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20 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
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How to Answer
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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1.
What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"(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."
2.
What was the most successful production you have worked on, and in your opinion, what contributed to its success?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
3.
Give me an example of your ability to handle stressful situations.
Tell the interviewer what you do to handle situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example to support your position.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
4.
What excites you the most about this position?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
5.
Tell me about your stage management experience.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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)."
6.
Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
Tell the interviewer the degrees and certifications that you have, by emphasizing the ones that will help you succeed in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
7.
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Tell the interviewer your strengths including your qualities and educational/professional qualifications and how they will benefit you in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
8.
Why should we hire you?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
9.
How do you approach a script when reading it for the first time?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
10.
Tell me about your team management skills by providing an example.
Tell the interviewer about your team management skills in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively how you would manage team members.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
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