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26 Questions and Answers by Christina Erne
Updated August 30th, 2018 | Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY.
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How do you manage a relationship between management and production staff?

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1.

How do you manage a relationship between management and production staff?

The candidate should discuss how they will try to create a bridge between production staff and those who are ultimately in charge of the production. Staff sometimes want to voice their own opinions, and it is important to have a healthy relationship between the two.

Christina's Answer

"I will host one hour weekly meetings where staff can feel comfortable coming to me to voice their concerns or changes, so I can pass the information along and we can make healthy changes."

2.

What is an example of a time you made a mistake on the job and how did you remedy it?

The candidate should demonstrate the ways they are constantly trying to improve their work and fix mistakes by talking about a way they problem solved their way out of one in the past. This will show the determination to succeed.

Christina's Answer

"One time in a dress rehearsal, I was part of a production team and I gave the incorrect stage orders to a cast member, and they had to scramble to get on stage on time. I have learned how much accuracy matters in the job, and that's why I am understanding of those still learning."

3.

What unique skills set you apart from other candidates?

The candidate should figure out what skills of a production director and manager they have that set them apart from others. They should discuss why they will be the best fit for the job based on their experience, knowledge of the field, knowledge and command over production and talent crew, and more.

Christina's Answer

"Although many production directors may have similar qualifications and experience, I am unique in the way that I have made my way through the ranks and have worked nearly every other job in production that exists. This makes me understand each of the technical producers on the team so I can treat them how I know they want to be treated."

4.

Why do you want to become a production director?

The candidate should discuss what traits of their personality make them a good fit for the job. They should discuss what has lead them to want to take this kind of job and why they are so passionate about the career.

Christina's Answer

"I have always wanted to get into the film industry and I feel I have a keen eye for what a good production should be. I want to be a production director to change the film industry."

5.

In what ways do you try to improve a production on the set?

The candidate should discuss specific plans they have to improve sets. Whether it is holding meetings with individual groups on set about what they need to do during the productions season, or hiring professionals to come in to train cast and crew for a day, the candidate should have some ideas how to elevate the team.

Christina's Answer

"I find that doing team building exercises is a great way for everyone to learn how to work together well. Being a member of the production team widely varies from being a cast member, but the two need to learn how to work together. I find that setting aside a few hours or even a day for team building makes for a stronger production in the long term."

6.

What is part of the production director career do you find most difficult?

The candidate may talk about something they struggled with as a part of the job in the past, and how they will be working to remedy this. The candidate may talk about a weakness they once had on the job and how they have learned to adapt.

Christina's Answer

"I find the stress of the job and making sure everyone works together to make the production go smoothly the most difficult part of the job. I have learned to relax and trust the team to do their jobs, but I also have work to do to ensure my anxiety on the job does not affect how I treat my co-workers."

7.

How well do you work with quick changes?

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.

Christina's Answer

"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."

8.

Why is this job right for you at this time?

The interviewer wants to know more about the candidate's aspirations in life and their past experiences. They want to know why the candidate feels they are ready to take on this hefty responsibility as a production director. The candidate should discuss why they feel this is the right time for them to take on a role as large as this one, and why they feel they are prepared to do so.

Christina's Answer

"This job is a perfect fit for me at this stage of my life. I have been working in productions since high school and I have worked my way up the ranks and have learned what it takes to succeed in this industry. I am ready to take on this large role, and I feel the creative juices I have been stimulating for years are ready to be put to good use."

9.

What are your benefits expectations?

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.

Christina's Answer

"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."

10.

Have you ever taken a position in a company you regretted?

While many people believe it is important to leave the past in the past, the hiring manager may want to know a little more about the candidate and what they were doing before this job interview. The candidate may talk about any previous positions they have taken and why they were either not successful at it, or why they did not like it. They should find a way to circle back to why they ultimately decided to pick this career as their passion.

Christina's Answer

"I regret taking a position in college as an on-air talent. I find that I am best behind the scenes, instead of directly in the production. While I am glad I learned what it is like to be talent in the production, which helps me to relate to them, I probably embarrassed myself on stage and I much prefer being behind the curtain."

11.

Do you consider yourself someone who deals well with stress?

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.

Christina's Answer

"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."

12.

How would you describe yourself in five words?

The candidate should find ways of describing themselves, both their personality and their working attitude. This will give the interviewer an idea of what they will contribute to the workplace in terms of their attitude, not just what they are capable of doing in the job.

Christina's Answer

"I would describe myself as witty, spontaneous, creative, humorous, and dedicated."

13.

What part of the career do you find the most rewarding?

The interviewer wants to know what keeps the candidate coming back to work each day. Passion keeps a worker wanting to do the job instead of feeling like they have to do the job. The candidate should discuss what keeps them returning to work and why they love being a production director so much.

Christina's Answer

"I find that watching the final production is the most rewarding part of doing this job. I love seeing how the ultimate job turned out and see how everyone I directed worked together like how I wanted."

14.

What is your experience with technical directions on set?

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.

Christina's Answer

"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."

15.

Who is your inspiration in this career field?

The candidate should talk about who inspires them and why.

Christina's Answer

"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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Interview Questions

  1. How do you manage a relationship between management and production staff?
  2. What is an example of a time you made a mistake on the job and how did you remedy it?
  3. What unique skills set you apart from other candidates?
  4. Why do you want to become a production director?
  5. In what ways do you try to improve a production on the set?
  6. What is part of the production director career do you find most difficult?
  7. How well do you work with quick changes?
  8. Why is this job right for you at this time?
  9. What are your benefits expectations?
  10. Have you ever taken a position in a company you regretted?
  11. Do you consider yourself someone who deals well with stress?
  12. How would you describe yourself in five words?
  13. What part of the career do you find the most rewarding?
  14. What is your experience with technical directions on set?
  15. Who is your inspiration in this career field?
  16. Have you progressed in your career as you expected?
  17. How do you take charge of a situation?
  18. How would you describe your leadership skills?
  19. What are your salary expectations?
  20. What previous experience do you have directing an entire production?
  21. In what ways do you advance a production?
  22. How do you work as part of a team?
  23. What do you hope to learn from this job?
  24. What is your favorite production you have worked with in the past?
  25. Why do you think you are a good fit for this position?
  26. What skills do you have that make you a good fit for a production director?
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