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Stage Manager Interview Questions

20 Stage Manager Interview Questions
Question 1 of 20
What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
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Answer this question by mentioning the stage management duties you have considered the most challenging - or consider challenging based upon the job posting, while expressing your previously acquired skills that will enable you to nevertheless successfully complete those duties.

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"(X duty you consider challenging on the job posting) is one I consider challenging as I never had to perform this duty. However, I am positive I will successfully be able to perform this duty due to my (X acquired skills or X experience that will enable you to succeed in this role - such as project management skills acquired while working as a Project Manager). I am sure I can easily transfer these skills acquired in this role to this position."
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Question 2 of 20
What was the most successful production you have worked on, and in your opinion, what contributed to its success?
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Answer by mentioning a production you worked on that was a success, and the reasons why. Ensure to mention what you did to contribute to the success of the production which will show the interviewer you will use similar skills in this job.

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"The production I consider the most successful is (X successful production). I think it was so successful due to the great team work and great commitment of all parties involved. A production involves a lot of people and every task matter. This is why I am very committed to every project as I am part of the collective and know each task affects the finished product."
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Question 3 of 20
Give me an example of your ability to handle stressful situations.
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Tell the interviewer what you do to handle situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example to support your position.

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"I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met, I will write down the steps to take to ensure successful completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."
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Question 4 of 20
What excites you the most about this position?
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Tell the interviewer the aspects of the job that excites you the most (based upon the job description) and why. Link your answer with some of your qualifications to demonstrate you are suited for this role.

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"Being the main point of contact for all matters related to shows and projects is very exciting because I love being responsible for the management and success of projects of all kinds. I also know that my educational and professional qualifications have prepared me for this role and will help me be a highly successful Stage Manager."
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Question 5 of 20
Tell me about your stage management experience.
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Question 6 of 20
Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
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Question 7 of 20
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 8 of 20
Why should we hire you?
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Question 9 of 20
How do you approach a script when reading it for the first time?
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Question 10 of 20
Tell me about your team management skills by providing an example.
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Question 11 of 20
How do you stay organized?
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Question 12 of 20
When deadlines approach, how do you deal with them?
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Question 13 of 20
How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?
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Question 14 of 20
What was your first show as a Stage Manager, or in a position where you had stage management responsibilities?
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Question 15 of 20
Tell me in what capacity your education has prepared you for a career as a Stage Manager.
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Question 16 of 20
Which responsibility on the job posting do you consider the most challenging, and why?
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Question 17 of 20
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
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Question 18 of 20
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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Question 19 of 20
What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Stage Manager?
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Question 20 of 20
Why did you or do you wish to pursue a career as Stage Manager?
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About Stage Manager

December 19th, 2014

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.

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