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23 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What do you know about our company culture?

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1.

What do you know about our company culture?

Company culture and fit is a very important factor when considering a career move. Assure the interviewer that you have put thought, research, and consideration into how the company culture will work for you.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have researched your company through your social media channels, and on glassdoor.com. Your employees have really great things to say and overall it seems that you have fun while you work. I am looking forward to joining an organization, like yours, that is upbeat and thoughtful with an eye on helping the community at the same time."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I read many positive reviews online about your organization and company culture. You offer great incentives to keep people motivated and it seems to be the type of fast paced environment that values innovation and performance. My type of place!"

2.

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."

3.

How do you handle a larger than average workload?

The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position, and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a low priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I am able to focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload:

- List your tasks and prioritize them
- Think of which tasks add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!)
- Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself
- Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with
- Take sufficient breaks so you do not exhaust yourself
- Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team"

4.

Why do you want a career as a 3D Animator?

The interviewer would like to understand the driving force behind your career goals as a 3D Animator. When your employer understands why you want this career, they will better understand how to motivate you on the job. Explain what pushes you to be the best you can be, in this line of work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Since I was young, my dream was to be an animator. The stories that I can tell through my craft and art are therapeutic to me, and I have a lot of fun at the same time."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"My recent degree is focused primarily on digital animation. I am eager to start working in my area of educational specialty. The creative component of your 3D Animator position is very exciting and I look forward to learning from your experienced team."

5.

How can we motivate you on the job?

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.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position we have a leader board and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition in me as well."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Here are some ways that an employer may try to motivate you. Which ones resonate most with you?

- Incentive programs where points are earned
- Showing complete trust in your work and performance
- Setting smaller, more achievable goals
- Helping you to find your greater career purpose
- Being a positive example to you
- Maintaining an open and transparent workplace
- Personalized incentives vs. Team driven incentives
- Getting to know you on a personal level
- Positive feedback based rewards system
- Offering a strong work/life balance by encouraging time off
- Letting you know your voice matters
- Allowing you to take the lead on projects that excite you
- Handing out big picture projects so you feel that you are contributing to the company's future
- Public recognition"

6.

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

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.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"When I am faced with a complicated problem, I will look to the resources that my current company has provided me. The answer is almost always in there. If it's more of a moral dilemma vs. a knowledge based dilemma, I will ask my supervisor for his thoughts and opinion since I value him as a mentor and expert in our industry."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"If there's a complicated problem, I'll write out what I think the possible solutions would be, and make note of what my gut tells me to do. Then, I will weigh those potential solutions against one another and list the complications that may arise as a result of each choice."

7.

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."

8.

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."

9.

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."

10.

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."

11.

What are the top qualities would you bring to our company?

There are some things that your resume cannot do. Showing off your great personality is one of them! Talk to the interviewer about some of your unique qualities and be sure to tie these qualities into how they will benefit the company, should they hire you.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have a unique ability to strike up conversation and build rapport with nearly anyone. This is a great help when it comes to getting to know our clients. The better I understand my clients' personality, the better work I am able to deliver."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Here are some qualities you could mention:

- Strong communicator
- Honest and trustworthy
- Reliable and diligent
- Specific technical skill or competency
- Flexibility in your schedule
- Persistence
- Interest in continued training
- Loyal and focused"

12.

Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?

This question challenges you to think about how you act as a leader in your daily life. Even if you're not leading a team, you can still demonstrate the qualities of a leader!

Give an example of how you coached a coworker who was having difficulty preparing for a big presentation. Maybe you gave them confidence in their strengths by encouraging them, or maybe you offered some helpful hints. You can be a motivator and a positive communicator in any situation at work!

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I naturally take on a leader and mentor-ship type of role with my co-workers. In one instance, I had a new coworker who was having some troubles fitting in. I took her out for lunch and talked to her a bit about the workplace culture and semantics surrounding the various departments. I really wanted her to stay and enjoy her employment with us so I took the responsibility of ensuring she was settling in well. I believe there are always opportunities for leadership - you just have to keep your eyes open!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I try to. I always strive to set a good example to my peers and take charge when needed."

13.

Tell me about a time when you worked with a person who did things very differently than you. How did you get the job done?

These situations seem to happen often in the workplace since everyone's work style is a bit unique. Maybe you are organized, and you had to work with someone who is not organized. Perhaps you are a 'big picture' thinker, and you had to work with someone who micromanaged the details. Maybe you are a technology whiz, and you had to work with someone who likes to do things with paper and pen.

Start by discussing the project you were working on and the ways your work styles differed from each other. Explain how you came to a mutual consensus on how to conquer the project. Show the interviewer that you are capable of giving merit to other working styles, even if they do not match your own.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"My co-worker and I approach deadlines differently, and that is okay. I prefer mapping out the situation and putting myself on a timeline whereas she prefers to just jump right into the task. We have found a good balance of our two working styles after discussing our differences. On our last project, we agreed to split the tasks up and come together at the end of each day to put the pieces together. We have also agreed to keep the lines of communication open throughout the day. As different as we are from each other, we both agree that so long as we get to the end goal together, it doesn't always matter how we got there."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I recently worked with a peer that had a very different work style in terms of how they organized and prioritized work. I approach work by scheduling meetings in advance and having a list of items to review to make the most of that time together. My peer was rarely prepared for the sessions, spent a great deal of time talking about personal items and operated in reaction mode to many situations. I took it upon myself to speak to that person about our different styles and come to an agreement how we could work best together. I am open to working with all types of people and welcome challenges with a smile!"

14.

How do you react when a deadline changes?

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

Rachelle's Answer #1

"Experiencing a deadline change is always a bit scary, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major deadline change I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and create a plan of action. Then, I get to work!"

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Deadline changes always happen for a reason and they do not affect me emotionally in the least. I am a very pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite the challenges that come my way."

15.

What single project in your portfolio do you consider the most significant?

The interviewer would like to know which project you feel is the most significant in your career, so far. This could be the biggest project you worked on, the most complicated project, or one that was closest to your heart. Briefly describe why you are proud of this particular piece of work, and then be prepared to show your work.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The most significant project in my portfolio is the project I worked on with (Client ABC). It is by far the largest project in my work history. The deadlines were tight, the details were complicated, and the budget was vast."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I have a few projects from my school portfolio that I look forward to showing you. I would say that the one project I consider to be most significant would be the final project I had for my character development course. I received the top grade in the class so I am especially proud of that work."

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Interview Questions

  1. What do you know about our company culture?
  2. How do you keep up to date in changes within the animation industry?
  3. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  4. Why do you want a career as a 3D Animator?
  5. How can we motivate you on the job?
  6. What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
  7. 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?
  8. Why are you looking for a new animator position?
  9. Can you talk to me about your GPA during undergraduate/graduate school?
  10. What is your current salary?
  11. What are the top qualities would you bring to our company?
  12. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
  13. Tell me about a time when you worked with a person who did things very differently than you. How did you get the job done?
  14. How do you react when a deadline changes?
  15. What single project in your portfolio do you consider the most significant?
  16. What would you change about yourself to make you a better 3D animator?
  17. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  18. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
  19. What questions do you have for me?
  20. How often do you take work home with you?
  21. Tell me about your greatest accomplishment as a 3D animator.
  22. How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
  23. What are your strengths?
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