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Stage Manager Interview Questions

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Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

How to Answer

Tell the interviewer how you handle pressure in a work environment and what you do to remain productive and efficient.



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20 Stage Manager Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer how you handle pressure in a work environment and what you do to remain productive and efficient.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

  • 2. Why should we hire you?

      How to Answer

      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.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

  • 3. How do you approach a script when reading it for the first time?

      How to Answer

      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.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

  • 4. Tell me about your team management skills by providing an example.

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer about your team management skills in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively how you would manage team members.



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  • 5. How do you stay organized?

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer about your organizational skills and provide an example of the tools you use.



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  • 6. When deadlines approach, how do you deal with them?

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer about your time management and organizational skills.



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  • 7. How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 8. What was your first show as a Stage Manager, or in a position where you had stage management responsibilities?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 9. Tell me in what capacity your education has prepared you for a career as a Stage Manager.

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 10. Which responsibility on the job posting do you consider the most challenging, and why?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 11. Tell me about your stage management experience.

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 12. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 13. What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Stage Manager?

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer your greatest strengths which you believe will help you be successful in this role.



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  • 14. Why are you the best candidate for us?

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer your strengths including your qualities and educational/professional qualifications and how they will benefit you in this role.



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  • 15. Why did you or do you wish to pursue a career as Stage Manager?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 16. What excites you the most about this position?

      How to Answer

      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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  • 17. Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer the degrees and certifications that you have, by emphasizing the ones that will help you succeed in this role.



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  • 18. Give me an example of your ability to handle stressful situations.

      How to Answer

      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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  • 19. What was the most successful production you have worked on, and in your opinion, what contributed to its success?

      How to Answer

      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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  • 20. What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?

      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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