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| Helen Lee is a freelance data analyst and writer with over 15 years of experience in marketing.

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Companies have several different advertising platforms to choose from. What skills would you bring that would help TNT-Telenetwork remain a competitive option in this industry?

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  1. 1.

    Companies have several different advertising platforms to choose from. What skills would you bring that would help TNT-Telenetwork remain a competitive option in this industry?

      Hiring managers would like to understand what skills you would bring to the position and if it matches the needs of their company. Be specific about your skills and experience and how you can contribute to the aggressive goals of TNT-Telenetwork. Highlight any experience you may have working with advertising platforms whether on the client side or the supplier side.

      Helen's Answer

      "With my experience working on advertising platforms, I am confident that my skills can help TNT-Telenetwork remain a strong competitor in the industry. For example, my knowledge of competing advertising platforms gives me insight into the differences between TNT-Telenetwork's advertising platform and that of other companies. Also, my analytical skills will help TNT-Telenetwork build more robust analytical and reporting capabilities and offer higher levels of customizations for clients."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For several years, I have worked with clients to meet their strategic goals. Strong communication and problem-solving skills helped me successfully meet my clients' needs, and I believe these skills will also help me effectively work with the various teams at TNT-Telenetwork to continue to build a more competitive product for a continually changing industry."

  2. 2.

    Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new within a short deadline.

      Working in the television and media industry, you will be asked to learn new skills regularly. The interviewer wants to know that you can learn new skills, under pressure. Hiring managers want to hear that you are willing to put in the effort required to learn new skills, even when it may seem difficult.

      Think about the times when your company implemented new software, or when you learned a new procedure. Perhaps your employer has asked you to attend a workshop at the last minute, or you had to study for a policy exam. These make great examples! Discuss how you diligently studied related materials, attended a training seminar, or bought a book to help you learn the new content.

      Keep in mind; this is another excellent opportunity to express that you accept workplace changes with ease.

      Helen's Answer

      "Our company recently implemented a new advertising client management system. Not only was I tasked with learning the system but I also needed to train my team of five on the use of the system. I had two weeks, so I took a lot of the modules home, watched a plethora of tutorials online, and even utilized some how-to videos on YouTube. I did it, and was proud of the accomplishment."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I first began my talent management career, I started as a temp with an agency. Placed in a variety of roles that changed weekly and sometimes even daily, I often jumped into roles where there was a lot to learn in a short time. Deadlines were often due yesterday. I utilized and maximized my resources to the fullest. I learned plenty about the media industry and best of all, had fun doing it!"

  3. 3.

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

      Of course, the interviewer wants to hear that you follow TNT-Telenetwork as a source! However, you need to be truthful, or your lack of knowledge regarding their network or programming will be apparent. This question is why it's important to do as much research as possible before your interview. Mention your top two or three news resources, mentioning why they are your go-to sources.

      Helen's Answer

      "I like to diversify where my news is coming from, ensuring that I have a well-rounded view of the topics at hand. My go-to resources include TNT-Telenetwork for most cable programming, Fox for sports, and BBC for political news pieces."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I stay up to date through watching traditional broadcasts, reading Twitter, utilizing Google alerts, and joining in on conversations on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. I also subscribe to a few online news resources such as Medium and Forbes. Of course, TNT-Telenetwork is on my list of favored resources for cable television."

  4. 4.

    How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

      The interviewer would like to know that you can determine which projects need your attention over others. When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

      Helen's Answer

      "I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I check in with each to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact."

  5. 5.

    TNT-Telenetwork strives to be first in all we do. How do you stay ahead in the latest television trends?

      In the media and entertainment industry, it's imperative that you remain up to date on trends. Being up to date means not only knowing what's happening 'in the now' but also what's coming down the pipe. Talk to the interviewer about how you remain ahead of the latest trends in the industry. Examples could include helpful blogs, podcasts, industry events, or continuing education opportunities. Be sure to express the fact that staying on trend is very important to you.

