Top 20 Art Director Interview Questions
Question 1 of 22
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
I keep a daytimer/planner.
I make a fixated schedule and make sure that there is a balance between working and breaks so everyone could stay on track without straying due to fatigue.
Delegate responsibilites to team and keep track of project by creating checkpoints to make sure everyone is on time and on budget.
I use a combination of excel, email reminders and calendar to track all the projects.
Question 2 of 22
What excites you the most about a career as an art director?
I not only get to share my artistic vision, but I get to inspire and encourage those, who gave up on art as they don't think they are worthy enough for it, to reach their goals and achieve their dreams as art is free and is self-expression rather than a competition.
Sharing creative vision with Junior designers to excite them about a project has always been a highlight of being a Senior Designer. Taking responsibility and leadership feels like a natural next step in my career in the fashion industry.
Question 3 of 22
What do you like about our current artistic style, with our company?
I like the fact that your company is unique and very versatile.
Illustrative and fun. Lots of character storytelling.
Question 4 of 22
What changes would you want to immediately make as director?
I would make sure my co-workers do their work seriously such as not turning in lazy designs when I know they have more potential than that.
I don't believe making immediate changes are necessary. I have to see how things run and operate and how the team works then I can suggest possible avenues of change that would benefit the brand and excite the consumer.
Question 5 of 22
Tell me about a client dispute you've dealt with, and how you handled it.
A client didn't like our design and I have no choice but to abide by their requests. Since our views were different, rather than fighting against them, I adapt to the situation and view things from their point of view. I added a few suggestions that may improve their design and in the end we were able to work smoothly.
When concerns with a client arise I find it is best to reach out in person / verbally and discuss the issues and possible resolutions. Being a good listener is sometimes the rest way to solve a problem.
Question 6 of 22
Why do you want a career as an art director?
To try something new to challenge me and help me grow.
I want to contribute my vision of art and talent to inspire others along with guiding them to their own artistic journey.
To inspire and lead a team with my creativity and drive.
Question 7 of 22
Why should we hire you?
Question 8 of 22
Where do yourself in ten years?
Question 9 of 22
What are your hobbies?
Question 10 of 22
How do you manage your time?
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Question 11 of 22
What motivates you?
Question 12 of 22
How would you handle a staff member, who was clearly under performing?
I would sit down and have a talk with them to see what is wrong and what is affecting their performance. I am also here to support them.
Take them out of the office environment and have a chat about what is that excites them out of work. Listen to any issues they may be struggling with at work. Maybe find a way delegate work more suited to their creative interests. Perhaps take a look at company culture to see if people are overworked and create a fun field trip to reset morale.
Question 13 of 22
What would you do if a project was late?
I would personally apologize to our client and negotiate for an extension. My team and I would pull all-nighters to get the job done.
Ask everyone on board to be all hands on deck. If still not possible to meet deadline call client and express the ideas for managing the outcome of the late project.
Question 14 of 22
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
I did not face any particular challenges or problems. I just want to advance further into this field.
On location photo shoots are usually very time sensitive and it's important to keep everyone on the same page and working efficiently. Handling a miscommunication on a shoot and having a stylist go to creative director with unnecessary questions was a concern for director.
Question 15 of 22
What was your greatest accomplishment as an art director?
My greatest accomplishment was being able to work well with my team. This does not necessarily mean that we have the same ideals, but we all are compatible with each other and are open-minded and respect each others artistic styles.
Haven't been in this role but I believe it would be getting the respect of those who worked with me on a project we all contributed to and succeeded in.
Question 16 of 22
What was your biggest disappointment as an art director?
Not currently art director but I do know they are responsible for decisions, good or bad.
My biggest disappointed as an art director would be a few arrogant co-workers. Although I am an art director I do not see myself in a position higher than the others as that would be called a glorified manager. So it disappoints me when a few people see art as a black and white area and that one needs to be better or right.
Have not been in this role yet. I would assume a project not meeting it's required level of production would be disappointing but also a learning experience for the next project ahead.
Question 17 of 22
Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
I've never fired anyone before. Everyone was easy and great to work with and we all respect and understood each other.
Never I am a gentle person it hard for me to be rude with people.
Question 18 of 22
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
Every day there are moments for quick decisions especially during print days and there are dicrepencies with ad copy. I discuss the situation with the appropriate people and email the dcision.
Flooding pipe burst, had kids call front office while I found shut off valve.
There were difficulties on set where our prop designs were damaged while arriving to the shoot. We had to make do with whatever we had to cover up the damages as best as we could and edit out the rest later.
Was instructed not to complete any projects that did not come in through our automated system while Director was out of town. Brand manager came in with last minute request necessary for a sales pitch. I decided it was important to completed the project and followed up with my director to let him know what was going on in the office.
Question 19 of 22
As an Art Director, what do you believe is your best asset?
The ability to help designers create well marketed and designed material.
Analytical and creative thinking simultaneosly.
As an Art Director, I believe that my best asset is my open-mindedness. As an Art Director, my job is to guide the individual through their artistic journey so I'd give them some advice and suggestions and constructive criticism, but I wouldn't push my ideals onto them.
Being able to multi-task and lead in a creative and calm manner.
Question 20 of 22
Describe the most creative work related project you completed.
Working on a project for a major department store.
My team and I not only got to design the background and props for a new film, but we were also able to contribute to the film's storyboard.
We designed skateboard decks as trophy's for our sales meeting to hand out to reps who excelled in certain markers. All designers were given freedom to execute them and style.
Question 21 of 22
Do you have any writing experience?
Yes, I've written several short stories about my life, fantasy, fiction, and so on.
Having worked with outside sources and overseas production I have written and communicated through many emails to get across many creative ideas and solutions. Also some personal writing through blogs and personal projects.
Question 22 of 22
Are you actively interviewing with other facilities or hospitals?
About Art Director
September 14th, 2017
Art directors are highly creative individuals. They may work in advertising and public relations, newspaper and magazine publishing, or movie production. Their area of expertise lies in creating compelling visual images and styles for magazines, movie and television productions, product packaging and newspapers. Art directors first talk to clients to ascertain their requirements and accordingly they determine their artistic approach and style. Their responsibilities include choosing the right design elements or photographs to create compelling visuals. Depending on the size of the project, they may have to coordinate with other creative and artistic departments to ensure that the final design meets the clients' specifications.
A bachelor's degree in Fine Arts is a great way to gain entry into this field. An MFA or a Master's of Fine Arts will open up doors for managerial positions with higher salaries. Art directors must be highly creative and have a great sense of aesthetics. They must also have strong leadership, time-management, communication and budgeting skills.
When going for your interview, you must carry a portfolio containing some of your best works. Your portfolio must be put together to show the client's requirements and how you worked to create the final work to meet those requirements. In addition to preparing an impressive portfolio, you must also prepare compelling answers to all of the questions that the interviewer asks. One way to do this is by going to Mock Questions and rehearsing your answers to the questions listed there.