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Top 25 Animator Interview Questions

As an animator, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 2 of 25
What are you doing to keep current in animation technology?
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"I am always interested in knowing what new updates are coming up in my profession. This is a must-do professional move as it gives me an edge over others in the industry. I regularly sign up for animation webinars and global conferences. Also, I am a contributing member of a LinkedIn community for animators."
An employee who keeps himself updated with current technology is always considered to be an asset for an organization. Discuss any industry related or tech-focused events you attend, what websites you regularly visit for industry trends, and which animation networks you may be a part of. For technical roles, if you post/contribute to GitHub or similar forums be prepared to show your user stats, code published, etc.
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"Currently, I decided to join a local network for up and coming animators. It's been a great resource for me. I am also taking some creative writing courses so that I can post better content and articles on my animation blog which is about my life as an up and coming animator. If you have any suggestions for resources, I would love to learn about them!"
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"I am a regular contributor to a popular animation forum which has positioned me as an expert in tech changes and trends in our industry. To keep up with this, and to stay abreast of new topics, I use a variety of resources including the 11 Second Club, and iAnimate.com."
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Question 3 of 25
What animator do you admire the most?
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"I admire Dr. Seuss the most because his work in animation has been timeless. You know a great animator when even those outside of the industry can instantly recognize and name the work. I aspire to be this timeless one day."
Depending on your area of focus, your answer could go as far back as the earliest animators (Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones). If your career is in gaming, online content, video, movies, etc., additional knowledge of the industry-specific mavericks will be good for you to know.
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"I have learned a great deal about Chuck Jones while attending university. Although his name is not as well known, his work is timeless and will be with us forever. His work with Warner Bros. Cartoons will always be taught in universities. He directed classics like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck- all work that I know even my kids will enjoy one day."
Experienced Example
"I most admire Walt Disney. His story is incredibly encouraging, and I look to his classic work for inspiration on a regular basis. I especially appreciate that he did not limit himself only as an animator. He also thrived as an entrepreneur, producer, and voice actor."
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Question 4 of 25
What are your career goals as an animator?
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"I enjoy creating animations and want to grow from a freelance animator to a full-time staff animator. I believe your organization would be the perfect fit for me during this transition from freelance since you have supported many other professionals through similar transitions."
Everyone has some dream or aspirations on where their career could go. When you think about the future, what comes to mind? Openly share with the interviewer where you'd like to see your job take you. Be sure to include how you feel this particular company would fit in with those specific aspirations.
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"By working for this company I want to polish my skills in 3D animation and someday be able to teach your recruits the art of 3D!"
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"I have some pretty lofty career aspirations, and after researching your organization and learning more about this position, I feel that this role fits with my future aspirations. I would love to see myself promoted based on my hard work and results, eventually managing my own animation division."
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Question 5 of 25
Why did you chose a career as an animator?
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Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
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When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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Question 9 of 25
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 10 of 25
How often do you take work home with you?
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Question 11 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 12 of 25
What is your current salary?
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Question 13 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 14 of 25
Animators often need to work long hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you get along with others at work?
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Question 16 of 25
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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Question 17 of 25
Why are you the best animator for us?
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Question 18 of 25
What animation methods are you most familiar with?
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Question 19 of 25
What is your favorite advancement in animation over the past 5 years?
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Question 20 of 25
Tell me about your animation education. What was your best course? Which course did you struggle with the most.
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Question 21 of 25
What steps are you currently taking to improve your knowledge and skill as an animator?
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Question 22 of 25
If you had not pursued a career in animation, what would you have chosen instead?
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Question 23 of 25
Which animation programs are you best versed in?
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
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Question 1 of 25
As an animator, what do you believe is your best asset?
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I am very active in sports, and therefore pretty in tune with my body and knowing how it moves and what happens to the body as it moves around in space.
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I always willing to learn so I think this is not only my best asset but every animator best asset.
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Timing and smooth motion.
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The love I put into my work.
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I am good artist and trained in traditional animation.
