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How do you handle working under very close supervision?

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  1. 1.

    How do you handle working under very close supervision?

      The term 'close supervision' can be code for the dreaded micromanagement word! If the interviewer asks a question similar to this in your interview, you should dig deeper and find out how they interpret close supervision to be. The best way to answer this question is to give an example of a time that you worked closely with a boss, professor, or someone in a position of authority. Then, finish your reply by asking what they mean by close supervision. It is your responsibility to ensure that the workplace culture marries well with your own needs an employee.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My boss is in another city, but we work closely through daily emails or meetings via Google Hangout. I am close with my team but do not hover over them when it is time to get the job done. I believe in offering employees room to work. Do you believe in close supervision here? And, if so - could you further clarify what that looks like in your day to day operations?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe in boundaries in the workplace, so I certainly do not want, or need, someone checking in with me every 5 minutes. With that said, I am a fantastic employee, so you will not feel the need to supervise my every move. When you speak of close supervision, are you referring to micromanaging, or are you speaking of close working relationships?"

  2. 2.

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

      The Met Office is all about collaboration, and the hiring authority wants to know that you are, too! Think about a project or two, where you worked closely with co-workers from other departments. Talk to the interviewer about the types of people you worked alongside (job titles, seniority, etc.) and then point out what you learned. Be sure to reference the fact that collaboration is something that you enjoy.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role, I work with the department heads and other senior management in the Digital Content department. I also work alongside many content writers, who often vary, depending on the style or nature of the work. For the most part, the projects are for our website, app, and social media platforms. I believe that cross-departmental collaboration, when done right, is what can set a company apart from its competition. When all creative minds work together as one, incredible things can happen!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a recent graduate, the bulk of my cross-collaboration is with other students, groups within my university, or one-on-one project partnerships. I enjoy collaboration as it allows people to pass ideas around, working together on one important goal. I look forward to working with the various departments within the Met Office and getting to know a few of your teams!"

  3. 3.

    What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

      There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you know and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you. This question is an excellent opportunity to ask what programs you will be using in this new role. When the hiring authority divulges this information, ask if there are resources available for you to get a head start. This initiative will impress the interviewer and show them that you are not afraid to put a bit of hard work in before you even know if the job is yours!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My current company uses Slack for most projects. Slack stands for 'Searchable Log of Al Conversation and Knowledge,' which helps describe why it's so useful for a sales team. All knowledge of clients, products, and projects are at our fingertips. Which team-based applications do you use here?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Currently, I used Google Hangout for most team-based communications. I have also used Trello for helping our sales team to keep track of projects. I know that you use Google Hangout as well, from our first video interview, but I would love to learn more about the applications you use here."

  4. 4.

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

      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 the Met Office, should I be your successful candidate."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a recent graduate of the Broadcasting and Production program, I have gained valuable knowledge of 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."

  5. 5.

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

      If you are new to your career in broadcasting or media, the idea of pitching may make you feel weak in the knees. If you have the experience, you may still feel the nerves but are calmed by the knowledge that you have nailed the formula of a compelling presentation.

      Wherever you are in your career, the interviewer would like to know if you will enter this role, ready to pitch excellent ideas to the Met Office and their internal departments. Be sure to touch on the fact that you are confident, creative, and persuasive by nature.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have pitched ideas numerous times in my career; whether it be for online content ideas, digital marketing methods, or social media campaigns. I believe that part of what makes me so valuable to my employer is my ability to jump into any meeting with confidence and present my ideas with enthusiasm."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am newer to my career; however, I gained a lot of experience in presenting and delivering pitches while attending post-secondary education. What I learned in University is that with some research, robust data, and a dash of creativity, I can pitch anything, as long as I have the right framework in place. I recently completed a course by Oren Klaff on Pitch Mastery, which I believe will benefit the Met Office greatly when it comes to my future involvement in pitch meetings."

  6. 6.

