30 Questions and Answers Written by Professional Interviewers
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Tell me about your most successful leadership experience.
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If the interviewer asks such a question, it is likely that the position entails leadership duties - current or future, which will most of the time already be outlined on the job posting. As such, he/she will assume you applied to this role upon having adequately read the job posting, and that you have an interest in leadership/team management and/or some sort of leadership/team management experience.
Tell the interviewer about your most successful leadership or team management experience, should you have any, in a professional, volunteer, or educational capacity (alternatively). Should you have none, mention that you are more than willing to gain leadership skills and would love to take on a leadership role - and why you are a good leader.
Do your best to provide an example related to the position/industry you applied for, as much as possible. If you cannot do so, provide any example by telling the interviewer you are positive your skills will easily be transferable.
"I have lead a team of individuals when working as (X position title) for (X organization). In this role, I was responsible for ten representatives and (X further related responsibilities including, e.g., the management of numerous duties on a short deadline). I realize this particular experience is not related to this position, however the team management skills acquired in this role will highly benefit me in this position at your company. I thoroughly enjoyed taking on a leadership role as I love leading team members to success."
Where do you see yourself in three years from now, or where would you like to be?
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Provide an honest answer and do not hesitate to mention you would be open to eventually moving up the ladder should the opportunity arise, i.e., that growth opportunities will be more than welcome.
This will demonstrate you have leadership skills, a willingness to learn beyond your original job scope, and a desire to commit to your employer.
"I see myself working for the same employer, being established and having grown with the organization and contribute to the bottom line. I hope to keep learning and being given the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."
Answer this question by mentioning what constitutes success for you, such as meeting all deadlines, being recognized as a team player by your employer, and so on.
Do not mention monetary incentives. The objective is to show the interviewer you wish to grow as a professional, not simply be rewarded monetarily.
"Success is meeting my daily, weekly, monthly and annual goals and being recognized as a hardworking professional by my employer. The company's success is my success. I also value becoming the best in my field."
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."
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.
"Being the main point of contact for all matters related to video production is very exciting because I love being responsible for the management and success of projects and having the ability to use my vision. I also know that my educational and professional qualifications have prepared me for this role and will help me be a highly successful Video Producer."
6. Tell me about your educational qualifications and how they will contribute to your success in this role. Tell the interviewer the degrees and certifications that you have, by emphasizing the ones that will help you succeed in this role. Here is an answer example: "I have a Bachelor's degree in X from the University of X and a Video Production Certificate from the University of X. Based upon these courses of study, I know that these qualifications will undoubtedly help me be highly successful on the job."7. Tell me about your ability to handle stress and pressure. Tell the interviewer what you do to handle situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example to support your position. Here is an answer example: "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."8. Tell me about the most successful production you have worked on. Answer by mentioning a production you worked on that was a success, and the areasons 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. Here is an answer example: "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."9. What duties do you consider the most challenging on our posting? Answer this question by mentioning the voice production 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. Here is an answer example: "(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 video production skills acquired in a previous position). I am sure I can easily transfer these skills acquired in this role to this position."10. Tell me about a conflict you had with a superior and how you resolved the situation. Tell the interviewer about your experience with a difficult superior and how you handled the situation. Here is an answer example: "I once worked with a superior who did not provide any timeline for the projects he assigned to me, yet became extremely agitated when I did not deliver within a few hours. As I had no idea he had such timelines in mind, I requested a meeting with him to tell him about my concerns and that I can absolutely adjust to tight deadlines, however I require prior adequate notice so that I can organize my days accordingly and delegate other duties if necessary - and that I cannot anticipate he would want something done right away upon receipt. He told me he did not realize he had provided unclear instructions and promised to be more clear in the future, which he were."11. Tell me what you do or would do to improve the communication level in the workplace. Tell the interviewer a few strategies to improve the communication channels within in the workplace. The emphasis should be on human contact, i.e., meeting fave-to-face as opposed to exchanging endless emails or using other impersonal mediums. Here is an answer example: "I personally prefer meeting in person to talk about a project as opposed to exchanging back-and-forth emails to ensure the exchange of a clear message. Communication can easily be distorted in an email. An in-person meeting also enables the sharing of ideas and promotes true human interactions. However, if I absolutely have to communicate via email, I will do so and then follow up over the phone or in-person to ensure that the recipient understands my message and that we really are on the same page - and that we won't have to start all over again."12. Tell me your greatest weakness and what you are doing to improve in that area. Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position. Here is an answer example: "I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But I came to realize that I am working as part of a team of highly educated individuals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."13. Tell me what you consider your greatest strengths. Tell the interviewer your greatest strengths which will benefit you in this position specifically. Here is an answer example: "I am a quick learner, a hard worker and I am incredibly persistent. I do not hesitate to go above and beyond to get the work done, and I am more than available to work after hours if necessary to meet deadlines."14. How do you prioritize when simultaneously working on numerous projects? Answer this question by providing evidence of your time management skills. Here is an answer example: "I frequently work on multiple projects simultaneously, which I throughly enjoy. To make sure I meet deadlines, I identify the most pressing project and use to-do lists and a calendar to keep track of all upcoming duties and important events. I review my list every morning and at the end of each day to ensure the duties assigned were completed in a successful fashion. I also do not hesitate to work overtime if necessary."15. How do you or would you handle disputes within a team? This answer provides information as to your conflict resolution skills. Answer this question by outlining how you would take your colleagues points of view into consideration while respectfully expressing your position.
