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  1. 1.

    Tell me about your experience collaborating with marketing, sales, editorial, and design teams.

      The hiring authority is looking for details on your experience when it comes to cross-departmental collaboration. In publishing, it takes many passes through many hands to complete a project so, it's essential to Springer Nature that you can work well with other people through a variety of departments. Give an example of how you collaborate with a diverse team in your current role.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role we have a staff of 450 people within ten departments. Any given week, I will collaborate with marketing, sales, human resources, and IT. These are the departments with which I collaborate most often. I believe that everyone has a great deal of value to offer so, for that reason, I embrace every opportunity to collaborate cross-departmentally."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I look forward to getting to know your marketing, editorial, and design teams here at Springer Nature. Currently, in my internship, I have spent two weeks in each department, getting to know the ins and outs of publishing, design, marketing, sales, and even public relations. The experience has been invaluable."

  2. 2.

    If you could be known as a thought leader across any topic or industry, which would you choose?

      Springer Nature would like to get to know you better, and the topics for which you are most passionate. If you could be represented and widely known for your knowledge on any subject or industry; which would you choose? Express your interest and enthusiasm to the agent, showing them why they should pick you up for their talent roster.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The books I read are primarily on the biosciences. If I could be known as an expert on any topic, it would be for true crime stories and how science has helped to solve cold cases."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One topic I am most passionate about is the topic of writing, itself. I would love to be known as an expert in writing non-fiction pieces and teaching other aspiring writers how to come up with best-selling concepts."

  3. 3.

    If you could pitch me one idea for a book, article, or editorial, what would it be?

      The hiring authority wants to get to know you. One great way to do this is to ask about your interests. Generally speaking, you would want to pitch something you are knowledgeable in and passionate about. There is no right or wrong answer to a question like this; however, the interviewer will want to see that you are insightful and have enthusiasm for an exciting topic. If you choose an item that is related to Springer Nature or their publication, that's great but certainly not a requirement for this to be a successful answer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I read a lot of history books and find so much of it fascinating. In particular, ancestry and genealogy. If I could pitch you one idea for an article, it would be a how-to for people who were starting on discovering their family lineage."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a new graduate, I have a keen interest in productivity hacks for new university students. In my first year, I struggled with organization and time-management. By the end of my second year, I had mastered the art of juggling many priorities. This topic is in high demand, and I would pitch it as a series of articles, deep-dives, and even infographics."

  4. 4.

    What is the difference between a publisher's frontlist and backlist?

      In publishing, a frontlist is a list of a publisher's newly published book titles. A backlist is a list of a publisher's older books. The backlist is usually a book that is off the bestseller list and has been in print for more than a year. The interviewer wants to see that you understand these terms, which are pretty basic in the publishing industry. Keep your answer simple and, if possible, give specific examples from books that are currently on the Springer Nature frontlist and backlist.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I understand the frontlist to be newly published book titles where a backlist would be books that have been in print for about a year or more. For instance, Springer Nature publishes hundreds of new titles to your frontlist every year, including books, journals, ebooks, and other scholarly collections."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Right now, I would guess that there are around 500-800 educational titles on the frontlist at Springer Natur, since you publish around 800 new titles every year. Generally speaking, a newly published book will be on the frontlist where a book over a year in print will fall onto the backlist."

  5. 5.

    What drew you to our publication?

      This question is similar to 'Why do you want to work here?'. To answer this question effectively, it's essential that you have reasoning that is specific and will stand out from other people competing for this role. Giving a general answer such as, 'You have a great workplace culture' could potentially disqualify you from winning the position. Show the interviewer that you have done your research on Springer Nature by coming prepared with some compelling reasons to work for them.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have read your brand story and was inspired. Each year, Springer Nature works hard to help advance important discoveries by publishing robust and insightful research. I am eager to be a part of your mission to make this knowledge accessible to the world."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Initially, I was drawn to your publishing company because I saw your name everywhere in my University textbooks and journals! Springer Nature is known to be a stand-out publisher in the education genre and well respected. I also appreciate that you have recently made an effort to increase your exposure on social media channels, ensuring you remain relevant in this digital age."

