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Production Director Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Production Director interview, here are 26 interview questions and answer examples.

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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.



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26 Production Director Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What are your benefits expectations?

      How to Answer

      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.



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      1st 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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  • 2. 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.



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      "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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  • 3. Do you consider yourself someone who deals well with stress?

      How to Answer

      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.



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      "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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  • 4. 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.



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  • 5. 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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  • 6. Have you progressed in your career as you expected?

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      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.



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

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      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.



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

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      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.



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

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      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.



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  • 10. How would you describe yourself in five words?

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      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.



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  • 11. Have you ever taken a position in a company you regretted?

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      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.



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  • 12. How do you take charge of a situation?

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      A production director should be someone who fixes any and all problems on set, and should be able to take control when things go awry. The candidate should talk about their experience fixing situations that have gone wrong and discussing the ways in which they consider themselves a successful fix-it person on the job.



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  • 13. How would you describe your leadership skills?

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      The candidate should describe their previous experience as a leader, and their ability to take command of a production and lead the entire team to success. They should talk about what they believe makes a good leader.



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  • 14. Why do you want to become a production director?

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      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.



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  • 15. What are your salary expectations?

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      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.



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  • 16. Why is this job right for you at this time?

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      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.



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  • 17. What previous experience do you have directing an entire production?

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      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.



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  • 18. In what ways do you advance a production?

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      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.



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  • 19. How do you work as part of a team?

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      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.



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  • 20. What part of the career do you find the most rewarding?

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      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.



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  • 21. What unique skills set you apart from other candidates?

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      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.



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  • 22. What do you hope to learn from this job?

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      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.



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

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      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.



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  • 24. What is your favorite production you have worked with in the past?

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      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.



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  • 25. Why do you think you are a good fit for this position?

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      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.



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  • 26. What skills do you have that make you a good fit for a production director?

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      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.



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