Why Do You Want To Work For This Studio?

Obviously, the interviewer is asking you this question to test your knowledge of their company and to see how much research you’ve actually done before the interview. With this question, the right answer is ultimately going to come down to your individual situation and preferences; however it’s important to choose an answer which shines you in the best possible light. For example, it’s probably not a good idea to say that you want to work that studio because you know they’ve got amazing benefits packages – and they give their staff 30 days holiday per year. Instead, a better answer would be to say that you’ve got enormous respect for the studio and you’re a big fan of their work (name drop some examples) – and that you feel your specific skills and expertise, such as A, B and C would be a great fit for their studio.

What Is Your Favorite Piece In Your Portfolio/Demo Reel & Why?

While this question is similar to the ‘weakest’ one, it’s also a bit different. Why? Because with this question, the employer is asking what your favorite piece is, not you’re strongest, so they’re obviously interested in hearing about your feelings and thoughts. When answering this question, consider which piece holds the best memories and which piece you’re particularly proud of.

Remember; with this one, they’re asking you about your favorite piece, so you don’t necessarily have to pick the piece which is classed as the most successful or the most effective. With this question, the employer is looking to get an insight into who you are as an individual – so whichever piece you choose, be sure to have solid reasons to back up your choice.

Where Do Your Strengths Lie As An Animator?

Again, with this question the employer is looking to see how well you know yourself as an animator and a candidate. A great tactic when answering this question is to look at the job spec/advert and see which skills they’re looking for which you actually possess – and then be sure to combine these into your answer. For example, if they’re looking for someone who’s a pro with 3D applications such as Maya and ZBrush, if you’re pretty confident with them, you could always name these as your biggest strengths.

With this answer, it’s always a good idea to name a few strengths which reflect your technical ability and some of your softer skills too.

What Has Been The Biggest Challenge Of Your Career So Far?

With this question the employer wants to hear about how you’ve been challenged in your career and what you’ve learnt from these experiences. When compiling your answer for this question, it’s a good idea to try and choose a challenge which relates to the role you’re being interviewed for because this will show the employer that you’re capable of overcoming the challenges which might crop up in this role. When considering which challenge to choose, consider which have been the most challenging and stressful periods/projects of your career – and which you learnt the most from. It’s also a good idea to choose a challenge which shines you in a good light – and one which you’ve actually learnt from.

What Is Your Current Favorite Animated Film & Why?

With this final question, an employer is looking to get an insight into which you are as an individual and how you appreciate the animated work of others. Again, with this question, the right answer will depend on your individual preferences, however if you’re being interviewed for an animation job with a major studio such as DreamWorks or Aardman Animations, it’s probably a good idea to choose one of their films to win you extra brownie points.

Try to remember about the films you learned whilst in the animation institute in Kolkata. Those references can be very helpful.

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