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My best asset would have to be my ability to come up with concepts quickly and to refine them into potential projects.
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My attention to detail and careful problem solving. I feel with enough concentration and good use of reference I can create an animation that can really speak with audiences. Conveying emotion and life to a character is of utmost importance to me.
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I believe my best asset is being able to work quickly on projects.
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The ability to learn really quickly. I can pick up on workflow and software with one run through of the process.
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I believe in my best work for Quest DVD animation.
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I can animate in various type of application softwares..
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I really check that the movement makes sense, and subtle details.
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Storytelling, and being a creative director.
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Self confidence and motivation good presentation and final outputs.
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Pay attention to detail, fast at prototyping, creative mind, very skilled.
Question 2 of 25
What are you doing to keep current in animation technology?
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I am studying animation at university.
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Let us witness the advancement of technology.
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See what other yt animators are using.
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I take courses in digital tutors and online videos.
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I frequently visit the internet, and I occasionally check to see what new technology is available.
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I follow multiple subscriptions online that I check daily for any software news and receive emails from companies responsible for many useful software tools such as Autodesk, Harmony, and Adobe.
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Taking extra curricular animation courses to stay up to date.
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What I am doing is trying to use public technology (like in the library or school) and testing how it could affect my art style.
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Linda. Com and trial versions of software, like harmony.
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Practice and buy some art books~
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I constantly read market specific magazines and online resources.
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I am currently keep doing in flash.
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I take online tutorial in animation.
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Why do you think you are suitable for this job.
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I follow the latest in gaming technology, including updates to ValveVR, Steam, Xbox, and Sony.
Question 3 of 25
What animator do you admire the most?
Question 4 of 25
What are your career goals as an animator?
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To b an integral part of a feature film animation.
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Become the master of all.
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To have a secure creative job that I love.
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Definately I want to become a good animator and want to explore new thing and different styles of animation so I want to keep exploring this amazing art called animation.
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My goal is to have a steady job either as a character designer or a character animator. After that, maybe I could develop my own story with my own characters.
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To make a fun and loving movie.
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Create more interesting animation.
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To become one of the final fantasy animating team.
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To be a part of best animation team in the world.
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My career goals are to work on a production team an a character designer or storyboard artist.
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My career goals is to be a professional animator and have my art work recognized.
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Become really skilled at my craft, and work on creative projects with creative people. I would like to draw more, so storyboarding is an area I might like to try.
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I want to own my own animation and game design studio, and make my own animated films and games.
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I want to achieve feature quality animation and be a good storyteller within animation.
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I never really thought out what I want to do in the animation field, but if it is possible I would like to learn as much as I can and hope to share amazing animations that can change someones life. Like some of the animated movies have changed me into the person I am today.
Question 5 of 25
Why did you chose a career as an animator?
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Because I want a job that makes me happy.
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Create more creative animation, to relax every viewer stress.
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I love my imagination & animation is the only way that I can live my imagination. I never wanted to grow up. So by animation's help I can still be kid.
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I can't see doing anything else. I love the hight of making something move, and how satisfyiong that is. I love to draw, and I would like to contribute to a project to get it up on screen.
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Its my childhood dream to became as a gamer and animator.
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Just I love it, visualization is one of the important thing in now days for technical word.
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As demonstrated in my interest in customer service, I love communication, and I love knowing that I have made an impact on an audience. Animation provides gateways for both. My work in Lupus Chick proved animation could positively benefit a persons life, and I would love to continue my career and see more of this. But I also love providing entertainment. Communication and entertainment have one thing in common, and that is making people feel emotional; hopefully, mostly happy emotions. 2by2 Gaming can provide that for me as a workplace, and I know I can provide 2by2 Gaming with the product they need to achieve a positive impact on their audience.