      Helen's Answer

      "It's vital that I remain on trend, and even ahead of the curve when it comes to what's happening in television. To remain ahead of trends, I set up Google alerts with particular keywords. This set up allows me to read articles in real-time, allowing me to research new happenings very quickly and efficiently."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am very involved in a few television industry associations, allowing me to keep my network healthy. This robust network means that I will often hear about happenings before they become official public news. I also rely on continued education, whether it be workshops offered by my employer, independent industry events, and online courses."

  6. 6.

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

      TNT-Telenetwork 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.

      Helen's Answer

      "In my current role I work with the department heads and other senior management in the Digital and Social Networking 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 digital video campaigns for 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 TNT-Telenetwork and getting to know a few of your teams!"

  7. 7.

    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 TNT-Telenetwork! If you do not have experience in budget management, refer to the fact that you are responsible and resourceful.

      Helen'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."

  8. 8.

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

      When working on digital content, you will be asked to remain in line with your employers brand, and even perhaps the brand of your clients. The interviewer would like to know how you ensure that you maintain a brand's voice, consistently delivering it across multiple platforms or channels. Discuss your best methods for preserving brand voice, and be sure to express that you understand the importance of this skill.

      Helen's Answer

      "One tool that my current employer uses, and I find to be very helpful, is our internal Style Guide. This style guide is a tool for writers, producers, and creatives of all kinds, to refer to when they are unsure if their idea is on-track with the company's brand. Another method that I refer to often is to first storyboard the 'voice' that I want before beginning a project. I can create a clear narrative around the marketing effort very early on in the project."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I fully understand how critical it is to work within a brand's voice consistently throughout a project. One method that I enjoy using is to create a guide that outlines the jargon or colloquialisms that are acceptable to use in the campaign. Somewhat like a style guide, but easier to refer back to. I also feel it's important to make the voice of a brand a company-wide initiative so that co-workers can check in with each other to ensure all work is consistent and the best it can be."

  9. 9.

    Describe your experience working with digital advertising?

      Before getting into the details of your technical experience, hiring managers would like assurance that you know the area of digital advertising. In your response, share details about projects or jobs where you were exposed to digital advertising. Make an effort to describe your knowledge in this area.

      Helen's Answer

      "My work experience includes working for a couple of different agencies that offered digital marketing services to its clients. While working at these agencies, I worked closely with the Account Managers to understand the clients' marketing needs. There are many technological tools in this area that help clients better target, deliver and manage their digital advertising. With an increasing number of options available to companies looking to advertise through digital channels, it is crucial to have the right tools to manage the process."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In a few of my previous positions, I had the opportunity to work with the marketing department to help develop digital advertising campaigns for our company. I contributed to the technical requirements of the campaign project team, which included evaluating the right tools for campaign execution. Working as part of the team, I learned how complex digital advertising could be and the importance of using the right technology for each step of the process. The right tools are what gives a digital advertising campaign the best chance at meeting its goals."

  10. 10.

    If you could alter your career path, in any way, what would you change?

      This question will help the interviewer to understand if you have a long and continued passion for your chosen career. Talk to the interviewer about an alternate career path that you might wish for but be sure to keep it related to the position for which you are interviewing.

      Helen's Answer

      "If I could change anything about my career path, I would have stayed in post-secondary studies for longer to upgrade in my field. I feel that this would have given me the advancement I seek now, many years later."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Marketing is where my passion is. If I had to choose any different career path, I would have become a television comedy writer. It's still closely related to marketing and would utilize my creative side."

  11. 11.

    What are your salary expectations?

      In many states, it is now illegal for hiring authorities to ask about your current earnings. 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. 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.

      Helen's Answer

      "I am currently making $80,000 per year with two bonus opportunities based on project completion. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the responsibilities of this role and provides an opportunity to learn new skills."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $85K, and I'd like to earn above that in my next position, to reflect the MBA I recently acquired."

  12. 12.

    What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?

