Interview Questions for TV Producers:
1. What, in your experience, is the most important quality in a TV producer?
Candidates should list either exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate a large crew over a long time, or good business acumen and the ability to get the most value out of a limited budget as essential qualities.
2. What is your approach to delegation of responsibility?
Candidates should acknowledge that they cannot oversee all aspects of a multifaceted job. They should compensate for this by ensuring that the people they work with are diligent and responsible to take over important duties and should motivate their subordinates to assume leadership roles.
3. What is the most difficult production problem you had to solve?
Candidates could list from a number of problems, including falling behind schedule or going over budget. Look for stories where candidates identified a problem, found a creative solution to it, and learned a valuable lesson about the production from it.
4. What do you look for in a script?
Shows approach and experience.
5. How do you select a director?
Tests knowledge of industry and insight.