What do you expect from a candidate?
We love meeting candidates who are passionate about the work they do. We consider that an interview is an exchange of information and a good way to get to know the people we may come to work with. So we generally expect a professional, interesting, and productive interview process and appreciate candidates who ask questions and who show interest in our company, our projects, and our teams.
What are the essentials to put on the demo reel?
We want to see your best work! Showcase your strongest skills and explain what you have done by labeling your work accurately and including breakdowns when possible. 45 seconds to 1 minute is usually long enough for us.
"It was a fun surprise to have a pumpkin delivered to our homes! "
What would be the best advice for a freshly graduated candidate?
Focus on your demo reel, it tells us a lot about your talents, strengths and technical skills. A good attitude is a very valuable asset, especially in Junior artists. Your attitude speaks to your potential: your willingness to learn and grow, your work ethic and your values, and how easy it is to work with you.
What are the special things/ activities you organize to make the work environment pleasant for everyone?
The last year has been a difficult one for us all. At Cinesite we have been working remotely since March 2020 and our creative and dedicated Operations team has done a great job of keeping us connected and engaged. We have adapted our usual activities to make them more suitable to the remote context. For example at Halloween, Cinesite organized a pumpkin-carving competition, with photos shared internally and the winners declared after votes were cast online. It was a fun surprise to have a pumpkin delivered to our homes!
Could you give me a few tips on how to perform well in a Zoom interview?
Zoom interviews are not always ideal, so we make sure to uphold the same standard of professionalism as we would in an in-person interview: we make sure to start the interview on time, test our sound and camera, greet candidates warmly, and try to communicate as clearly as possible. In this sense, we expect the same from our candidates. We advise them to test the internet connection in advance, have enough battery to last the whole meeting, and if possible, that they set themselves up in a quiet space that is free of distractions. Finally, we know that technical issues can occur at any time, and we do our best to manage these situations so that the candidate is not impacted.