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Have you progressed in your film career as you have expected?

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  1. 1.

    Have you progressed in your film career as you have expected?

      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Avoid any sob stories with the interviewer. If it shows in your resume, one or two odd career decisions you have made, admit to those mistakes and describe how you have learned from those decisions.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my career exactly where it should be."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have worked for a smaller film producer for the past five years so I would say that my career has not been as fast-moving as it may have had I worked for a larger organization. With that said, the smaller environment offered me more opportunity to take the reigns on projects and gave me further face to face exposure to the agency's daily operations."

  2. 2.

    What are your salary expectations?

      A question like this will give the interviewer a solid idea of what you are hoping to earn. When you change positions, you want to see an increase in wage. Most interviewees will typically aim for a 7-15% increase for each time they change jobs. This range offers room for negotiations with the new company. This percentage increase reflects economic inflation, the unique skills you bring to the table from the last time you joined an organization, and growth in responsibilities.

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example if you are comfortable doing so. If this makes you uncomfortable, do give as many indicators as you can. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

      If you are newer to your career, or the area, and are unsure of what a fair ask may be, there are many reliable salary calculators available online.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year, and I would like to earn slightly higher in my next position, as I have additional certifications since my last salary negotiation took place."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $85K, and I'd like to earn above that in my next position, to reflect the MBA I recently acquired."

  3. 3.

    Would you consider yourself a creative person?

      Talk to the interviewer about any interest that you have in creative activities and how you have implemented your creative desires in the workplace. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a 'creative person,' there is a significant chance that you have made creative minded decisions in your career.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am someone who alternates back and forth with the right/left brain, but I will always consider myself a very creative person. I admire the creativity and original thinking in film and arts."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "That's an interesting question for me because I have never considered myself creative in the traditional sense of being artistic. I am, however, a very creative individual when it comes to new ways to motivate my team."

  4. 4.

    Do you have a well-established network of contacts in the film and television industry? If so, how did you go about building this network?

      The hiring authority at PolyBona Films wants to see that you are actively involved in pursuing a healthy and well-networked career within the film and entertainment industry. Discuss what you do to network, to get your name 'out there' and to meet new and exciting people. Show that you are social and interested in building a life-long career within media and entertainment.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have been in the film and entertainment industry for eight years now and make a point to attend at least a couple of industry events every month. It's my nature to open up a conversation with people new to me, as I am curious about their career path and their connections. The first gig I ever landed in the industry was through networking, so I am a big believer in the impact of building a robust network."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was able to get my foot in the door for this interview at PolyBona Films by letting people in my network know that I was seeking out new opportunities. It certainly helps to have a secure network when passively seeking new career paths. I build my network by nurturing relationships through trust, connecting regularly, and staying involved in events throughout the year."

  5. 5.

    Walk me through your experience with department management, studio clients and vendors.

      The purpose of this question is to uncover whether you are experienced with cross-collaboration when it comes to other internal departments, clients, and vendors on which PolyBona Films would rely. Talk about the groups and people that you collaborate with regularly, in your current role.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role, I will collaborate with a variety of groups every single day. One day I may be working with the social media creatives and the human resources department, while also juggling multiple talent agents. The next day, I could be collaborating with a whole other group. I enjoy the challenge and the variety in communication that comes with working in this type of environment."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a recent graduate, my experience working in cross-collaborative environments is limited to my educational experience. While attending university, I worked with people of all personality types, needs, and approaches to work. I can pivot when needed, and can work with a variety of groups such as multiple PolyBona Film departments, clients, and vendors."

  6. 6.

    Walk me through your experience working alongside other network departments including Marketing, Press, Research, Digital, and Social.

      PolyBona Films is all about collaboration, and the hiring authority wants to know that you are, too! Think about a project or two, where you worked closely with co-workers from other departments. Talk to the interviewer about the types of people you worked alongside (job titles, seniority, etc.) and then point out what you learned. Be sure to reference the fact that collaboration is something that you enjoy.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role, I work with the department heads and other senior management in the Digital and Social Networking department. I also work alongside many content writers, who often vary, depending on the style or nature of the work. For the most part, the projects are for digital video campaigns for social media platforms. I believe that cross-departmental collaboration, when done right, is what can set a company apart from its competition. When all creative minds work together as one, incredible things can happen!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a recent graduate, the bulk of my cross-collaboration is with other students, groups within my university, or one-on-one project partnerships. I enjoy collaboration as it allows people to pass ideas around, working together on one important goal. I look forward to working with the various departments within PolyBona Films and getting to know a few of your teams!"

  7. 7.

    Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?

      Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. (IE: a bus driver should not find driving to be the most stressful part of the job).