  6. 6.

    When thinking about your experience with educational content, describe the target audience of the publications you have worked with.

      Because educational content can have many different types of users (K-12, post-secondary, corporate, etc.), the response to this question will give hiring managers at Springer Nature a better sense of the publication types on which you have worked. Highlight the general skills you have strengthened and the knowledge you attained through your past experiences and how these skills will help you be a valuable contributor to building and improving educational products for Springer Nature.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The majority of my experience has concentrated in building an educational curriculum for students in grades K through 12. Through my work building content for this group, I learned the importance of listening to reader feedback. Because I did not have a background in education, it was vital for me to familiarize myself with the needs and requirements of these learners. Using several rounds of revisions, I was able to help build effective learning based content. I know the communication skills I have developed and my understanding of the K-12 reader group will allow me to make valuable contributions to meeting the needs of Springer Nature's target audience."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have worked on educational content for the corporate environment. More specifically, the written content used for internal training and management. The material was highly customizable and allowed internal human resources departments to monitor and pace the training employees received. Because each client's needs varied, I cultivated my client relationship skills as I worked to understand their varying needs and requirements. Also, I learned a great deal about different learning styles and implemented my knowledge into the training products I helped to create. These skills and knowledge will undoubtedly help in meeting the needs of Springer Nature's readership audience."

  7. 7.

    What is the key to success for a publisher in this digital era?

      The digital world is transforming traditional publishing, and the interviewer wants to know what you believe to be the key to success amidst this shift. Discuss what you think a publishing company should do, in this digital era, to remain successful and relevant. Keep your response positive rather than shifting into negative language. For instance, mention what is great about this digital era versus focusing on the hardships.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe the key to success for a publisher in this digital era is to remain relevant in your core area, while also exploring the ways that digital can complement your existing products. If you are a traditional book publisher, for instance, why not explore the impact that a social media campaign could have for a new author. As in any industry, it's critical that we remain up to date with technology so that we are always meeting our audience where they are showing up."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The key to success in publishing, and many other industries is listening to your customers and taking action on what they are teaching you. For instance, in the publishing industry, it's critical that we deliver works on topics that people are searching for, and seeking out. We can accomplish this approach through surveys, polls, purchased data, and even some analytics on Google algorithms."

  8. 8.

    In which area are you the strongest: editorial, book sales, or book marketing?

      The interviewer is trying to assess which tasks and departments you will best work within. The way that you respond to this question could determine where the hiring authorities place you if hired by Springer Nature. Be honest with the interviewer on where you feel you best fit. Avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular area.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have strengths in a variety of areas; however, if I had to choose one stand-out area, I would choose book marketing. Some of the crucial book marketing steps that I have led include designing websites, building an email list for pre-sales, and creating social media strategies such as hashtag-driven contests."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have performed well in all three of these areas but to choose just one, I would pick book sales. I have a solid background in sales with formal post-secondary education in sales and marketing. I look forward to working with Springer Nature and your authors to push record book sales this year."

  9. 9.

    Name for me your three favorite books, and why they are your favorite.

      Since Springer Nature 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

      "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

      "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."

  10. 10.

    Would you consider yourself a creative person?

      Talk to the interviewer about any interest that you have in creative activities and how you have implemented your creative desires in the workplace. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a 'creative person,' there is a significant change that you have made creative minded decisions in your career.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "That's an interesting question for me because I have never considered myself creative in the traditional sense of being artistic. I am, however, a very creative individual when it comes to new ways to motivate my team."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am creative in the sense that I am great at seeing all sides of a negotiation, I can use creativity to close a deal, and I am a solid writer. With that said, give me a paintbrush, and I will have no idea what to do. I suppose creativity comes in all forms!"

  11. 11.

    What are the benefits for an author or educator to publish their work with Springer Nature versus self-publishing?

