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!! 🔥🔥♥️♥️
Lukasz Fojcik
In one of video, You mentioned about music in a presentation and that this is one of the ''mistakes''. I have to admit that I am watching your videos one by one and I think your intro is too long and too loud. I am jumping directly to a moment after to avoid this intro.
Curve ball Questions are fun. I got one before that asked "if you were in a room and were trapped and no sound could escape how would you communicate with the outside world?" The answer was use a phone however my brain considered using the phone sound, so Their question stumped me.
Hi bro im from Algeria and as vfx artist there is no match work in her how i can get more work with ather studios in the industry of vfx in the world
Megavis ceo
Sir please send me a link where I can reach you want to have a one on chat with you, I am a 3D artist and I want to up my game around you. Tanks boss
Eight To Five Entertainment
What do you do when you are in an interview and the Interviewer looks at your Reel and say "You didn't create this work You downloaded a template"... But you really did do the work... you created the template from scratch... IMO that Employer isn't a good fit for you...
is there any guidlines for freshers who have passion in vfx ??????????? and is it possible to make VFX as career in india !!!!!!!!!!! :(
Riya Khan
Sir u didn't answer my question pls make video on technical interviews for 2d comp nd prep artist pls nd pls give us tips
Riya Khan
Hello sir, I m from India nd ve experience 10 year in vfx nd stereo both now searching job in London so please make technical interviews tips nd questions answerfor ( 2d artist paint nd comp )
Ilyass Fouad
Hi Allan , i hope you are well ......i am 3d animator from Morocco , and uselly we speack Frensh as a second language , my level of Englesh is averge so i can understand very well when someone speack to me , but talking is mush more difficulte , so i got a lot of interview , but i was not accepted , because i had meany stuff in my mind and didn't have a way to say it correctly , my question is , is it to late for me now ?...i mean they will say , no this guy we don't like him because he is not a good speacker ? thank you in advance .
Maria Zatorska
thank you so much! it is very helpful. Any advice going freelance without office experience?
SwanStar Designs
Thanks for this - very helpful! I'm wanting to change careers and get into the vfx industry, but this video was really helpful all round. The question I often find annoying in interviews is "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" I have to bite my tongue from saying "5 years closer to death", lol, but I think my answer would be: "Thinking back 5 years from now I'm really happy with the progress I've been making, and my hope is that in 5 years time I'll look back to now and be blown away by how far I've come." And I'll try to make it either general or more specific based on what the job is I'm getting interviewed for. I assume they're wondering if I'm just using the job as a stepping stone, or whatever. What do you think about this question? Is it something you ask? What answer would you be looking for?
Cursed Monk
AWESOME! very good information, and preparation before interview.thank you McKAY! I did not get the job however now i know how to act during interview, and i know that one day i will get a job!
Balduino IV
Allen, im just glad i found your channel, i have no words to express you how happy i am with all the things you´re doing for the vfx community Regards
S Earle
I submitted an application about four days ago for a job posted that same day. Is it too soon to send a follow-up email?
I’m a zbrush modeller, am I get any jobs in ur company , if there as apprentices???
First question on 0:25 is actually illegal is a lot of US states lol
Mina Kim
Really great tips!
S Earle
I can't believe that there are so many arrogant artists out there! I don't think I've ever badmouthed a company, especially in an interview but I do have a hard time not badmouthing the university that I went to.
Hello Allan, I'm french and next year I will go to a french school : ESMA. What do you guys think about schools like this? Many people say that these are great but I would like to know what you think about these :)