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Art Director Interview Questions

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Ryan Brown
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22 Art Director
Interview Questions

  1. What changes would you want to immediately make as director?

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    • "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."
    • "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."
  2. What would you do if a project was late?

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    • "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."
    • "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."
  3. How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?

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    • "I keep a daytimer/planner."
    • "Delegate responsibilites to team and keep track of project by creating checkpoints to make sure everyone is on time and on budget."
    • "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."
    • "I use a combination of excel, email reminders and calendar to track all the projects."
  4. How do you manage your time?

  5. What do you like about our current artistic style, with our company?

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    • "Illustrative and fun. Lots of character storytelling."
    • "I like the fact that your company is unique and very versatile."
  6. As an Art Director, what do you believe is your best asset?

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    • "Analytical and creative thinking simultaneosly."
    • "The ability to help designers create well marketed and designed material."
    • "Being able to multi-task and lead in a creative and calm manner."
    • "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."
  7. How would you handle a staff member, who was clearly under performing?

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    • "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."
    • "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."
  8. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

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    • "Never I am a gentle person it hard for me to be rude with people."
    • "I've never fired anyone before. Everyone was easy and great to work with and we all respect and understood each other."
  9. Are you actively interviewing with other facilities or hospitals?

  10. What excites you the most about a career as an art director?

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    • "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."
    • "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."
  11. What motivates you?

  12. What are your hobbies?

  13. Where do yourself in ten years?

  14. Why should we hire you?

  15. Tell me about a client dispute you've dealt with, and how you handled it.

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    • "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."
    • "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."
  16. Why do you want a career as an art director?

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    • "To try something new to challenge me and help me grow."
    • "To inspire and lead a team with my creativity and drive."
    • "I want to contribute my vision of art and talent to inspire others along with guiding them to their own artistic journey."
  17. Do you have any writing experience?

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    • "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."
    • "Yes, I've written several short stories about my life, fantasy, fiction, and so on."
  18. Describe the most creative work related project you completed.

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    • "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."
    • "Working on a project for a major department store."
    • "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."
  19. Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.

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    • "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."
    • "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."
    • "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."
  20. What was your biggest disappointment as an art director?

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    • "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."
    • "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."
    • "Not currently art director but I do know they are responsible for decisions, good or bad."
  21. What was your greatest accomplishment as an art director?

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    • "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."
    • "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."
  22. What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?

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    • "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."
    • "I did not face any particular challenges or problems. I just want to advance further into this field."