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3D Animator

23 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
How do you keep up to date in changes within the animation industry?
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The interviewer would like to be assured that you have a true interest in the animation industry. Show that you spend your time getting to know the industry and educating yourself of trends, and changes. List a couple of your favorite resources and be sure to ask the interviewer about their preferences. It could be a great opportunity for you to learn!

1.
How do you keep up to date in changes within the animation industry?
The interviewer would like to be assured that you have a true interest in the animation industry. Show that you spend your time getting to know the industry and educating yourself of trends, and changes. List a couple of your favorite resources and be sure to ask the interviewer about their preferences. It could be a great opportunity for you to learn!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When it comes to keeping up to date on the animation industry, I subscribe to Animation Magazine and also AWN.com. I am very open to suggestions. What are some of your favorite sources for animation news?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My professor encouraged us to utilize a few resources for staying up to date on the animation industry, including Cartoon Brew and Disney Animation Studios. Personally, I have a few Google alerts set up so that animation news is delivered to my inbox daily. Also, I follow some of my favorite animators on social media."
2.
Why are you looking for a new animator position?
When an interviewer asks you this, make sure you always keep your answer positive. If you are leaving your position because you don't like your boss, be sure to phrase it in a more eloquent way. If you aren't sure how, remember - it's always a safe bet to focus you answer on career growth and exciting opportunities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I value growth. It's important to me that I grow in my career so I can continue to be a valuable asset to the company I'm working for. I've noticed tremendous growth in your company the past year, and that really appeals to me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My most recent position was a 6 month internship that I recently completed. I was hoping to become a permanent employee once my internship commitment was complete but unfortunately they did not have the budget to take me on full time."
3.
Can you talk to me about your GPA during undergraduate/graduate school?
Are you satisfied with your GPA or would you change it if you could? Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary experience.

If you were satisfied with your post-secondary experience: 'I graduated top of my class and am very proud of my accomplishments during University. The experience taught me to study hard and set goals for myself.'

If you were not satisfied with your post-secondary experience: 'I feel that my GPA could have been higher; however, I was working full time while attending classes. All in all, I did learn a lot about discipline and commitment.'
Rachelle's Answer #1
"Definitely! I studied hard in school and averaged a 3.5 GPA. I am very excited to now take that same diligence and apply it to my career in animation."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I graduated from university some time ago but I can assure you that my grades were top of the class at that time. I was on the deans list and also spent my spare time working as a tutor to ESL students."
4.
If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?
Show your confidence to your interviewer by explaining your willingness to be part of the team and not being afraid to pick up the slack when needed, but make sure you don’t allow someone to take advantage of you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I will always choose to be a team player. If I had a co-worker call in sick, I would take over what I was capable of. The only time I would draw the line would be if I felt I was being taken advantage of. For example, if they were purposefully being inefficient and expecting me to pick up the slack. For the sake of the company, I am always willing to go above and beyond what is expected of me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I'm happy to help the team out and work overtime as necessary. I plan to always jump at the opportunity to help."
5.
What is your current salary?
A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am a recent graduate, I would like to be offered a fair salary that reflects my recent education. I am most concerned with joining an organization that will help me to grow my career in animation. Compensation is not my primary driver."
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