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26 Production Director Interview Questions
Question 1 of 26
What are your benefits expectations?
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Oftentimes, production directors receive some other kinds of perks of working this job. If the production requires travel, they are given a stipend for food and hotels, and even sometimes gas money when traveling to the productions. Otherwise, they receive some kind of stipend for buying tickets to see other productions or to send friends and family. The candidate should discuss what other benefits they hope to receive.

Answer Example
"At my previous job, I received free hotel stays when I had to work for a three-day stretch close to the production. I would appreciate getting a stipend for staying at hotels while on the job if they require more than an hour of travel from my home."
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Question 2 of 26
How well do you work with quick changes?
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Sometimes, a piece of the set will break, a cast member will get sick, or weather will interrupt filming. The candidate should discuss their experience working with changing situations and how they are able to manage the situation even on short notice.

Answer Example
"I work well with sudden changes because I consider myself very adaptable. I always have a back-up plan and can make it look like our first plan in the first place."
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Question 3 of 26
Do you consider yourself someone who deals well with stress?
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The candidate should discuss their experience working under stress in the workplace, and how they continue to work well despite being pressured or feeling stressed. Especially in this superior role, stress can come through many outlets of the job, and the candidate should be able to talk about how they have worked in the past with stress and are confident they will succeed.

Answer Example
"I feel that I am able to handle a lot more work even when I am stressed, because I am more focused and less worried about aspects of the project that do not concern me. I am able to give others some responsibility and focus on my job alone."
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Question 4 of 26
What is your experience with technical directions on set?
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The candidate should be well versed to both give and receive technical directions. This shows they are capable of doing the job and communicating to their team in a timely and widely understood way in the field of producing and directing.

Answer Example
"I am able to coordinate well with all branches of the production staff. From discussing scrims in lighting to simple direction like stage left and right, these make the production run smoothly."
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Question 5 of 26
Who is your inspiration in this career field?
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The candidate should talk about who inspires them and why.

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"My inspiration in directing is Bo Christensen. He has sent multiple films to the OSCARs for award winning foreign films, and I am inspired by his work."
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Author of Production Director Answers and Questions

Christina Erne
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 08/10/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Production Director

August 18th, 2017

A production director is responsible for managing any kind of production, and giving specific and direct cues to everyone involved in a play, movie, show, or theatrical production. A director must have a good understanding of all kinds of directions they must give to all parties involved in the production, including giving direction to talent, artists, sound coordinators, and more. They are also responsible for making creative decisions for the production.