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  1. 1.

    Name for me one effective method for driving audience engagement in the television industry.

      The interviewer wants to see that you readily have insight when it comes to audience engagement in the television industry. ABC News is all about leveraging multiple channels to drive engagement. Discuss one approach you would take for increasing audience engagement if you were the successful candidate.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If given the opportunity to drive audience engagement for ABC News, the first place I would look is where a younger audience spends their most time, which I believe to be Instagram. I would create a unique hashtag along with a contest for free tickets to a release party or another coveted prize. I would use the opportunity to create a conversation around ABC News special or broadcast."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe in a multi-channel approach, so I would begin by collaborating with ABC News social media and digital departments to make engaging 15-second videos, like a series of teasers, for publishing on IGTV, YouTube, and other social networking sites where video content is king."

  2. 2.

    The news runs 24/7. How do you feel about an overnight shift, working on weekends, and holidays?

      It is vital to ABC News that you offer flexibility in your schedule. Since the news never stops, neither will ABC News and their news reporting efforts. Discuss your calendar with the interviewer, highlighting any limitations that you may have. Be as flexible as possible, showing that you are a team player.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role, I worked the overnight shift for eight years. Through my tenure and solid news programming work, I earned a seat in the daytime news operation. This shift is my preference for any roles moving forward. With that said, I have no issue working overtime or jumping into the odd overnight shift to help out my team."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Being new to my career in news programming, I fully understand that I should take the types of roles offered to me at this time. If ABC News has overnight shifts with some overtime, weekends, and holidays then count me in. I am looking forward to carving out a career with ABC News and have no issue starting where I am needed."

  3. 3.

    Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.

      Many hiring managers will choose one candidate over another because of their volunteer experience. They feel that it shows strong character and selflessness - all qualities that make a great employee. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to give back to your community in some form of volunteerism. If you do not have formal volunteer experience, you can draw on things you do in your spare time to assist friends, family, or even your current employer.

      If you do have volunteer experience: "For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you do not have volunteer experience: "I have not formally volunteered in these most recent years, however; I spend a lot of time helping my sister who is a single mom. I will babysit on weekends, cook dinners for her and drive the kids to appointments when necessary. I feel that it is imperative to take care of the needs of the family."

  4. 4.

    What are the most important components to a successful live production?

      Live productions can get anyone's blood flowing, and heart racing, as there is very little room for error. The interviewer would like to know that you understand everything that goes into a successful live show; whether it be for cable news, live streaming, a live podcast, or even a television show with a live audience. Discuss what you know about the keys to a successful live show.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that the key to a successful live production is to know your audience, know your topic, and know your limitations. It's when a production tries to deliver too much, too fast, things fall apart. It's vital that before beginning, you have an idea of who you are targeting with your content, and sticking to that viewer profile all the way through. Do not stray, and face the fall of delivering a confusing or off-brand message."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Planning every detail beforehand is one of the most important components to a successful live production. Also, I believe that last minute changes can railroad a lot of things, so it's important to avoid those as well. There is little room for error so, having a solid plan in place, is everything!"

  5. 5.

    How do you think that online media has changed traditional print and broadcast media approaches in the past 10 years?

      This industry is ever-changing, and all types of media outlets have been scrambling to keep up with the introduction of online media. Talk to the interviewer about your insights when it comes to the changes you have witnessed in traditional media since the introduction of online media.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Online media has changed the way we digest information. Most people look for content online because it's fast and we can read the opinions of others which helps us to form our own. This content is both convenient and dangerous at times as it doesn't necessarily promote free thought. I think that traditional print media has become lighter and more entertainment-driven because of this."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that online media has rapidly increased the amount of content that we feel we need in a day. Where it used to be that our parents would watch or read the local news once every morning or evening, we are now constantly logging in, and looking for updates on stories that may not even directly affect us. This response means that newspapers are often struggling with sales, and we have global 24/7 news channels."

  6. 6.

    Are you applying for any other jobs?

