Tips for production assistant interviews.

Get new comments by email
You can cancel email alerts at anytime.
Comments (12)

Host

Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming production assistant interview?

Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

Reply - Report abuse

P.A. BOOTCAMP STAFF in Los Angeles, California

73 months ago

If you have any question, or would like further information, please email us at drillinstructor@pabootcamp.com
Thank You for you interest.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (24) Reply - Report abuse

P.A. BOOTCAMP STAFF in Los Angeles, California

73 months ago

Host said: Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming production assistant interview?

Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

We do cover "the interview process" at camp. And YES, in fact there are several interview questions that do come up again and again, from interview to interview. Whether you are interviewing for office p.a. or set p.a. there are some questions that are a bit on the same side. But an office p.a. doesn't work on set, and a set p.a. doesn't work in the office, so the questions are not entirely alike.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (7) / No (30) Reply - Report abuse

Conrad in West Covina, California

57 months ago

I have read many comments comming from your company posted among many PA forums. I find name dropping in our industry very petty and with your companies unprofessional attitude associating different movies with your little camp might slap you a lawsuit. You are giving your company a bad reputation.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (7) / No (2) Reply - Report abuse

Keisean Raines in Long Beach, California

57 months ago

Conrad in West Covina, California said: I have read many comments comming from your company posted among many PA forums. I find name dropping in our industry very petty and with your companies unprofessional attitude associating different movies with your little camp might slap you a lawsuit. You are giving your company a bad reputation.

I agree Conrad. The best PA is the person who knows their place in relation to the rest of the Crew and frankly that is at the BOTTOM of the totem pole. A PA's role is simple to do EVERYTHING and to say NOTHING unless otherwise instructed. A person with an ability to stand for very long hours, in rain, heat and any other extreme weather or environmental conditions that may become part of the production. TV seems to be a little easier than film because the production schedules are much less grueling.

Name dropping is a common misconception because if you were really that connected, then you wouldn't be interviewing for a PA position in the first place.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (6) Reply - Report abuse

Thompkin in Vienna, Virginia

57 months ago

I'm a typical Australian in many ways, and looking at thetitle and answers, I don't really see how the tips are flowing here?
So here's my effort.
1/ Be prepared to be worked, you are a shoelace up from a runner but depending on experience you can be identified as a prospect.

2/ Different experiences be them good or bad will mould you into a realible personality on set. Some prefer quiet but never reserved personalities; while others want to see drive and inititive, this doesn't mean bossy and pushy.

3/ Mandy. com IS a useful tool, remember experience conts and sadly for every ego lef moron there will be a few seriously talented people. Experience is key and this will show when talking to those that interview you for crew positions.

4/ Know when to draw a line, even if it means standing up for yourself, at the end of the day don't lose your self respect, some do push and don't care, they virtually always remain no hiher than co-ordinators and that's usually on low budget projects.

5/ Lastly try to aim to perfect skills and language in general, a co-ordinator in the office core is different to one on set, often a step away from floor manager.

Hope these are helpful.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (9) / No (3) Reply - Report abuse

Jimmy Casino in Canyon Country, California

52 months ago

P.A. BOOTCAMP STAFF in Los Angeles, California said: If you have any question, or would like further information, please email us at drillinstructor@pabootcamp.com
Thank You for you interest.

Advise for a over 10 yrs. experience person in production support,from production rental house foreman,freelance #1 PA driver(class A CDL), on set PA,grip exp.also have trained new PA's for production co. lost some contacts due to working production in AZ.need contact help,or would you willing to interview for position at your boot camp training

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (4) Reply - Report abuse

Jim in Downey, California

39 months ago

Check out the film industry's first review site to find the best vendors to work with on you next shoot. You will look like a genius when you find the best companies based on reviews from your peers! (www.productioncritic.com)

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (1) / No (2) Reply - Report abuse

minney532@yahoo.com

37 months ago

Host said: Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming production assistant interview?

Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

you should go to this website www.pabible.com and get this book. i did and now i feel like a professional.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (5) / No (4) Reply - Report abuse

SuperPABible in New York, New York

37 months ago

You can check out www.pabible.com for a new Production Assistant Bible. It penetrates the psychology of the film and television industry and focuses on creating a new breed of Super PA....

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (3) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

SuperPABible in New York, New York

37 months ago

Interview tips:

Dress appropiately and that doesn't mean a 3 piece suit.

If you are interviewing for a set PA position you can wear a pol shirt, blue levi jeans and a pair of comfortable sneakers.

You can wear the same outfit for an office PA interview but instead of jeans you should wear khakis.

It's good practice to study up on the company interviewing you via google or IMDB

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (4) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

SuperPABible in New York, New York

37 months ago

Interview tips (continued):

Make sure you have an updated resume with you with work experience relevant to the position that you're interviewing for. Your resume should be no more than one page and MUST NOT contain any typos. You may need to have a few different resumes typed up depending on the position being applied for.

Carry a pen and pad with you to take notes during the interview. It also serves as a good way to write down questions that you may be able to ask later on during the interview. On top of that it shows the interviewer that you mean business.

Business cards allow you to step things up a notch and I highly recommend getting some made. www.vistaprint.com allows you to create free basic business cards and you'll simply pay for shipping and handling. I recommend upgrading the quality of your cards once you begin making money.

So after you give the interviewer your resume and business card you must keep your body language in check and keep your gestures minimal when discussing a topic.

Be sure to maintain eye contact and be truthful and confident in your answers. If you're asked a question about a certain skill set needed that you don't have you shouldn't tap out just yet, you can always let the interviewer know that you're very competent and you're a fast learner.

After every interview you'll most likely be asked if you have any questions and I would suggest having at least three go to questions to ask.

After the interview is completed I would recommend asking the interviewer for his/her email address if you don't already have it and send them a "Thanks for taking your time to interview me" email when you get back home. This adds an extra flare to your already flawless interview and leaves a lasting impression.

For more info you can contact me at superpabible@gmail.com or check out the Production Assistant Bible at www.pabible.com

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (19) / No Reply - Report abuse

» Sign in or create an account to comment on this topic.