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

      Today, live broadcasts can include cable news, shows for entertainment, live streaming for apps like IGTV and Parascope, or even podcasts. Walk the interviewer through your experience working on real-time broadcasts. Discuss some of the challenges that come with live broadcasting, and how you can readily overcome these challenges because of your knowledge and expertise.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have twelve years of experience working on live broadcasts, beginning with my local cable news network, and then into a global news operation. I have seen many changes occur over the years with the introduction of live streaming, and the challenges that come with it, including audience targeting, audience building, and the ever-increasing need for engaging content. I am confident that my broad range of experiences will be beneficial to the team at the Met Office."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I recently graduated with my degree in Broadcasting and had the opportunity to complete my internship with Cable News XYZ. During this 12 week internship, I learned a great deal about writing fundamentals for live media, talent management, and the basics of field reporting. Being so hands on, I was able to learn a fair amount regarding the challenges that live broadcasts face, and how to overcome them."

  7. 7.

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

      The interviewer wants to see that you readily have insight when it comes to audience engagement in the weather reporting industry. The Met Office 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 the Met Office, the first place I would look is where your target audience spends their most time, which I believe to be online and social media. I would create a unique hashtag along with a contest for free tickets to a show or another coveted prize. I would use this contest as an opportunity to create a conversation around the Met Office success, reliability, and longevity as a trusted source for weather."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe in a multi-channel approach, so I would begin by collaborating with the Met Office 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."

  8. 8.

    What is the worst thing you have heard about working for the Met Office?

      The interviewer would like to know if you have any reservations about joining their organization. Discuss with the interviewer the impression you have had in regards to the Met Office. Do you have any red flags or hesitations? If you do, it is a great idea to express this to the interviewer so that they have a chance to clarify. Be respectful and non-accusatory. Keep your question as light as possible while still getting the answer you need to make yourself comfortable.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For the most part, I have had a great impression of your company. After researching your organization online, I did read a couple of reviews from previous employees claiming that it was difficult to move up in the organization. Can you clarify that for me?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "You mentioned earlier that your biggest pain point is the employee turnover in this department for the past two years. I have also seen some negative online reviews from disgruntled employees. Could you share with me the current action steps your organization has taken to combat this ongoing issue?"

  9. 9.

    Tell me about yourself.

      When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be challenging to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may have accidentally gone a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question offers an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a very active individual who loves to workout and goes to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my work during the week. I have a high amount of energy to offer, and am even more cheerful when the phone rings! It must be that fresh mountain air."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a passionate, excited team player who loves to learn on the fly, take the lead when possible, and I have a proven track record of success. I'm loyal and have shown that through my decade-long career at one employer. I have risen through their ranks, and am ready to take on the next challenge. Outside of work, I love to travel and do DIY projects in my home."

  10. 10.

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

      It is vital to the Met Office that you offer flexibility in your schedule. Since the weather never stops changing, neither will the Met Office and their weather 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 and weather programming, I fully understand that I should take the types of roles offered to me at this time. If the Met Office has overnight shifts with some overtime, weekends, and holidays then count me in. I am looking forward to carving out a career with the Met Office and have no issue starting where I am needed."

  11. 11.

    Describe to me the types of digital media you are most experienced with.

      There are a plethora of digital media forms today, and the interviewer would like a breakdown of the ones with which you are most familiar. Some types of digital media include images, video, gamification of many kinds, social media, websites, online channels, and more. Speak to the forms of digital media you are most experienced with while being sure to address the types listed in the Met Office job description.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role, I work primarily with online channels such as YouTube and IGTV, creating video content. I also have experience working on projects related to gamification ads. I saw in the Met Office job posting that you were looking for someone with in-depth knowledge with IGTV and Insta Stories for marketing. I would rate my knowledge in this area an 8 out of 10, leaving me very confident that I would meet your requirements."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "While completing my degree in Digital Marketing, I learned a great deal about digital media production and design for video and web platforms. Most of my experience is with creating compelling video ads, and shorts for use online and on social media."