      ABC News would like to know if they will need to compete with other companies when it comes to hiring you. It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far without disclosing every single detail.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am keeping an eye out for viable positions. Although I am not in the final stages with any other broadcast company, I am actively seeking a new position."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am applying to other jobs, and am actively interviewing. I do have a strong interest in your role and am wondering what your timeline looks like for the next round of interviews?"

  7. 7.

    What is the key to success when creating programs that communicate with the public?

      When you are working on content meant for public consumption, it's vital that you keep in mind the ways that you will deliver the material, the tone you want to convey in your messaging, and who you wish to reach. Talk to the interviewer about what you believe to be the key to success when creating programs that need clear communication to the public.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The right form of communication is vital to any successful broadcast or production. I believe that the most important factors include actively polling and listening to your viewers, having a clear vision when it comes to tone, and also garnering strong community. When the public feels they are a part of something important, and that you are speaking their language, they are much more likely to engage with your programming."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The absolute key to success, in my opinion, is to create community buy-in. When the public is engaged, the people will tell you what they want to see more of, allowing you to better communicate with them from the start. I believe in listening, comprehending, retaining core ideas, clearly sharing your own, and responding constructively."

  8. 8.

    What questions do you have for me?

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the ABC News website and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely watching a video on their company site!

      Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is ABC News primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the most significant change in the news industry over the past three years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Thank you for asking! A couple of questions come to mind. What do you see as the biggest challenge ABC News will be facing in the next 12 months? Also, what is your employee turnover rate, and could you tell me a bit about the retention plan you currently have in place?"

  9. 9.

    Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

      The interviewer would like to know about your relationship with your most recent employer. Be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My previous boss and I had a great working relationship. We were in sync when it came to accomplishing things we needed to do in our department. We scheduled weekly touch base meetings to stay current on our progress and address any issues that came up along the way. I learned a lot from them on leadership while adding great value to the team."

  10. 10.

    In your opinion, what is the most influential form of media today?

      Have a meaningful conversation with the interviewer on media influence. With so many forms of media out there, which do you feel is the most influential at the moment? Be sure to back your answer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that the most influential form of media today is social media and online content. As a whole, the human race wants fast, easy to consume, entertainment news. Our rate of consumption is unprecedented, and the fastest way to access it is through online content sharing."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are many important forms of media today - so many, in fact, that people seem to be getting overwhelmed. I would still say that traditional media, in the form of television and the daily news, is at the top when it comes to the number of people influenced and the quality of the content being distributed."

  11. 11.

    If you could pitch an idea for a news segment today, what would it be?

      The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from your resume. Since there are multiple areas of interest when it comes to the news (current events, sports, politics, etc.), ABC News wants to uncover what sparks and motivates you the most. Discuss an idea you would pitch for a news show today if you had full control. Be sure to show excitement and enthusiasm!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I love to pitch show ideas, and I have a running document with ideas that come to me throughout the day. I am working on smoothing a few of them out right now. One of these ideas is a show on emerging female athletes in our region. I believe there are so many talented girls out there who could use an extra boost of funding and community support. If you're interested, I would be happy to flesh that idea out further and formally pitch it once I begin working for ABC News."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would love to gain more experience when it comes to pitching news segments. I am very dedicated when it comes to political topics and reporting. I would pitch a news segment giving viewers an insiders' look at how campaigns are built and won. I find this topic fascinating and am sure your audience would as well."

  12. 12.

    Do you have a well-established network of contacts in the television industry? If so, how did you go about building this network?

      The hiring authority at ABC News wants to see that you are actively involved in pursuing a healthy and well-networked career within the television and broadcasting industry. Discuss what you do to network, to get your name 'out there' and to meet new and exciting people. Show that you are social and interested in building a life-long career within media and entertainment.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have been in the broadcast news industry for eight years now and make a point to attend at least a couple of industry events every month. It's my nature to open up a conversation with people new to me, as I am curious about their career path and their connections. The first gig I ever landed in the industry was through networking, so I am a big believer in the impact of building a robust network."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was able to get my foot in the door for this interview at ABC News by letting people in my network know that I was seeking out new opportunities. It certainly helps to have a secure network when passively seeking new career paths. I build my network by nurturing relationships through trust, connecting regularly, and staying involved in events throughout the year."

