The candidate should describe part of their career in which they are the most proud, whether it be about previous projects, the skills they have developed, or the positions in companies they have held. The candidate should talk about why they are so proud of this and how this element would be beneficial for the company to have.
"I am most proud of how I became an editor and director of films in just 8 years. While this may seem like a long time for some, I have climbed up the ladder and made myself a valuable editor to any film, and I know that working in your company, I will continue to grow."
A film and video editor makes an average of $45,000/year, depending on how many prior years experience they have, and for what company they are applying. The candidate should give a reasonable range of salaries they hope to be paid for the job so they and the interviewer can come to an agreement on proper payment.
"I am hoping to make between $50,000-$55,000 for this job, considering that I have worked for many years at a great company as a film editor and can offer much to this company. I also expect to grow in the years I work here."
The candidate should discuss their particular editing techniques and how they reveal the final product to a client. This includes discussing any feedback on the project or any final touches they are asked to make. The candidate should answer the question by discussing their communication skills with a client in a professional setting and how they react to feedback.
"I do a side by side comparison of the work that wasn't edited, to the edited version, and then final version based on feedback. I like to do this in-person to get a better understanding of my client's reaction to the work. However, if this can't be done onsite, I ask for detailed feedback as to what they like and don't like in the edits."
Oftentimes, broadcasting and filming may have long and irregular hours, the client wants to know if you are dedicated to the project. The candidate should respond by showing their dedication, regardless of the hours they may be asked to work.
"Yes, I am willing to work overtime to meet a deadline, especially if that's what the client and I have come to an agreement on. I will continue working as long as it is alright with the client until I feel that the work is my best."
The candidate should discuss with the hiring manager the times throughout the day they can perform their best work. While hiring managers are often looking for a candidate who can fill a certain position or time slot, the candidate should mention what times they work best, yet also mention how they are able to adjust to various working hours over time. The candidate should demonstrate ultimately that regardless of the hours they work, their work will remain consistent and strong.
"I work best in the early morning hours. I am more alert and am able to do some of my best and fastest work early in the day, but if I was put on a later afternoon shift, I would be able to find a way to adjust and still do my best work."
There are benefits and downsides to both being a full-time employee and being a contracted freelancer. The candidate should discuss which they would prefer and why. Being a full time employee means receiving full benefits from a company, a mostly consistent work schedule, and job protection under a contract. Some candidates prefer this type of commitment because it means consistent work and pay. However, some candidates prefer an irregular work schedule where they are not tethered to one company, and instead will work individual jobs as a freelancer for the same pay, but no benefits. This allows them the freedom to work with various clients instead of only working for one.
"I would prefer to be a contracted freelancer because I like to pick and choose the projects I work on over time. Although I respect your company, I want the freedom to work on other side projects throughout the year, yet also produce great work for your clients."
The candidate should discuss whether or not they had been a part of a filmmaker society during their time in post-secondary education. If the candidate has, they should mention what benefits they have received from it, such as great contacts and internships and early exposure to the film industry. If they did not participate in college, they should discuss other experience in the field they had during their college years, if any, and how that helped them grow.
"In college, I was a part of the Society of Professional Journalists. While it wasn't specifically tailored to filmmaking, a large part of what we did on a weekly basis was taking cameras and shooting stories to present to each other and critique them. This helped me develop my videography skills over time and I learned a lot about shooting good video for news."
The candidate should discuss their experience with editing software, and talk about which ones they prefer using and why. Examples include Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Edius, and Final Cut Pro X.
"If I'm using a Macbook, I'll work in After Effects or Premiere. If I need to use Windows, I'll work in both After Effects and Premiere and maybe even Final Cut Pro. However, if a client has a particular preference, we can discuss my experience with it and can give it a shot."
The candidate should demonstrate that they are staying up to date with the latest technologies film and editing software, techniques, and technology.
"I think the most exciting advancement of the year is the more practical uses of virtual reality in the field. Although virtual reality in filming was introduced years ago, just this year it became easier for videographers to shoot with virtual reality and editors to add it in post production."