It is important to always remain respectful notwithstanding the disputes and always keep the company's best interests in mind. Here is an answer example: "Should conflict take place, I would listen to my colleagues to take their position into consideration, and would then politely explain my own position. The goal is for all team members to feel they are being heard, that they matter, and for the dispute to be resolved in a timely fashion."16. There me about yourself generally, and about your video producing experience specifically. Provide an overview of your professional experience while putting emphasis on your video producing experience as per the advertised position, proving you indeed have the qualifications required for this position.
Review the job description before your interview and answer this question by selecting some of the main duties on the posting and telling the interviewer you have performed these duties in the past, when and how. Here is an answer example: "I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at UCLA and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X video producing duties ]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable experience working for [X company] where I managed [X video producing duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X video producing duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."17. Why did you decide to pursue a career as a Video Producer? Provide an answer as to the reasons that led you to pursue a career as a Video Producer, and link this answer to the position you are applying for - so as to demonstrate your chosen career field/original career goal is in line with this role. Here is an answer example: "I decided to pursue a career as a Video Producer because I [X reasons for pursuing that career, such as having a passion for videos, production and the process to produce them]."18. How will working for our company help you reach your professional goals? Answer this question by telling the interviewer what seems great about the company, e.g., their services, initiatives, growth opportunities, and so on.
Make sure to answer by providing evidence that you did your due diligence before the interview (e.g., by mentioning something exciting you saw on the job posting, company website or social media pages), which demonstrates you are serious about working for this employer specifically and are not simply looking for any job. Link this evidence to your professional goals proving this position was made for you and it is one in which you will excel.
For instance, you can point to their seemingly friendly company culture as per some specific programs or initiatives you came across on their website, and say how friendly and how much of a team-player you are - and that this is exactly the type of work environment you are looking for. Here is an answer example: "I saw on your website that your company is participating in (X exciting initiative). This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I always seek the opportunity to demonstrate my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider part of my family."19. What producer do you admire the most? Review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the producers you will be working with as a Video Producer or producers the company has or will soon be working with. This is a way to show the interviewer you did your due diligence before the interview and that you are serious about this employer.
Ensure to answer by providing an example preferably included on the posting or company website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Also add the reasons why this is a favorite producer of yours. Alternatively simply mention why one of the producers listed on the job posting or company website/social media pages is a producer you look forward to working with the most. Here is an answer example: "My favorite producer is (X producer listed on the job posting) because (X reasons why you love him/her so much such as his/her high creativity level or other traits the employer is looking for in filling the position you applied for). Such a producer has inspired me to be even more creative. For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I (X detailed information regarding your increased creativity level)."20. What type of producer to you hope to eventually be? Tell the interviewer about your goals as a Video Producer related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity presents itself at another company.
It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered. Here is an answer example: "In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of professionals, so as to ultimately be recognized as a visionary in my field. I also saw on your website that you (X initiative/program that sparked your interest). This is a program/initiative I would also love to get involved in as I am extremely passionate about this program/initiative and I would love to lead such an initiative."21. What areas of entertainment do you specialize in? Ensure to do your due diligence before the interview by reviewing the job posting and company website/social media pages to familiarize yourself with the position, services offered at the company, and areas the company is specializing in.
Answer this question by mentioning you wish to work in the same areas of entertainment the employer is specializing in to demonstrate you have done your due diligence and wish to work for this employer specifically - and that you are not simply looking for just any job. Add the reasons why you wish to specialize in such areas. Here is an answer example: "I saw on your website that you specialize in (X areas of entertainment) and these are precisely the areas I wish to specialize in because (X reasons why, such as passion for these areas and why and/or related courses taken in university pertaining to these areas that sparked your interest)."22. What are your career goals? Tell the interviewer your career goals in ~seven years from now, e.g., where you see yourself, the position you would like to hold, whether you would be interested in keeping the same position for the long term, and so on.
