Answer this question by mentioning your stage management experience in any capacity, i.e., even in positions you did not work as a Stage Manager.
"I worked as a Stage Manager for (X company) where I was responsible for (X duties). I also performed stage management duties at (X company). I was officially hired as a/an (X title) but I also performed (X stage management duties)."
Tell the interviewer the degrees and certifications that you have, by emphasizing the ones that will help you succeed in this role.
"I have a Bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Florida and a Project Management Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. Based upon these courses of study, I know that these qualifications will undoubtedly help me be highly successful on the job."
Tell the interviewer your strengths including your qualities and educational/professional qualifications and how they will benefit you in this role.
"In addition to my educational qualifications and experience which I believed prepared me for this role, I am a hard-worker, a team player and work tirelessly to get the job done. I thrive on challenges and always remain extremely committed to the success of any project."
Answer by outlining the skills that you have that differentiate you from other candidates, and which you believe will act as assets in this job.
"I have strong project management skills, and I am a team player who keeps the company's success in mind at all times. I require minimal supervision and work tirelessly to get the job done."
Tell the interviewer about your experience working with a script, if you have such experience. If you do not have such experience, mention how you would approach this particular task. Alternatively, you may outline some of your strengths or skills acquired in a professional or volunteer capacity, proving you will nevertheless be able to successfully complete this task.
"I do not have such experience, however I know I would be able to successfully complete this task. What I would do is first read the script twice to adequately grasp the essence of the script and then write down the most important points such as duties and deadlines. That way, I will be able to prioritize and get to work as soon as possible."
Tell the interviewer about your team management skills in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively how you would manage team members.
"In university, I managed a team of volunteers. We were volunteering for (description of X volunteer experience). This experience helped develop my team management skills and made me value the ideas and general contribution of each team member. As a result of this experience, I know I will easily be able to manage a team of professionals in a work setting."
Tell the interviewer about your organizational skills and provide an example of the tools you use.
"Organization is extremely important to be efficient. I use a variety of tools to keep track of upcoming tasks and meetings, such as to-do lists and calendar reminders, and separate all files and documents per projects to ensure I can access all files in a timely fashion."
Tell the interviewer about your time management and organizational skills.
"I always meet deadlines because I am extremely organized and do not wait at the last minute to get started on projects. I use lists and calendar reminders to ensure I do not forget anything and I review these lists daily."
Give the interviewer an example of your conflict resolution skills, past or future, i.e., how you have dealt, or would deal, with conflict at work. If you do not have any example in a professional situation, you can provide an example of conflict in a university setting.
"I remain professional and respectful, and seek to resolve any conflict in a timely manner. For example, when working on a project with other team members, if someone is not submitting his/her part of the work by the agreed-upon deadline, I will meet with this person to see why he/she hasn't done so. If the person simply does not care about respecting the deadlines, I would calmly explain the repercussions for all of us as we are all part of a team and the project's success, and grades, depend on all of us. This particular situation happened to me when working on a project in a marketing class while in university, and I would act in a similar way at work."
Tell the interviewer about your first show you managed as a Stage Manager or alternatively, the first show you assisted on in a professional capacity. Do your best to link this experience to the position you are applying for to demonstrate you already possess the required experience/skills for this role.
"My first show as a Stage Manager was (X description of first show). The duties performed then are similar to some of the duties listed on your job posting (X duties on job posting similar to what you performed)."
Tell the interviewer how and why you believed you education has prepared you for this role by emphasizing the skills acquired in school that will be transferrable to this job.
"I worked on numerous projects while in university and have developed excellent time and project management skills. I am positive these skills will enable me to manage any project successfully by respecting all timelines."
Tell the interviewer the duty on the job posting that you consider the most challenging and why, by emphasizing some of your strengths or past/equivalent experience that will enable you to nevertheless be successful in this role.
"The duty I consider the most challenging on the job description is (X duty you consider the most challenging) because I don't have experience performing this duty in a professional capacity. However, I performed a similar duty in a volunteer capacity while in school where I (X equivalent experience in a volunteer capacity). Because of this experience, I know I will be able to successfully perform in a work environment."
Tell the interviewer how you handle pressure in a work environment and what you do to remain productive and efficient.
"I thrive under pressure and always remain focused and organized. For example, if I have a short notice to complete a project, I immediately get to work. I write down what needs to be done by prioritizing the most important tasks, and will delegate tasks if this is a really big project."
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless be a strength in this role. Also mention what you are doing to improve in that area.
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."
Tell the interviewer your greatest strengths which you believe will help you be successful in this role.
"I thrive on challenges and do not hesitate to work long hours to get the job done. I also have strong project management, time management and organizational skills which will absolutely benefit me in this role."
Tell the interviewer the reasons why becoming a Stage Manager is or was the logical step in your career by emphasizing some of your strengths that will benefit you in this particular role.
"I enjoy shows and managing projects of all kinds. I believe that my passion for entertainment and project management, in addition to my educational qualifications related to this field, led me to pursuing this career."
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Stage management is the practice of organizing and coordinating a theatrical production. It encompasses a variety of activities, including organizing the production and coordinating communications between various personnel (e.g., between director and backstage crew, or actors and production management). Stage management is a sub-discipline of stagecraft.