools

    This dedicated service is available for a long term, ongoing professional relationship with Interactive Selection where we are permitted to help source talent for the most sought after roles.  Our objective is to help internal recruiters find the best talent for employers in partnership with the market leading Interactive Selection in a win/ win situation. Contact David Smith to discuss this opportunity further.


    Interactive Selection welcome new entertainment industry employers seeking key staff in 2014

    Award winning Interactive SelectionAs the economic recovery continues, are you expanding your team in 2014? Hiring just one key role, quickly, can bring significant benefits.

    Make use of an award winning global recruiter like Interactive Selection with 17 years of experience in the interactive entertainment sector across all territories to find that key member of your team speedily and with the minimum of fuss. Think of the role that will bring the most benefit to the company but is the most challenging to source. This is where we make our living. With no upfront fee, it is our job to respond successfully to your critical needs.

    The strength of our offering in all formats of the entertainment space – 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 UK game developer trade association, TIGA.

    Our long term relationships with tens of thousands in our sector means that we can quickly deliver to you a selection of the most qualified applicants. Contact David Smith, MD today on david AT interactiveselection DOT com!


    Interactive Selection win TIGA Best Service Provider - Recruitment Agency Award 2013

    Tigaawards2013bInteractive Selection were proud to receive last night the inaugural TIGA Best Service Provider – Recruitment Agency Award 2013 at a star spangled awards ceremony at Pinewood Studios last night. David Smith and Adrian Garrick picked up the award on behalf of the team. Acceptance speeches were strangely not made on the night with the result that the awards finished 2 hours early. So in the absence of being able to say something on the night, David Smith comments now ” A big thank you to TIGA for recognising that recruitment agencies are integral part of the UK games sector, worthy of their own special recognition alongside other service providers like Art Suppliers, Legal and QA companies.  Thank you to the panel of 17 judges. And finally recruitment is a people business. Thank you to to full team at Interactive Selection that has worked hard over the last 17 years to provide the service that it does to game developers looking for staff and to job seekers that are often looking for a new role through no fault of their own.”

    The TIGA Business of Games categories are unique compared to other games industry awards that rightly focus on games themselves. The business of game categories highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation. Interactive Selection is proud of its innovation in the sector and the best practice that it has highlighed. Amongst the handouts for all those attending the ceremony was a copy of the TIGA Best Practice Guide: Recruitment & Selection in the Games Industry written by David Smith with contributions from other key TIGA members.


    Interactive Selection is now powered by market leading ATS and CRM recruitment software, Bullhorn

    BullhornThe choice of platforms on which to make games is critical for any games developer. The same is true of the recruitment industry. The best recruitment is carried out by people communicating with people who are looking for jobs or people who are looking to hire. There is no substitute for the human interface even though some tech companies may try and tell you otherwise. However, the underlying tech platform is an enabler which helps individual recruiters manage their relationship with individual job seekers better. It allows us to help more people, more quickly with more jobs. Games industry recruiter Interactive Selection has traded for 17 years and could not cope without tech to build and keep strong thousands of relationships moving forward.

    As part of our service to job seekers and hirers we have invested in the new state of the art, cloud based Applicant Tracking and Customer Relationship Management system, Bullhorn. Bullhorn pioneered the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for staffing and recruiting software as well as innovations in mobile, candidate search, open API access, and social recruiting. Headquartered in Boston, with offices in St. Louis, Vancouver, London, and Sydney, Bullhorn’s  recruiting CRM and social recruiting products serve more than 10,000 clients representing nearly 200,000 users. No other games industry specialist uses this software.

    Next time you speak or respond to your Interactive Selection you will probably notice no difference in what we hope will be a continued, good service. Just remember that we are continuing to invest to help enable this service moving forward.