  13. 13.

    Do you have experience sourcing and approving equipment for productions, such as props, lights, and costumes?

      The interviewer would like to see the extent of your knowledge and ability related to working with and communicating with vendors, and also the production team. If you have experience sourcing and approving equipment for productions of any sort, discuss what your tasks were and how you remained organized and on deadline. If you do not have experience sourcing and approving production needs, speak to your ability to maintain quality standards, high levels of organization, and clear communication with others.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have sourced and approved equipment for dozens of productions every year. For myself, the key to success is having close and trusting relationships with the vendors who provide items such as props and costumes. When you treat vendors well, they will always give your production top priority. Over the years I have amassed a great network for equipment and other production needs. I am happy to bring those relationships over to ABC News, should I be your successful candidate."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a recent graduate of the Broadcasting and Production program, I have gained valuable knowledge on sourcing production equipment, building vendor relationships, and performing contract negotiations. My communication style is professional and personable, allowing me to make great relationships with your existing vendors, competitive sourcing options, and keeping projects well-organized at the same time."

  14. 14.

    Have you ever managed or helped with a content budget? If so, what type of budgets are you accustomed to working with?

      Before your interview, take some time to gather data related to the budgets you have worked with, and the times when you have come in under budget. This way, you will be prepared with specifics when asked about your budgetary experience.

      The interviewer wants to see that you have great insight when it comes to being budget conscious. Appropriate planning is one of the keys to a successful project, so be sure to discuss the steps that you take to plan a project's dollar spend carefully.

      Every dollar counts, even if you are working for a massive company like ABC News! If you do not have experience in budget management, refer to the fact that you are responsible and resourceful.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Most of the budgets that I have worked within are spread amongst a variety of digital production and creative costs. I have worked on budgets as small as $5,000 and as large as $15M. No matter the size of the budget, it's incredibly important that every dollar is treated as though it's my own; being wisely allocated and accounted for."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although my experience does not yet include budget management, I have made recommendations on cost savings when it comes to content writing, video production, and talent acquisition. I feel that with the right training, and some more work experience, I will be ready to assist with content budgeting in no time."

  15. 15.

    How often do you take work home with you?

      The interviewer would like to know if you work additional hours when necessary. The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to bring your work home.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I make sure to utilize my work hours very efficiently, so the only time that I take my work home is when there is an extremely stringent deadline. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe twice per month. It's all about being diligent with your time in the office!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In broadcasting and television, one must always be willing to work whenever the creative moment hits you. I have a notebook with memos on my current projects that I often add ideas to at all hours of the day and night."

  16. 16.

    Think of a time you had to gather information from multiple sources. How did you determine which data was relevant and reliable?

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  17. 17.

    Do you prefer to be behind the scenes or in the limelight?

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  18. 18.

    How is social media changing the way people consume news, today? What can ABC News do to remain relevant?

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  19. 19.

    Why would a consumer choose ABC News over other companies offering news & video streaming services?

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  20. 20.

    ABC News strives to be first in all we do. How do you stay ahead in the latest television trends?

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  21. 21.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  22. 22.

    How has on-demand video streaming changed the way you consume news content?

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  23. 23.

    How do you stay up-to-date on current events, sports, and general news topics? Which news sources do you follow?

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  24. 24.

    Have you ever had to pitch an idea? If so, how was your presentation received?

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  25. 25.

    Market research is vital to ABC News to help us understand where to take our production in the years to come. Rate your research skills from 1-10. Do you enjoy conducting research?

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  26. 26.

    What methods do you use, to work within a brand's voice consistently?

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  27. 27.

    Walk me through your experience working alongside other network departments including Marketing, Ad Sales, Press, Research, Digital, and Social.

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  28. 28.

    What experience do you have working on live broadcasts for public entertainment?

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  29. 29.

    When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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  30. 30.

    Who is your favorite ABC News journalist, and why?

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