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I currently have a couple of delinquent team members who are on the brink of termination. I have tried to save them a few times, but now the HR department has become involved. I never like to see people leave, but you cannot force others to have a strong work ethic. The turnover in our plant is currently my biggest stressor."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The part of my career that brings me the most stress is when the schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part. I like to be on time with my schedule to ensure that my projects are taken care of."

  8. 8.

    What challenges are you looking for in a position?

      A perfect employment fit needs to go both ways. Just like PolyBona Films needs to know that they like you, they want to see that you love them back! Mention a few of the challenges that you are looking for in your next position and be sure to tie them into the duties and responsibilities mentioned in the job posting.

      A challenge you may be looking for could be:

      - Learning a new software program
      - Leading a bigger team than you currently do
      - Working with larger budgets
      - Working on more prominent projects
      - Stepping into your first leadership role

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For the past six years I have worked for a wonderful film agency with great projects and opportunities; however, I now have bigger fish to fry! I want to take on a larger project base with a more significant marketing budget. I know that your company will be able to offer this challenge, and I look forward to growing my media and film career with PolyBona Films."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have been an administrative assistant for some time now, and look forward to stepping into this challenging Executive Assistant opportunity with PolyBona Films. This job will be the most senior executive role that I have supported, and I am thrilled to be able to concentrate my time on making their work life easier, streamlining a variety of processes, and organizing their day."

  9. 9.

    What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of decisions you are accustomed to making in the workplace. The way you answer this question will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision-making requirements in this possible position.

      PolyBona Films requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet so you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. In previous roles, you may have faced decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these decisions and be sure to highlight how they have prepared you for a role like this one.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "On a day-to-day level, in my most recent role, I focused on prioritization of prospects, and delegation of tasks. The higher-level decisions I made were regarding the hiring and training of new hires. I also had a large influence on employee terminations. I feel that these two sets of responsibilities have positioned me well for this role, and I look forward to continuing to leveraging my experience while learning from the more seasoned members at PolyBona Films."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was responsible for planning the content calendar which included emails, blog post topics, and timing, social media posts, in addition to actually executing the plans. That means everything from creating a copy, to choosing images, and the like."

  10. 10.

    PolyBona Films strives to be first in all we do. How do you stay ahead in the latest television trends?

      In the media and film industry, it's imperative that you remain up to date on trends. Being up to date means not only knowing what's happening 'in the now' but also what's coming down the pipe. Talk to the interviewer about how you remain ahead of the latest trends in the industry. Examples could include helpful blogs, podcasts, industry events, or continuing education opportunities. Be sure to express the fact that staying on trend is very important to you.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "It's vital that I remain on trend, and even ahead of the curve when it comes to what's happening in film and television. To remain ahead of trends, I set up Google alerts with particular keywords. This set up allows me to read articles in real-time, allowing me to research new happenings very quickly and efficiently."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am very involved in a few film and television industry associations, allowing me to keep my network healthy. This robust network means that I will often hear about happenings before they become official public news. I also rely on continued education, whether it be workshops offered by my employer, independent industry events, and online courses."

  11. 11.

    Have you ever had to pitch an idea? If so, how was your presentation received?

      If you are new to your career in film, the idea of pitching may make you feel weak in the knees. If you have the experience, you may still feel the nerves but are calmed by the knowledge that you have nailed the formula of a compelling presentation.

      Wherever you are in your career, the interviewer would like to know if you will enter this role, ready to pitch excellent ideas to PolyBona Film executives or even to internal departments. Be sure to touch on the fact that you are confident, creative, and persuasive by nature.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have pitched ideas numerous times in my career; whether it be for television shows, film ideas, digital marketing methods, or social media campaigns. I believe that part of what makes me so valuable to my employer is my ability to jump into any meeting with confidence and present my ideas with enthusiasm."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am newer to my career; however, I gained a lot of experience in presenting and delivering pitches while attending post-secondary education. What I learned in University is that with some research, robust data, and a dash of creativity, I can pitch anything, as long as I have the right framework in place. I recently completed a course by Oren Klaff on Pitch Mastery, which I believe will benefit PolyBona Films greatly when it comes to my future involvement in pitch meetings."

  12. 12.

    Have you ever managed or helped with a content budget? If so, what type of budgets are you accustomed to working with?

      Before your interview, take some time to gather data related to the budgets you have worked with, and the times when you have come in under budget. This way, you will be prepared with specifics when asked about your budgetary experience.

      The interviewer wants to see that you have great insight when it comes to being budget conscious. Appropriate planning is one of the keys to a successful project, so be sure to discuss the steps that you take to plan a project's dollar spend carefully.