Answer by emphasizing your desire to commit to one employer and grow within the organization. This will demonstrate your commitment to one organization and that you will not leave for a better opportunity. Here is an answer example: "In seven years from now, for instance, I hope to have grown within the same company and moved to a position involving more managerial duties, e.g., such as working as a Team Leader, which will enable me to have a greater impact on the success of the company. I wish to commit to one employer and have a long-term career as opposed to a job."23. What goals have you set for yourself this year? Tell the interviewer about your goals as a professional, related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity present itself at another company.
It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered. Here is an answer example: "I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to video production. I hope to become an expert in my field."24. What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a team work environment? Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the work involved. At the time of the interview, you should know whether this position entails mostly independent or team work. As such, should the position entails mostly team work, you should answer this question by emphasizing your love of team work and enjoying sharing/brainstorming ideas with team members.
Should you not answer adequately as per the duties involved, you may be automatically disqualified - for instance, if you answer you prefer independent work and dislike team work when applying for a position that mostly entails team related duties. Not only will this show you are unsuitable for this position as you did not do your due diligence beforehand (as you did not read the job posting before applying for the position nor before the interview), but the interviewer may also believe you are simply looking for any job without being serious about working for this company particularly. Here is an answer example: "I absolutely love team work and I pride myself on my team playing skills. I sincerely enjoy working with others and sharing ideas so as to come up with creative solutions and work toward a common goal. To contribute to a positive team environment, I (... X a situation when you, for instance, sought team members ideas in a project or promoted more effective communication channels so that each team member feels his/her voice is heard), while employed for (X company) as (X position title)."25. Give me an example of your decision making skills. The interviewer wants to ensure you have good decision making skills and that you are comfortable with duties involving decision making.
Answer this question by providing an example of your decision making skills in another position as for employers, past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior. Here is an answer example: "I pride myself on my excellent decision making skills. For instance, in my last role at (X company) as (X position title), I regularly had to make decisions on the spot for my clients (X further information pertaining to your decision making skills and how the situation in question improved as a result of your skills)."26. By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments. Answer this question by providing an example of a your adaptability. Preferably provide examples in a professional capacity. Alternatively, provide examples in a volunteer capacity or in a university setting. The interviewer wants to see resilience and an ability to move forward in the face of adversity. Here is an answer example: "At my last position, I have had to complete a project on a very short notice, as revised by a difficult client at the last minute. Notwithstanding the amount of work involved and the client's impatience, and the technical problems encountered along the way, I got to work immediately and ensured a high level of professionalism. I used numerous lists to keep track of the daily duties to be performed, and delegated some duties to ensure all expectations would be met. The project was completed by the deadline and the client was highly satisfied. This experience enabled me to learn how to adapt to unexpected situations and further develop my time management skills. Another example took place while working as (X position title) for (X company). I was responsible for (X related duties proving your ability to adapt to various situations, people and environments)."27. In your opinion, what skills are required to be successful as a Video Producer? Always review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits required from the successful incumbent.
Answer this question by mentioning some of the skills listed on the job posting, if outlined, and provide an example of these skills in a professional capacity. Alternatively, provide your top skills, which you believe will highly benefit you in this role, and provide an example of these skills in a professional setting, preferably related to the type of position you applied for. Here is an answer example: "The most important skills are having time management skills, dedication and hardworking capabilities, which I possess. These skills served me well in my last position at (X company name) where I was employed as a/an (X position title). In this role, I (X confirmation re: how/why your skills benefited you in this role)."28. What motivates you as a Video Producer? Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.
Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview. Here is an answer example: "What motivates me the most in my career is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to work with international producers and acquiring skills with clients of different cultures. I am extremely passionate about this career and look forward to becoming the best version of myself."29. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of. Tell the interviewer about the accomplishment you are the most proud of, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position you are applying for. Alternatively, provide any accomplishment in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting. Here is an answer example: "One accomplishment I am the most proud of is managing a very large project on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this project, such as the company name, and so on). As a result, I developed strong project and time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."30. Why should we hire you? Answer by emphasizing your greatest strengths against the advertised position. What do you pride yourself on the most? Which strengths will be, in your opinion, most beneficial to this role? Which will contribute to the company's success? Which strengths make you indispensable? Here is an answer example: "I am a hard worker who does not hesitate to go above and beyond to ensure successful completion of projects, and I am more than willing to take on duties beyond my original job scope. I sincerely believe the company's success is my success."
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