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Because I think I like well love this feild and the thing which we love we give our 100 %
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I feel I have a talent for it. I am always in a state of observation and I will be learning new things until my last days. It's a job I am good at.
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Because I'm fascinated with the way animator put their time and patience into their work.
Question 6 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
Question 7 of 25
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
Question 8 of 25
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
Question 9 of 25
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
Question 10 of 25
How often do you take work home with you?
Question 11 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Question 12 of 25
What is your current salary?
Question 13 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
Question 14 of 25
Animators often need to work long hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
Question 15 of 25
How do you get along with others at work?
Question 16 of 25
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
Question 17 of 25
Why are you the best animator for us?
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Because I will bring a passion for animation and what im working on. I will work as hard as I possibly can to achieve the best looking animation.
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Because I am experienced and open minded.
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I am a fast learner,I can create more creative animation.
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I will be one of the most determined type of workers to work on a project.
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I know the tools, and I love to pick up tricks. I also tend to gravitate towards cartoony projects, and rick and morty is that style. I am versitile in my work, and can aclimatize to any style.
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Its my pleasure we can say or my interview or qualification.
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I am a skilled animator in my field, fast at creating animations and learning new software. Taking feedback very well, easy to work with.
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My ideas are belong from new technologies and from user recommendation, becozz end user requirement is very important for us.
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I have a good sense of timing and posing. I
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I believe that 2 by 2 Gaming has similar goals as I do for their animators. As a librarian I was excited to change peoples lives, and impact them on a daily basis. As an animator at 2 by 2 Gaming, I believe I can bring that same passion to your studio by working to impact players, and get them to come back for more. I've proven with my work at Northern Spark that my art is compelling enough for people to invest their time in finding out more.
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Well I am not the best but I will work hard and become one.
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I am not the best, I may never be. But I aim to be a great animator and storyteller. My ideas and visions will make it into the industry. It's just a matter of if you want to teach me anything new before I flourish.
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My works shows that im the best animator for you or not.
Question 18 of 25
What animation methods are you most familiar with?
User-Submitted Answers
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Photoshop, After Effects, Flash and editing software, a bit of Maya.
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To observe everything in my life.
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Cartoony, for sure. Warner brothers is the best example. I like rubbery, but I haven't had the opportunity to do john k type style. I love redrawing a pose that is super wacky.
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Motion tracking, lighting, background effects.
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I am most familiar with Photoshop animation. It is a unwieldly, and unopopular animation style, but it I have found it very useful for practicing animated illustrations. It also gave me patience when working in other mediums such as with Maya. I prefer a key frame/pose by pose style, where I draw/pose the key frames first, and try to get the timing and acting right first. Then I work on arcs and so forth.
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I try to be familiar with all of them. The basics dealing with movement, and the simple rules that have to do with staging and direction leading whoever is watching.
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Stop motion, line art, paper, cutout, 3d etc.
Question 19 of 25
What is your favorite advancement in animation over the past 5 years?
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My favourite advancement in animation over the past 5 years would be just learning it and be able to create pieces.
Question 20 of 25
Tell me about your animation education. What was your best course? Which course did you struggle with the most.
Question 21 of 25
What steps are you currently taking to improve your knowledge and skill as an animator?
Question 22 of 25
If you had not pursued a career in animation, what would you have chosen instead?
Question 23 of 25
Which animation programs are you best versed in?
Question 24 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
Question 25 of 25
What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?

About Animator

June 18th, 2017

Animators are highly skilled and talented professionals who make still images come to life on screen. They may make on animations for commercials and computer games to pop videos and full-length movies. To be successful in this highly competitive field, animators must be artistic and creative and must have outstanding drawing skills. They must be interested in art and design and be able to stay focused for extended periods of time.
Criteria for getting hired may vary from one organization to another, depending on the work they are involved in. Completing a degree in Visual Arts, Computer Animation, or any related field will boost your employment prospects tremendously. Completing an internship is always a good idea as it allows you to watch an expert animator in action and pick up some invaluable tips.
The best way to demonstrate your skills as an animator to prospective employers is by putting together a portfolio containing some of your best work. Carry it along to your interview and show your animation work to your interviewer. At Mock Questions, you will find a long list of potential questions you are likely to be asked at your interview. Going through these questions and thinking about how you reply is a great way to practice for your upcoming interview.

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