      The idea of self-publishing has become increasingly popular, especially with self-publishing tools being available at anyone's fingertips. The interviewer wants to see that you are an advocate for the more traditional publishing route. Discuss what you believe to be the benefits of using a traditional publisher such as Springer Nature.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are tremendous benefits to working with a traditional publisher. These include the fact that a publisher knows how to advocate for your work. They also have more connections than any independent author or curriculum builder could ever gather. I am eager to work with Springer Nature helping writers, researchers, and subject matter experts to navigate the challenging world of publishing within the education space."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe the list of benefits is lengthy and include greater visibility and audience reach for an author, the fact that a literary agent can negotiate very well for you and your manuscript. Also, with less need to coordinate all aspects of publishing, an author will have more time to focus on what they do best - write!"

  12. 12.

    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 most helpful to Springer Nature when it comes to the digital publishing side of their business.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role, I work primarily with online channels such as YouTube and IGTV, creating video content to help promote eBooks and other digital resources. I saw in the Springer Nature 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."

  13. 13.

    What do you expect to be the most significant trend in publishing this year?

      When you come to an interview prepared to discuss industry trends and happenings, you are showing the interviewer that you have done your homework on Springer Nature and that you have a vested interest in what they are achieving within their market. There is no real right or wrong answer here; as the interviewer just wants to know that you have done some research on the industry. So long as your response is intelligent, the interviewer should be happy with hearing your insight.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "From what I have read, the most significant trend in publishing is meeting the increasing demand from audiences to have their publications available through a variety of mediums. With a huge number of entertainment options available to consumers these days, it will be essential for publications to continue exploring multiple mediums. For instance, it's excellent that Springer Nature has made content available across many digital platforms."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Independent and new authors who are publishing onto alternative mediums such as Wattpad is one topic that has grabbed my interest. I understand that traditional publishers enjoy searching out for new authors on these platforms because it leads them to the authors and also their loyal readers. I believe we will see many more emerging authors discovered from online writing platforms like this."

  14. 14.

    What will you accomplish in the first 90 days of working for Springer Nature?

      You should come prepared for your interview with an exceptional plan of action, ensuring that you will be a substantial addition to their company from the start.

      It's a good idea to have a 30, 60, and 90-day plan set out when you go into an interview. This approach is especially important when you are applying to a management or sales based position where there are expectations of immediate action and results. You can jot down a few ideas or create a slide presentation with graphs - whatever makes you most comfortable! You can discuss numbers, training achievements, pain points the interviewer has mentioned in the past, or how you plan to fit in with your new team.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In the first 90 days, I plan to establish and manage a growth strategy for Facebook, Instagram and new platforms for your collection of scholarly eBooks, and manage a community engagement strategy for Facebook, Instagram, and new platforms for that arm of your business. In addition to this, I plan to establish a vision and creative growth strategy for Springer Nature's already robust newsletter program, in collaboration with the newsletter team. It's important that I help maintain a consistent voice for each brand on social platforms."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In the first 90 days, I plan to fast-track my training by spending time on the weekends and evenings studying hard. I believe in doing everything faster and better so you will see results and accomplishments from me very quickly. I want to be on a full retail sales budget in the first 60 days as opposed to your typical 90 days."

  15. 15.

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

      As Springer Nature grows, they need to consider the effect that all forms of media have on their business, and the research they support and release. 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 wish that I could say that books are still the most influential form of media today; however, 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 books, television, and the daily news, is at the top when it comes to the number of people influenced and the quality of the content distributed."

  16. 16.

    A large part of creating digital content is in the creative process, but what strategic elements need to be considered for content creation to be highly effective?

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

    How can Springer Nature motivate you on the job?

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  19. 19.

    What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years with Springer Nature?

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  20. 20.

    Where do you believe the educational journal and textbook industry will be in 5 years? Support your response.

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  21. 21.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role?

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  22. 22.

    How do you transition between the creative and analytical sides of publishing?

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  23. 23.

    Market research is essential to Springer Nature 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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  24. 24.

    With which publishing categories are you most familiar? How will this knowledge help you in this position with Springer Nature?

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  25. 25.

    Walk me through your editing experience. How would you rate your editing skills from 1-10?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

    If Springer Nature hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

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  28. 28.

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

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  29. 29.

    Who is your favorite author, and why?

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  30. 30.

    How would you increase Springer Nature's journal audience in this online-centric world?

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