      Nobody is a perfect employee! Think about some mistakes you have made at work or any suggestions for improvement received. If a manager were to provide you with feedback or criticism, what might they say? Keep your answer brief and be sure to finish on a positive note by discussing your willingness to improve and take constructive feedback.

      Helen's Answer

      "When I started my most recent job I had a pretty big learning curve. The software and my daily tasks were all very new to me. I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning because I felt rushed and wanted to learn as quickly as I could. My manager suggested I slow down and not worry so much about keeping up with the people who had been there for a while. He was understanding, and it helped me to learn that it's okay to take my time to avoid mistakes."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The most critical thing a manager could say might be that I need to thicken up my skin a little. I always want to learn and improve, so I take comments very seriously and to heart when they come from someone I respect. Occasionally, this can dampen my morale when negative feedback is said. I know that I need to work on taking their feedback in stride. I already work on incorporating it immediately; I need to skip the middle step of letting it bring me down or letting others notice that it has brought me down."

  13. 13.

    Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

      In the television and entertainment business, it's vital that you are solid both as a written, and a verbal communicator. Your talents may lean one way or another, and that is okay. Discuss with the interviewer in which manner you prefer to communicate and then be sure to discuss how you are improving in the other.

      Helen's Answer

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, wires can be crossed, due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression, and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do not lean one way or the other when it comes to verbal or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always look back on written communication for reference."

  14. 14.

    If hired, what can we do to help you achieve your career goals?

      If an interviewer asks you this question, you should be jumping up and down with excitement! As many organizations turn away from the hierarchical organizational structure and lean more toward a flat organizational structure, you will begin to see companies show more concern for the growth and development of their employees. Jackpot!

      Be prepared to discuss how you like to be motivated, what you may need in your compensation package or even the type of workplace environment you know you need to be successful.

      Helen's Answer

      "Thank you for asking! I am seeking to join an organization with a solid succession plan for each position within their company. When I have a clear understanding of where my role can take me, I can better plan for the future and take more direct and successful steps."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I read on the TNT-Telenetwork website that you offer continuing education opportunities for your staff who are performing well. This offering is the best way that you could support my career goals. I am a major proponent of continued education opportunities and employee development, and I am pleased to see that you are as well."

  15. 15.

    When a change occurs in the workplace, do you naturally adjust or do you first think of the worst?

      The interviewer is looking to see if you are a naturally positive person, or if you air on the side of cynicism. When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change?

      Helen's Answer

      "The media and entertainment industry requires constant change, and I appreciate that you understand this within TNT-Telenetwork. I would much prefer to see an attempt at a change to address a problem than a type of environment where we cling to 'the way it has always been.'"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When workplace change occurs I initially try to balance the pros and the cons before reacting. Overall I would say that I prefer to focus on why the changes will work. I am a positive person by nature."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

    How do you establish relationships with the creative community in your area?

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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

    At TNT-Telenetwork you will be handling multiple projects at a time. When have you nearly missed a production timeline due to disorganization?

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  20. 20.

    What has been the best short-form content project you have worked on this year?

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  21. 21.

    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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  22. 22.

    There are several components of a robust advertising platform. Which ones do you find to be the most valuable to a company running numerous advertising campaigns?

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  23. 23.

    How do you think video-on-demand services are affecting the media advertising industry?

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  24. 24.

    What do you know about the part that AI and Machine Learning play when it comes to on-demand video streaming?

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  25. 25.

    TNT-Telenetwork prides itself on investing in the growth of its team members. In a continually changing industry as ours is, how do you ensure that you continue to grow professionally?

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  26. 26.

    Walk me through your experience with department management, studio clients and vendors.

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  27. 27.

    Do you have any direct experience working with talent?

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  28. 28.

    Film marketing efforts are continually changing. What is your favorite film marketing approach right now?

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  29. 29.

    At TNT-Telenetwork, we believe data management is crucial when executing and evaluating a campaign. What is your experience working with data as it relates to digital advertising?

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  30. 30.

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

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