The candidate should discuss their future plans and whether or not they include becoming a director or producer in the future. The candidate should discuss why they want to reach this height in their career and how this current job will help them reach that goal in the future.
"I aspire to be a film producer in the future. I believe I have strong leadership skills and have a good eye for editing, and someday can help others produce their best work. Until then, I can't wait to learn as much as I can about the industry."
The candidate should discuss an example of being under pressure on the job in the past and how they dealt with the situation. The candidate should mention how they dealt with the stress well, including taking deep breaths or completing the work regardless of the pressure they were under. If the candidate did not respond well, they should discuss how in retrospect they would have done better, showing that they are able to realize their faults and improve.
"Previously while editing, I was under a tight deadline, and only had one hour to complete one section of the film. However, I put in headphones and was able to block out anyone else trying to talk to me. I thankfully made the deadline and learned that in times of immense stress, as long as I trust I can get it done, I can do it."
The candidate should describe a film editor who they look up to and talk about why they think this person is admirable. This gives the interviewer insight into how the candidate aspires to grow in their job and who motivates them.
"I look up to James Cameron because he has made some of the most creative films in history. I find his editing technique fascinating because he cuts from wide angles to tight shots quickly, and I aspire to create emotion in my films the way he does."
Part of any job is growth within the position, and the candidate must discuss their desire to grow in the job or company, and how part of that growth is based on others critiquing their work. Make critique a positive by discussing why critique will help them ultimately become a better editor.
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The candidate should discuss what has lead to their interest in becoming an editor and working in film or any type of video. They should describe what aspects of their personality make them a good fit for this type of job, including someone who is hands-on and good with technology. They should show a love for the field and a deep understanding of all the responsibilities required of them.
"I wanted to become a film editor because I have always loved watching movies, and always knew that I would someday want to create them. For years I have studied how to sequence scenes and I have learned many techniques on how to edit seamlessly, and I can bring that to your business."
The candidate should answer this question by describing what motivates them to come into work each day. They should describe their favorite aspects of the job and why they love it so much. This shows the interviewer how much the career means to them, and how much hard work they would put in, if given the chance.
"My favorite part about being an editor is that I get to choose my favorite parts of each scene to put together. Being an editor, you can cut out any shots that are bad and replace them with ones that change the entire mood of the piece. I love being in control of the emotions and flow of the sequence."
The candidate should discuss some aspect of the job that they may not be as strong at as others, or one part that they do not enjoy doing. While this is a chance for the candidate to discuss what they may not be best at, they must eventually show the interviewer that ultimately they would be able to perform the duty of the job without any issue or hassle.
"My least favorite part of the job is sequencing and organizing all of the video clips. It takes so long to put them all in some kind of order so that it is easier to edit later. However, I realize how important it is to do this so I can stay organized throughout the entire process."
The candidate should discuss what is the most rewarding part of doing the job, whether it is the final product, or how they feel following the completion of the job. An interviewer is looking for a candidate who takes pride in some aspect of working the job, and wants to know what motivates them to complete the job to give them a sense of fulfillment at the end.
"For me, the most rewarding part of being an editor is seeing the final product all the way through. Oftentimes when you are editing, you forget what shots you put where, and watching the final product back seamlessly shows exactly how I wanted the story to flow, and I am proud of the story I told."
The candidate should discuss in what areas they still struggle in the career and where they still have room for improvement. This is an opportunity for the candidate to openly admit where their weaknesses are within the job, but discuss how they plan to improve upon them. Oftentimes, the most difficult parts of a job are ones that the person does not fully understand, and this is a chance for them to show that someday they may find this aspect more enjoyable than they previously realized.
"I find the most difficult part of the job hitting the export button when the project is finished because I always feel that there are more edits to make the work completely perfect. However, editing is like art, and can always be tweaked more and more, and over time I will find the confidence to submit my work with complete satisfaction."
A film or video editor is expected to be able to pay attention to tiny details no one else is able to see, such as a slight change in lighting, or a small blip in a transition between shots. This careful detail is necessary to create flawless video. The candidate should discuss their strengths surrounding paying attention to small details, and how this skill will help them be successful in the career.
