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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published June 8th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What can Salem do best, for an up and coming Christian author?
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Salem Media would like to get an idea of the ways you feel they could support authors. Discuss with them what you believe to be their responsibilities in this collaboration but also discuss how you will hold up your portion of the duties. How can Salem best ensure an author's success, and what are you willing to do to make sure you support their efforts?
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1.
What can Salem do best, for an up and coming Christian author?
Salem Media would like to get an idea of the ways you feel they could support authors. Discuss with them what you believe to be their responsibilities in this collaboration but also discuss how you will hold up your portion of the duties. How can Salem best ensure an author's success, and what are you willing to do to make sure you support their efforts?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"For an up and coming author, I believe that Salem could help by not only helping to sell a book or manuscript but also to teach the author about the industry and how to navigate its ins and outs. Negotiating lucrative contracts is another important aspect for Salem to handle. As an experienced publishing professional, I know first hand how challenging it is for an author to fight for their work and its worth."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As an up and coming author myself, I believe what Salem could best do for a new author is to teach them how to navigate the publishing industry. In turn, I believe that new authors could better deliver their work, spending less energy on negotiating and editing, and more energy focused on their creative craft."
2.
Salem Radio Network controls a variety of radio stations. List a few of these for me.
This question is meant to test the amount of research you did on Salem Media before your interview. If you go into the meeting to 'wing it'; chances are, a question like this will reveal how engaged you are in the interview process. Most media companies run a variety of radio stations and, in Salem's case, they have over 115 of them! Bonus points if you mention a radio station of theirs that you listen to most often.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that Salem Radio Network has an interest in a variety of media solutions, including over 115 radio stations across sectors such as SRN Talk, SRN 24 Hour Christian Music, and SRN News. The station that I am most familiar with, and listen to in my car every day is Singing News Radio. I appreciate the uplifting and energetic Southern Gospel music. There is a lot of variety, and the commercial-free hour while I am on my commute home from work!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Salem Radio Network has an impressive radio portfolio which includes Today's Christian Music, Singing News Radio, and The Word in Praise. I was most impressed to read that you recently won awards for your Sirius XM Christian Talk radio station. I look forward to joining your successful Christian media powerhouse."
3.
Name for me your three favorite books, and why they are your favorite.
Since Salem Media publishes books, the hiring managers want to make sure they are bringing on a team member with a passion for books and reading! There is no wrong answer to this question. Open up about your favorite literary works.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I love reading and try to pick up a new novel at least once per month. I read a variety of genres; however, my all time favorite book series is the Harry Potter series. I have read through the entire book series about three times. The way JK Rowling builds a world of suspense and magic never becomes tiresome."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My top three favorite books happen to be across multiple genres. One is 'All the Lives We Never Lived' by Anuradha Roy. This novel is by a renowned Indian writer who brings in stories from childhood with a theme of independence and finding oneself. The other is 'Becoming' by Michelle Obama, a memoir of the former First Lady. Lastly, the book of poetry by Rupi Kaur called 'Milk and Honey.' Her poetry is dark and beautiful."
4.
What are your salary expectations?
A question like this will give the interviewer a solid idea of what you are hoping to earn. When you change positions, you want to see an increase in wage. Most interviewees will typically aim for a 7-15% increase for each time they change jobs. This range offers room for negotiations with the new company. This percentage increase reflects economic inflation, the unique skills you bring to the table from the last time you joined an organization, and growth in responsibilities.

In many states, it is now illegal for hiring authorities to ask about your current earnings; however, this should not stop you from having a healthy and helpful conversation around earnings. The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example if you are comfortable doing so. If this makes you uncomfortable, do give as many indicators as you can. Be open and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

If you are newer to your career, or the area, and are unsure of what a fair ask may be, there are many reliable salary calculators available online.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year, and I would like to earn slightly higher in my next position, as I have additional certifications since my last salary negotiation took place."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am new to my career and this industry, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on your typical salary for this role. From my research, I see that the average junior media role in the Chicago area earns an annual salary in the $45K range."
5.
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: 'I believe that this interview has been quite informative, and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?'

If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would rate my performance to 90% of my ability. When you asked about my radio experience, I feel that missed expressing some of my experience in production and editing. If you have time, I would like to cover that question further."
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