VFX Job Interview Questions – Top 5 Tips (For 3D Artists)

In this video I answer the top 5 toughest VFX Job Interview Questions that you’re likely to run into. As we discuss not only what to say to these questions, but also the real meaning behind them — and why these job interview questions are asked in the first place.

This is not the corporate interviews that others experience, but actual design, games and VFX job interview questions that you’re likely to come up at, at actual VFX studios; what we’re typically trying to find out from you — as well as how to overcome a lot of the nerves and other insecurities we might experience going to job interviews. I break down the different type of job interviews you might experience in VFX, as well as in the games industry (and design); and how to discuss the subject of money: what the common mistakes people make and how to handle yourself as the best candidate for the job. There are even questions that shouldn’t be asked in the first place like: “How much money did you earn at your last job?” However, answering the question wrong — even simply dismissing the question — can show you in the wrong light.

So there are lots of canned responses I include, to be able to divert the questions and continue on with the discussion without any conflict or friction. Job interviews are not meant to be an interrogation – but a lot of us still feel uneasy about them. I want this to be a chance to communicate how I’ve handled job interviews in the past, how I handle them now, as well as how (as an employer) I interview, the mistakes I see happen regularly and what ideally are the best was to respond to these questions.

Finally, I made sure to include a lot of responses from many teams I’ve interviewed on my Podcast such as id Software, Image engine, ILM and others and their views on many of their candidates interviews as well. I hope you find this interesting!

QUICK QUESTION: What are the questions you have around job interviews, or specifically the questions you want to see how to answer? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for watching!



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Youtube comments:

Arjun Ghimire
It's crazy how we get to learn so much things regarding this field due to this amazing person ALLAN MCKAY!! 🔥🔥♥️♥️
Miguel Delgado
Thank you Allan!. You looks like Chris Pratt :)
Very helpful, thanks! Though 'not weird', whelp I'm out XD
Michael Akinfenwa
I like this video, very helpful and honest
Megha Garg
Thankyou so much sir for this vedio :)
Jean Paul Simard Godoy
Thank you!
Diogo Carrijo
That's gold! Thanks Allan!
btw do you have any similar video regarding "Money and Payment" in this industry? would like to hear your expertise on that.
Thanks for the help man.
Don Terrell
Great video Allan!! A lot of great insights for interviewing and not just for effects positions. Of course money always seems to be the big elephant in the room. Looking forward to your next video. Cheers.
Shay Neary
Invaluable as always. Off topic question, when are your old time limited tutorials going to be available for purchase? Venom etc
Edmundas Pilvelis
Great insights that should be common sense, but some how gets forgotten of low self worth and fears
rishi gajbhiye
hey allan, great job its very awesome
Karim Bouihdel
Very nice Video Allan, thanks a lot for charing your experience and also to share your time with us
Greo G
Hey Allan, very useful and doubt-killer. I swallowed the video like good food, thanks for your effort.
Aditya khati
Hello Allan I was about to Mail you regarding a question but then I thought my question could help others also if i post it here. I am an aspiring VFX compositor. what skills should I polish? and is there a need for a compositor to learn sketching? Thanks
Mahmoud Hamdy
Thank you Allan for your effort..
Galina Yakovleva
Is this a good idea to ask questions about any differences between the company's deadlines and basic project shedules? I mean, working a whole week for 12 hours, spending days literally in front of a screen, how rush affects on salary or anything around that topic?Thank you very much for your video! It is very helpfull and encouraging.
Matt Skonicki
Awesome video sir :)
E. Z
Awesome video almost every tough question asked in an interview was covered Thanks Allan for sharing all your experience.I learned a lot from your videos.