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At Company ABC we seek to hire those who have a true passion and interest in our industry. What excites you most about what we do?

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The interviewer wants to be assured that you have a clear passion for what they do at Company ABC. You should be prepared to discuss your industry involvement or how you stay up to date on the industry's hot topics. Show the interviewer that you will be a fully engaged team member, if hired.

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32 Entertainment Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. At Company ABC we seek to hire those who have a true passion and interest in our industry. What excites you most about what we do?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to be assured that you have a clear passion for what they do at Company ABC. You should be prepared to discuss your industry involvement or how you stay up to date on the industry's hot topics. Show the interviewer that you will be a fully engaged team member, if hired.

      1st Answer Example

      "I've had a keen interest in cinema, the arts, and entertainment since I was a child. My curiosity is always present when it comes to changes and current events in this industry. I follow your company blog and keep a close eye on other industry related publications and trends from online sources."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am most excited about the opportunity to work with Company ABC because you are a leader in the market with a passion for growing your employees into industry professionals. This truly would be a dream job for me!"

  • 2. Have you been exposed to the customer experience at Company ABC? If so, tell me one highlight and one area you feel we fell short.

      How to Answer

      It's very important that you have some sort of personal experience to share with the interviewer, in regards to your exposure to Company ABC. Talk about the impression you had, and your overall customer experience. Keep your response positive, and your constructive feedback light.

      1st Answer Example

      "I have been a customer in the past and the factor that stuck out most to me was that your employees all seemed to be really happy. It made me want to work here! If I could offer any opportunity for improvement, I would say that your online experience could be a bit more streamlined for mobile users."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am a regular customer here, and my experiences have all been great. That is one of the reasons I chose to apply here! I cannot make any comments on where you have fallen short during my visits but one suggestion I do have is to make your phone directory a touch simpler for the customers who call in. Attention spans can be short, and the less options, the better."

  • 3. Company ABC has many industry competitors. Why do you want to work for us?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is looking for specific examples on why you are choosing Company ABC as opposed to any of their competitors. Choose some reasons that will include the company values, the potential growth opportunity, and the sense of pride you would feel if you were hired on with Company ABC. The last thing the interviewer would want to hear is that their opportunity does not stand out or that this is 'just any job' to you.



      1st Answer Example

      "I chose to apply to Company ABC because your industry reputation is the best of anyone in your market. Your online employee reviews are very positive as well. Through my research on Company ABC I came across a common theme of respect and strong values which I greatly appreciate. I would be very proud to work here!"

      2nd Answer Example

      "I feel that Company ABC would nurture my desire for growth and prepare me for career advancement with the appropriate training."

  • 4. We have put a lot of time and effort into creating a great workplace culture at Company ABC. How will you contribute to our positive team environment?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to be sure that you will be a strong fit for the workplace culture at Company ABC. Be prepared to give examples of the ways in which you will contribute, and fit in with, their positive team environment. You can learn more about the culture at Company ABC by researching them online, taking note of the tone in their job postings, and reading the 'About Us' and 'News' sections on their website.

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  • 5. Everybody we hire at Company ABC should have strong customer service abilities. Give me 3 words that best describe your customer service style.

      How to Answer

      Whether you have worked directly in customer service, or not, the interviewer wants to be assured that your perspective on customer services aligns well with the values at Company ABC. Be sure to research the organization's customer service attitude so that you can be prepared with answers that will resonate with the interviewer.



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  • 6. Since Company ABC has an invested interest in the entertainment industry I would love to know - what do you do for entertainment on your off time?

      How to Answer

      It's definitely okay to add a personal touch to your interview if you are asked a question like this. Show the interviewer a bit about your personality. This is a great time to give a unique answer which will make you stand out from other candidates. A lot of people will answer by saying they like to hang out with family and friends. If YOU talk about that time you went parasailing - you'll definitely be delivering a more memorable interview!



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  • 7. We think it is important to have a streamlined hiring process. How have you found the hiring process at Company ABC so far? Do you have any suggestions?

      How to Answer

      Great companies will always be looking for ways to streamline their hiring process and improve the candidate experience. You can be honest with the interviewer on your experience; however, keep your reply positive.

      If you have found the process to be slow and frustrating, you could express that by saying "I have experienced faster candidate screening processes in the past but I am sure you are doing your best with the amount of applications you receive."

      This would be a much better response than saying "Your process is very slow so I would work on fixing that."

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  • 8. We offer a multitude of career paths at Company ABC. How would you like to see your career grow with us?

      How to Answer

      An easy way to become familiar with the growth avenues available at Company ABC would be to search their online job board or Google for previous job openings. If there are any job postings that catch your eye, you should research what it would take to be qualified for the role. Display to the interviewer that you can see a long term fit with Company ABC by expressing your interest in the potential growth.