      Every dollar counts, even if you are working for a large company like PolyBona Films! If you do not have experience in budget management, refer to the fact that you are responsible and resourceful.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Most of the budgets that I have worked within spread amongst a variety of digital production and creative costs. I have worked on budgets as small as $5,000 and as large as $15M. No matter the size of the budget, it's incredibly important to treat every dollar as though it's my own; being wisely allocated and accounted for."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although my experience does not yet include budget management, I have made recommendations on cost savings when it comes to content writing, video production, and talent acquisition. I feel that with the right training, and some more work experience, I will be ready to assist with content budgeting in no time."

  13. 13.

    If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?

      The interviewer is hoping that your coworkers will describe you positively and uniquely. The hiring authority wants to know that you can honestly say that your co-workers enjoy collaborating with you! Select a few positive and unique keywords that genuinely define your work ethic, but also position you as a stand-out candidate.

      Some great words to use:

      - Encouraging
      - Helpful
      - Engaged
      - Positive
      - Hard-working
      - Punctual
      - Reliable
      - Adaptable
      - Compassionate
      - Exuberant
      - Intuitive
      - Persistent

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that my coworkers would describe me as curious, confident, and creative! I put a lot of effort into my work and always want my projects to be a perfect end product. I conduct a great deal of research into new marketing trends to ensure that I am delivering the best, most up-to-date solutions for my projects."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I know that my coworkers respect my work ethic. If I had to guess how they perceive me, I think they would say that I am a reliable person, an encouraging coworker, and someone always willing to learn a new skill."

  14. 14.

    What steps do you take to solve a problem?

      The interviewer would like to know that you understand the importance of taking calculated steps when problem-solving in the workplace. Most candidates want to sound like go-getters, and their first instinct would be to say that they jump right in. Jumping right in can cause costly mistakes and oversights. Assure the interviewer that you will workshop the issue before diving in!

      Here are some steps to take:

      1. Identify The Problem. Proper problem solving involves ensuring that you are very clear on the nature of the problem. Be sure that you fully understand the core of the problem before trying to repair it.

      2. Identify The Stakeholders. Ask yourself, what the best case resolution will be for all stakeholders, not just for yourself. Ask yourself what is best for the company, your coworkers, and your clients.

      3. List Your Options. The third step is to figure out what your options are when it comes to your course of action. Write them down if you need to.

      4. Evaluate Your Options. Take a look at your list of possible actions and see if you can solve the problem using just one, or a blend of them.

      5. Execute! Finally, execute your well-researched action plan. Be sure to set up a follow-up time to ensure that your solution worked.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My current company is very team-focused, and we train everyone to problem-solve with 'what is best for team morale' being the question at hand. I have been with the company for twelve years so most problems I have a pretty clear idea of what will work for us, but when I need to workshop an idea, I will call in my team and have a brainstorm session."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I need to solve a problem, I first stop to ensure that I understand the issue at hand. Once I do, I will think of potential fixes and the pros and cons of each. Whichever solution or a blend of solutions is best for the customer; I will choose that option."

  15. 15.

    On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your performance in your most recent position?

      Do you feel that you are always the highest performing employee, or do you have room for growth? This question could be a tricky one as nobody shows up 100% at all times. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your work ethic and how you ensure your performance goes above and beyond expectations.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I put a heavy focus on performance and exceeding expectations in the workplace, as well as in my personal life. Because I strive for a hearty performance daily, I will rate myself as a 9/10. My values are solid; however, there is always room for improvement."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I value work ethic and the delivery of solid performance more than anything. For that reason, I would rate myself as a 9/10 when it comes to performance effort because I always do what I can to deliver. I do still want to learn; however."

  16. 16.

    Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study to improve your work performance.

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  17. 17.

    Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

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  18. 18.

    How do you handle working under very close supervision?

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  19. 19.

    When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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  20. 20.

    Do you have any direct experience working with talent?

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  21. 21.

    Name for me one effective method for driving audience engagement in the film and television industry.

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  22. 22.

    How do you transition between the creative and analytical sides of the film industry?

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  23. 23.

    At PolyBona Films you will be handling multiple projects at a time. When have you nearly missed a production timeline due to disorganization?

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  24. 24.

    In your opinion, what is the most influential form of media today?

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  25. 25.

    What are your thoughts on the way Americanmedia is rated for the public (IE: PG, 14A, NR, Mature)?

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  26. 26.

    Film marketing efforts are continually changing. What is your favorite film marketing approach right now?

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  27. 27.

    What has been the best short-form content project you have worked on this year?

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  28. 28.

    What are your 3 favorite forms of entertainment?

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  29. 29.

    How do you establish relationships with the creative community in our area?

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  30. 30.

    The film industry has many tight deadlines. How do you manage your time, ensuring that your deadlines are met?

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