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.
"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."
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.
"I would describe myself as witty, spontaneous, creative, humorous, and dedicated."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
Is this the candidate's dream job? Is this a jumping off point for them? The candidate should discuss the steps it took them to get here, where they plan to go from here, and how they feel about their previous work experience. Has a lengthier path given them more opportunities to learn? Has a quick jump through the ranks given them a fresh look at productions and added a new take on shows? Explain your journey and why it makes you the best fit for the job.
"I have surprisingly taken a fast route to becoming a production director, and I am proud of how fast I have learned all the skills necessary to do this job. I never expected to be here this early in my career, but I believe it will make me stronger developing my skills at one company for a series of years."
The candidate should talk about who inspires them and why.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
A production director is typically someone who has spent many years in producing and directing, and is looking at a salary above starting. A typical entering salary would be between $60,000-70,000 depending on the size of the production, the amount of funding they receive for their productions, and where the shows are being performed or recorded. The candidate should discuss what they believe they should make based on their prior experience and come to a decision in the meeting.
A production director must have great management skills and a keen eye for art and small technicalities in producing, from scripts and language to lighting and nuances on set. The candidate should talk about what skills make them a good fit for the job, and what skills will make them a special fit.
"I feel that my leadership will make me an essential part of this team. I have a great command of production and making it go smoothly while also producing high quality work, and I can gain respect of the cast and crew while doing so."
The candidate should discuss their previous work and how it reflects why they believe they will succeed when they take this position. They should discuss what will set them apart from other candidates and what unique ways they know they will work well with the team and on this kind of production.
"I believe I am a good fit for this job position because I have worked on productions for the past few years and I know what it takes to make a production get done on time and get it produced well. I know my way around the production set and I know how to communicate well with every member of the team so the job gets done."
The candidate should discuss a successful production they worked on in the past and why they take so much pride in it. The candidate should discuss what aspects of their work made the production so successful and describe how they will bring these aspects of their most successful productions to the table at the new job.
"In the past, my favorite production I worked on was a play on Broadway. I learned how important it is to stay calm when things are changing, and I feel this production was my favorite because I worked with very experienced team members who were able to take direction and adapt as we went on."
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.
"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."
The interview wants to know what the candidate still hopes to achieve in their career while they are in the new job. Everyone can always gain to learn something from their teammates and in new jobs, and the candidate should discuss what they hope to improve upon.
"I hope that in this job I will constantly be learning, although I already feel that I am a strong production director. I hope that I will learn from my other production staff to learn the latest news in the world of production and keep improving my strengths."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
The candidate should be someone who is able to not only manage a team and direct a group, but work well with them and be someone that others want to work with. The candidate should discuss their team working skills and how they know they will be a good addition to a team.
"I feel that I am a great leader of a team, and I am able to take direction the same way I am able to give it out. I feel that putting yourself on the same level as your co-workers allows them to respect you, and that way more can get done without any tension in the workplace."
A hiring manager is looking for someone who is constantly striving to do more and do better work. The candidate should discuss the ways in which they feel they will add to how the entire production moves, and especially the position of production director requires someone who is going to change the way things are done around the set. The candidate should describe the ways in which they advance work and move productions forward, improve upon them, and ultimately put out the best product possible.
"I am someone who is constantly working both artistically and technically to find ways to save money on productions while making them extravagant in their own way. I am unlike most production directors in the way that I am never happy with the final product and want to constantly improve show after show."
Anyone applying for the job of production director should have some kind of experience directing a show on their own. Being able to take a position like this requires the ability to know how each part is moving, and making sure nothing is missed. The candidate has the chance to talk about what experience they have in directing in the past and how that will help them in this job.
"I have directed several productions at the college level, and I had some of my technical directors move on to higher positions because of what they learned from me. I have learned how to make sure everything runs smoothly while also finding ways to improve upon each show."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.