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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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As an animator, what do you believe is your best asset?
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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.
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  1. As an animator, what do you believe is your best asset?
  2. What are you doing to keep current in animation technology?
  3. What animator do you admire the most?
  4. What are your career goals as an animator?
  5. Tell me about yourself.
  6. What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
  7. What questions do you have for me?
  8. What is your current salary?
  9. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  10. How often do you take work home with you?
  11. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  12. When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
  13. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  14. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
  15. Animators often need to work long hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
  16. How do you get along with others at work?
  17. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
  18. Why did you chose a career as an animator?
  19. Which animation programs are you best versed in?
  20. If you had not pursued a career in animation, what would you have chosen instead?
  21. What steps are you currently taking to improve your knowledge and skill as an animator?
  22. Tell me about your animation education. What was your best course? Which course did you struggle with the most.
  23. What is your favorite advancement in animation over the past 5 years?
  24. What animation methods are you most familiar with?
  25. Why are you the best animator for us?
15 Animator Answer Examples
1.
As an animator, what do you believe is your best asset?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
2.
What are you doing to keep current in animation technology?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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!"
Anonymous Answer
"I visit AWN.com and the 11-second club every month. On AWN.com, I get current information about the animation industry. In the 11-second club, I learn from other animators."
Rachelle's Answer
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3.
What animator do you admire the most?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
4.
What are your career goals as an animator?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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!"
5.
Tell me about yourself.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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!"
6.
What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
You will likely face change in your career from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you can adapt to substantial changes in a professional manner.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The biggest change in my career was learning to report to an entirely new management team when we merged with a competitor."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The biggest change that I have faced in my career so far would be when my previous company went through a major merger. We had to adapt to new processes and management which was quite challenging, especially considering I was just an intern. In the end, it worked out well for the company, in a financial perspective, so the changes were well worth the challenges we faced initially."
7.
What questions do you have for me?
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"A few come to mind, yes. What is the next major project that you will be tackling? Also, who would I be reporting to in this role?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part of working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?"
8.
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 and 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 (industry). Compensation is not my primary driver."
9.
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
10.
How often do you take work home with you?
The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently you take your work home.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I make sure to utilize my work hours very efficiently, so the only time that I take my work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. It's all about being diligent with your time in the office!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I try not to take my work home with me. Everyone needs downtime. However, if something needs to get done, I will get it done, even from home."
11.
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
"I learned in both college, but especially in my animation internship, that I do best with a larger workload. I am excellent with time management and thrive under pressure. Obviously, I need a balance to this overload, so I don't burn out, but I enjoy the challenge of extra work."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload:

- List your tasks and prioritize them
- Think of which functions 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"
12.
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current role, I work alongside cross-functional teams regularly. Together, we manage our projects and maintain effectiveness."
13.
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of settings that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the kind of situation that is offered in this position before the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that your work environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I work well in environments where I am trusted to do my job without micro-managing, after I learn the ropes of the business, of course."
14.
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do not lean one way or another when it comes to verbal or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always look back on written communication for reference."
15.
Animators often need to work long hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask!

Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations.

If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you.

Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week.
Rachelle's Answer #1
"If overtime is required in this role, I am happy to accommodate whenever I can. My only restriction is that I cannot work Wednesday nights as I have an evening course those days."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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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