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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published March 1st, 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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Describe to me the types of digital media you are most experienced with.
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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 Viacom job description.
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1.
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 Viacom job description.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current role I work primarily with online channels such as YouTube and IGTV, creating short-form video content. I also have experience working on projects related to gamification ads. I saw in the Viacom job posting that you were looking for someone with in-depth knowledge with IGTV and Insta Stories for marketing, along with other short-form marketing efforts. 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 #2
"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."
2.
Is compensation the most critical factor for you when taking a new job?
Viacom knows they have a lot to give when it comes to employee packages, and their overall offering. 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
- amount of vacation time
- the type of clients you would be working with
- the location in proximity to your residence
- career growth opportunity
- the size of your new team
- Viacom'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 #1
"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits and the amount of paid vacation time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Being newer to my career, I am looking to join a media and entertainment company that will give me the opportunity to work on more significant projects with robust tech and applications. Compensation is a driver, of course, but not the only one."
3.
What questions do you have for me?
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company 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 the company's 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 this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 #2
"Thank you for asking! A couple of questions come to mind. What do you see as the biggest challenge Viacom 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?"
4.
How was your performance measured, in your most recent role?
The interviewer would like to understand better the key performance indicators you needed to meet in your previous role, and how precisely those KPI's were measured. A good interviewer will recognize that the top candidates ALWAYS understand how they were measured, and where they landed in regards to their performance against others in a similar role.

It is a red flag to an interviewer if the interviewee responds with 'I don't know,' or worse yet - 'My company didn't measure my performance in any way.' Every company pays attention to employee performance metrics; it's just that some ways are more evident than others.

Some ways that your employer might measure your performance:

- The rate of absence, late days, and sick days
- Setting specific objectives for you, related to a task
- Amount of defective work submitted, or amount of work returned
- Error counting
- Timed tasks
- Employee retention rates (for managers)
- The willingness of clients to recommend you or your work
- Feedback provided by coworkers and management
- Number of sales
- Scheduling errors
- Safety days
- Quality of contacts generated

Quickly go over how you were measured in your most recent role, highlighting any areas where you exceeded expected targets.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous role as a digital content marketer, I was measured by a range of social media analytics, client feedback, and overall satisfaction, as well as project churn rate. My KPI's were always sitting about 20% above expectations."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As a production manager, my performance was measured by employee retention rates, production rates, and active days. I always exceeded expectations especially in the area of positive feedback, budget allocation, and the meeting of deadlines."
5.
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
Viacom is a highly creative company who seeks out team members who are creative themselves, but who also encourage great things in their co-workers. The interviewer would like to know how you have inspired others to think creatively. Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to promote creative ideas in your team members.

Here are some ways that you can encourage ideas in others:

- Get to know them and what they like to work on.
- Send an encouraging email letting them know you like their ideas.
- Publicly praise their efforts.
- If they are doing a great job, offer them more related opportunities.
- If you are a leader, then tell them that you like their ideas.
- Show that you believe in their quality of work before they even deliver it.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current role, I try to leave crumbs of knowledge and ideas around the office. You know - things that inspire my team and me like magazines, articles, photographs, and even certain music. These are all great ways to spark conversations and get my marketing team thinking."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the company, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful employees are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."
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