  12. 12.

    Weather reporting is always changing. When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?

      Being able to problem solve and think outside the box when it comes to changing situations is a valuable skill set in the weather reporting industry. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to create a variety of potential scenarios. You may never need to take on these scenarios; however, it's excellent for the interviewer to know that you can adapt your plan on the fly.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I love having contingency plans. It's important for a weather team to understand that ideally, we are going to report on 'X,' but if that fails, we need to be ready to hop on and make sure that 'Y' happens. It takes out the uncertainty, and is sure to prepare everyone to adapt if a problem should arise."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Nothing is a guarantee in weather reporting, that is one thing I know for sure. I always create 'what-ifs' because I know that plans change quickly, especially where there are multiple variables at hand. Plan B is always ready to go."

  13. 13.

    At the Met Office, we aim to be as accurate as possible when reporting the weather. Do you always double check or proofread your work?

      The interviewer would like to know if you are the type to proofread your work before submitting it. Double checking and proofreading are vital parts of a job well done. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to presenting good, clean, work.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Error-free work is what my employer pays me to deliver. I triple-check everything before it goes out, including passing my emails through a grammar and spelling application."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I aim to send perfect work; however, in today's quick response age, I know that I send emails with mistypes from time to time. I concentrate very well on reports and presentations, and I do ask other people to review important letters or emails before sending them."

  14. 14.

    Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

      The interviewer would like to know how much emphasis you put on pay when considering a new position. In addition to compensation, there are many other factors in a fulfilling career.

      These other factors may include:

      - work/life balance
      - amount of travel involved in the role
      - overall medical and health benefits
      - additional perks such as car allowance, cell allowance, spending account
      - the industry you will be working in
      - amount of vacation time
      - the type of clients you would be working with
      - the location of the company
      - career growth opportunity
      - the size of your new team
      - the company's reputation
      - overall workplace culture

      Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job. If you are not sure on details for this role, you can ask!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "At this point in my career, I am looking to join a media and broadcast department that will allow me to work on more significant projects and with more robust tech and applications. Compensation is a driver, of course, but not the only one."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am earning my way through University right now, so the two most important factors to me are flexibility in my schedule, and the opportunity to earn a fair wage. I am available evenings and weekends but come next semester; I will be available during most afternoons."

  15. 15.

    How do you go about fact checking, and researching sources?

      In publishing and broadcasting, no matter which genre or medium you're involved in, it's essential that you check for facts before hitting that proverbial publish button. Now, more than ever, a company can receive significant backlash from posting or publishing anything misleading or untrue. Discuss the steps that you take to verify facts and sources for all content.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "At this point in my media career it's much easier for me to weed out an unreliable source versus a reputable one. When I first began my career; however, I trusted that many sources were credible, not accounting for the fact that there is so much fake news out there. Now, I triple check against our library of content and online. Before any piece of content goes out, I will send it to our professional editor for a final once-over."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will dig deeper into any sources, quotes, statistics, and do my best to find where they originated. If I cannot find the original source, I simply will not use the source."

  16. 16.

    Considering your broadcast background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?

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  17. 17.

    Where do you see your career one year from now?

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  18. 18.

    What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?

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  19. 19.

    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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  20. 20.

    The media industry has many tight deadlines. How do you manage your time, ensuring that your deadlines are met?

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  21. 21.

    Walk me through your experience in the television and/or radio industry.

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  22. 22.

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

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  23. 23.

    The Met Office strives to be first in all we do. How do you stay ahead in the latest broadcast and media trends?

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  24. 24.

    Market research is essential to the Met Office to help us understand where to take our business in the years to come. Rate your research skills from 1-10. Do you enjoy conducting research?

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  25. 25.

    The media and weather reporting industry are fast moving and ever-changing. How do you stay on top of changes and trends?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

    Great data visualization will present weather data in a convincing way. How do you improve human perception when presenting data?

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  28. 28.

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

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  29. 29.

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

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  30. 30.

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

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