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Top 30 Production Assistant Interview Questions

Why do you want to become a production assistant?
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Question 2 of 31
How do you believe this job will help you grow?
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"I look forward to the learning opportunities this job presents me. I believe I will learn to give better direction on set and manage talent smoother behind the scenes. I believe editing will help me ultimately become a better writer."
The hiring manager is looking for a candidate who wants to not only succeed in their job, but overachieve and continue growing professionally. The candidate should discuss the skills they hope to learn in the job and where they hope to be once the job is finished. They should show the candidate a passion to keep learning and improving over time.
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Question 3 of 31
Why did you choose to work for this production company?
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"I want to work for this specific production company because I believe out of any candidate, I have been watching productions since I was a child and know the types of shows you direct. I am so familiar with your work and know it is something that will keep me motivated each day."
The hiring manager is looking for someone who wants to work for their company not because they want any old job, but are choosing this particular one for certain reasons. The candidate should talk about what it is about this specific production company that makes them want the job, and why they believe they would be a good fit there. The candidate could talk about the types of productions they direct, the location where they typically are, or the kind of people that work there.
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Question 4 of 31
Why is this location a good fit for you?
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"I feel very comfortable working in California because I have many family and friends here that have told me how much I will like it. I love warm weather, and am excited to learn more about the area."
Knowing one's surroundings is an important part of getting a job. If someone is already well familiarized with the area, hiring managers may believe they will fit in quicker than if they got a job in a completely foreign place to them. The candidate should talk about their knowledge of the area and why they want to work there. If the candidate is not originally from the area, they should talk about what draws them to the area, and how they adapt to new places.
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Have you progressed in your career as you had hoped?
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What is your experience traveling for a job?
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What is your experience working at various hours of the day?
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Question 8 of 31
Do you prefer a manager who is hands-on or hands-off?
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Question 9 of 31
If you could start your career over again, what would you do differently?
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Question 10 of 31
What is your experience helping with lighting on set?
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What is your experience managing talent on set?
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Question 12 of 31
Do you consider yourself a coordinated and organized person?
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Question 13 of 31
Have you ever made a big blunder on the job and how did you resolve it?
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Question 14 of 31
Why do you want to be an assistant to the executive producer rather than the EP him/herself?
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Question 15 of 31
Where does this job fit into your career plans?
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Question 16 of 31
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 17 of 31
Do you consider yourself a creative person?
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Question 18 of 31
What do you think it means to be a production assistant?
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Question 19 of 31
What skills do you have that make you a good fit for the job?
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Question 20 of 31
What is your experience on movie/production sets?
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Question 21 of 31
How do you work under pressure?
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Question 22 of 31
How do you work as a part of a team?
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Question 23 of 31
What is your experience taking orders from a top executive?
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Question 24 of 31
What is your experience with script writing and editing?
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Question 25 of 31
Are you well versed in production cues and language?
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Question 26 of 31
Will you be able to work on your feet all day?
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Question 27 of 31
Would you feel comfortable stepping in for the executive producer if necessary?
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Question 28 of 31
What is your favorite aspect of the job?
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Question 29 of 31
What is your least favorite part of the job?
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Question 30 of 31
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 31 of 31
Do you feel comfortable working overtime when necessary?
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About Production Assistant

August 18th, 2017

A production assistant in the television or news industry is responsible for helping the show, movie, or segment run smoothly. They are responsible for previewing the event, including sending out press releases, setting up venues, and any administrative tasks to prepare. During the show, they are expected to make sure all production tasks run smoothly, including directing the floor, updating anchors or actors with fresh scripts, updating everyone on the progress of the shoot, and giving instructions on set. They assist the main producers and directors and relay information between directors and personalities.

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