"I consider myself a very detail oriented person. In previous jobs, I am often the person everyone else turns to when they need a second set of eyes before they submit a project. I am able to pick up on details no one else sees, and I can bring that to your team."
An editor is expected to spend much time in front of a screen. The interviewer wants to know if the candidate is able to perform the job without hindering their eyesight. They also want to know if the candidate feels comfortable sitting in one spot for a long period of time without getting restless. The job requires the same amount of detail oriented vision throughout the day, and the candidate must discuss if they are able to do this.
"My vision is very strong, and I have never needed glasses. I am used to editing, and therefore I have worked in front of a computer screen for hours on end all the time. I am a great candidate for this job because my vision is strong and stays strong over time."
The candidate should respond by mentioning what they aspire to do in the future based on what they hope to improve upon and achieve in the current job. The candidate should show how passionate about the current job they are and how much they hope to grow within the position. A hiring manager is looking for someone who plans to stick around the company for a while and not only improve his or herself but also help the company grow. The candidate should discuss how they plan on making the workplace a great one over time.
"Far off in the future, I aspire to be a movie editor in Hollywood. However, in order to get to that level of skill and knowledge, I believe I am a great fit for your production team. I am detail oriented and I can even further develop this skill with you over time. I hope to produce great films with your company so that someday I will be as great as big-time movie editors."
The candidate should discuss their successes and failures with certain types of equipment and whether they require equipment from the company, or if they will use their own.
"I use a DSLR, 3-way lighting setup, lighting reflectors, and shotgun microphones and/or boom poles."
The candidate should discuss where they see his or herself in terms of skill level and position within the company over the course of working there. They may mention certain skills they hope to improve upon and how the company will help that, or they may talk about how they aspire for more higher up positions eventually that they will be great fits for.
"Over the course of my time at this job, I hope to become one of the top editors here because I already know I possess the knowledge and skills to make your clients happy. I would love to be given this opportunity so I can excel at it and eventually help others do the same."
Editing films and video is often time consuming, yet editors are faced with tight deadlines. The candidate must prove that they are able to complete the job quickly but still produce their best work possible. They may also give an example of a time where they were put under pressure and how they managed to resolve the situation.
"I find that I do my best work under pressure. I am able to concentrate strictly on the job at hand and put all my doubts about the project aside."
Being an editor requires working with others on a project, editing video shot by someone else, or telling a story through someone else's writing. This requires much communication within a team and with others. The candidate should describe their experience working with others. They should also provide ways that they work well on a team, like asking lots of clarifying questions and taking the time to help others for the greater good of the piece.
"I work very well with a team because I like the support of others. I find that I help others when they are struggling, and I appreciate when someone else can help me when I have a question."
The candidate uses this question to discuss how they work with others, especially under the management of a team leader or client. The candidate should respond by giving their prior experience working under someone's supervision and what types of leadership they work best with. Some of these leadership types include someone who gives lots of feedback or someone who is hands-off.
"I work best with a leader who is hands-on. I like getting feedback often on my projects so I know I am making the client happy continuously."
Film and video editors are highly talented professionals who possess the expertise required to edit movies and videos so that the finalized version is classy and coherent. Experienced film and video editors are in high demand in the movie and advertising industries. They take all the raw footage and edit it to create a movie or video that is seamless. As part of their job, film and video editors go through several tapes looking for scenes that seem out of place with the main storyline and other errors. They then add sounds and other background music and effects while making sure that they are all relevant to the main script.
Film and video editors must be multi-talented. In addition to being highly creative, they must also have advanced technical skills in video editing and computer graphics. A bachelor's degree in video editing, film editing, film production or an associated field is the minimum qualification required to work as a film and video editor. In addition, you must have a lot of experience under your belt to learn the finer nuances of film and video editing. The best way to get the required hands-on experience is by interning with an experienced film and video editor.
At your interview for a film and video editor position, the most important thing the prospective employer will want to hear about is your experience in this field. Make sure you take along something you have worked on to showcase your editing skills. They will also want to know how you would approach any film and video editing assignment that is given to you. Check out film and video editor mock interview questions to get a better idea of what to expect your interview.