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Animator Interview Questions

25 Animator Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
As an animator, what do you believe is your best asset?
How to Answer
Animation has a wide variety of areas in which you can specialize. This question offers an excellent opportunity to discuss your specialty or any areas of expertise. If you are a facial animator, indicate that, for instance.

Answer Example
"Apart from all the skills I learned during my training to become an animator, my creativity is my best asset. There will be many others who may possess the knowledge of the programs and methods I use to create my animations but what others may not have is my creative eye and attention to detail, which sets my work above par."
Entry Level Example
"My best asset is my ability to see the big picture. I create the larger picture first, when working on a project, and then work my way into the more finite details."
Experienced Example
"At the beginning of my career, I spent a great deal of time working as a freelance animator. This experience made me incredibly strong in the area of time-management and diligence. If I did not meet a deadline, I was not paid, so it was essential for me to be diligent and organized."
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Question 2 of 25
What are you doing to keep current in animation technology?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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!"
Experienced Example
"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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How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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!"
Experienced Example
"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
Tell me about yourself.
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When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question offers an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

Answer Example
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful sales career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Entry Level Example
"I am a very active individual who loves to workout and goes to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my work during the week. I have a high amount of energy to offer!"
Experienced Example
"As an animator, we don't leave our work, ever. So, while the day may be from 8-5, I take my job home with me on nights and weekends."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 05/30/2013
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Animator

November 13th, 2018

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.