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  • 9. Why do you think that working for Company ABC will be an improvement over your current situation? Why are you looking for a new job?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to be assured that their position will be a long-term fit for you rather than just a band-aid, short term fix from your restlessness in your current job. Be careful to avoid speaking negatively about your current place of employment and focus on what Company ABC will offer you, why you're excited about their organization, and how you see a long term with with them.



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  • 10. Being the best in your industry is great but it also brings its own challenges. What do you foresee as the biggest challenge for you in this role with Company ABC?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to see that you are not just wearing rose-colored glasses, thinking this job will be perfect 100% of the time. They want to ensure that realistic expectations are set right away.



      Talk to the interviewer about a challenge you think you may face in this role. Be sure to complete your answer by also discussing how you plan to overcome that challenge! A challenge could include learning a new industry, learning a new software program, being in a customer facing role again, etc.



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  • 11. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

      How to Answer

      We all like to be recognized in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would like to be recognized for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?



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  • 12. What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are able to think outside the box, or even ask for help, when you are stuck on a complicated problem.

      Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your industry. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues or even patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need in order to find the best way to solve the problem.

      Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios.

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  • 13. Company ABC is looking for great problem solvers. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will greatly determine how you fit with their existing team.

      Perhaps your computer crashes and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.

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  • 14. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?

      How to Answer

      Most people have taken on a position that was not a fit for them in the end. It's best top openly discuss any positions that you have held that were not a fit. This will assist the interviewer in being able to properly place you within their organization. Be sure to end your answer on a positive note, discussing how you bounced back from the misstep.

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  • 15. How do you get along with others at work?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to gauge if you can maintain healthy relationships in the workplace. What are the dynamics of your working relationships? Think about what you enjoyed about some of your relationships with past coworkers. Good communication, sense of humor, and support are all great qualities that make co-worker relationships healthy.



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  • 16. How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?

      How to Answer

      One of the toughest parts of communication can be delivering bad news to people that you work with and care about. Whether it is delivering a less than positive work review or terminating someone - it doesn't come easy. Assure the interviewer that you are able to handle this type of task in a clear, concise, and professional manner.



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  • 17. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?

      How to Answer

      Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of environments that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the type of environment that is offered in this position prior to the interview.



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

      How to Answer

      Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace.

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  • 19. What was the most difficult part about your training or education?

      How to Answer

      Share a challenge you experienced in one of your classes or training courses. Maybe the class was difficult because it wasn't one of your strengths. Math and science courses might be tricky for you or maybe the professor was real challenge. Focus on what you did to overcome it, rather than placing your attention on the issue.

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  • 20. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.



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  • 21. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

      How to Answer

      Often times we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last in an act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully leave a task for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question clearly.



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  • 22. Stressful situations can arise at Company ABC. How do you handle stress?

      How to Answer

      Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

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  • 23. Tell me about your experience in this field.

      How to Answer

      It is very important to become acquainted with the job description prior to your interview. When the interviewer asks this question be sure to highlight the related experience that you bring.

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  • 24. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?

      How to Answer

      Do you feel that you are a very honest person or do you have room for growth? This could be a tricky question as nobody is always 100% honest. Answer to the best of your ability and back your reply by speaking about your personal ethics.



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  • 25. Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

      How to Answer

      In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself).



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  • 26. What has made you ready for this responsibility with Company ABC?

      How to Answer

      Discuss with the interviewer all of the things you have done to prepare you for this particular opportunity.

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  • 27. What is your definition of hard work?

      How to Answer

      Hard work and dedication can be interpreted differently by everyone. To one person, another person's hard work could seem like slacking. Talk to the interviewer about how you interpret a hard day's work.



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  • 28. How can we motivate you on the job?

      How to Answer

      Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

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  • 29. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

      How to Answer

      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 questions will give them a good idea of your level of experience, seniority, and ability to handle the decision making requirements in this potential position.

      If the job you are interviewing for requires you to be decisive and quick on your feet, you will need to be able to provide examples of how you have done these things in the past. If you worked in tech support, you were faced with problems that you needed to find solutions for on a regular basis. If you worked as a sales rep, you may have needed to know how to negotiate and make decisions on prices and benefits you can give your customers.

      You may have been faced with decisions that became so routine you didn't think twice! Refer to these types of decisions and be sure to highlight how these types of decisions have prepared you for a role like this one.

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  • 30. How competitive are you?

      How to Answer

      Being a competitive person is a great thing if you are appropriately competitive in the workplace. Assure the interviewer that you have a great competitive edge when necessary but are still able to balance that competition in a healthy way.



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  • 31. How do you deal with a coworker when they stand in the way of your progress at work?

      How to Answer

      Even some of the best coworkers who are hard-working and entertaining can distract you from getting things done at work. Let's be honest, the funny and entertaining coworkers who like to chat online and send you YouTube videos are often the ones who can get in the way of your productivity. This question gives you a chance to talk about how you set healthy boundaries at work. It can be a difficult task, but you can handle it! Show off your ability to listen and communicate what you need from your coworkers, especially when you need space!

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  • 32. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.



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