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!! 🔥🔥♥️♥️
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 :)
Wow this was great, Thank you!
Swapnanil Nag
I will really be glad if and helpful if you reply me sir ... I am in India ... And studing CGI and VFX it's my 1st year , I am studing it after my 12th , it's a 3 years course but ... It isn't a degree course , I always wanted to go to a BSC animation college but in my city there is not good college (and I am not able to go abroad for some reasons) Can u help me by saying what the qualifications are needed for working in UK or AmericaI will be really helpful if you reply me sir
Hassan Zameer
Till now, no dislike!... Hmmm... people wanna learn. Thanks sir
himalaya dwivedi
What is the salary of a matte painter ?
himalaya dwivedi
Thank you so much sir for help us <3
How do studios blacklist an artist? Is there a secret database that the owners sign up for? I am curious. Because a little bit of ego can ruin an artist's life? Please answer this, even as an anonymous user if you have to. I had a problem with a company that I worked for 6 years, build the entire pipeline for them, went from a smaller company to a larger one, then they turned against me due to egoistic managers, racially discriminated because they didnt have a clue who I was, and what I had done for this company. I threatened to sue them and left the company, even started to apply to become a cop, and I am still in training because I got tired of the backstabbing in our industry. I think I will be a cop in a year, training hard. Now, I dont care anymore. But I am still curious, in the mean time while I am undergoing my training, I want to accept a short contract here and there that I am getting asked. So I wonder, if blacklist really exist? or its just a fear mongering tactic. Some artists are treated very poorly that it really pisses me off. I stood up for my team, once and I was threatened with lay off. So many things that I wish that didnt exist in our industry. But as a business owner, please comment about the blacklist.
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