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Washington Post Interview

30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on May 21st, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
How do you stay up-to-date on current events, sports, and general news topics? Which news sources do you follow?
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How to Answer
Of course, the interviewer wants to hear that you follow the Washington Post as your news source! However, you need to be truthful, or your lack of knowledge regarding their publication will be apparent. This expected level of candidate engagement is why it's essential 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.

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Question 2 of 30
What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?
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When you show that you have goals and achievements on the horizon, you are letting the interviewer know that you put thought into your career and what you bring to your employer. Employees who do not have goals set just beyond their reach are typically disengaged and unmotivated. This achievement does not need to be complicated. It can be as simple as finishing a beautiful Powerpoint presentation, finishing work-related coursework, or reaching a sales target.

Question 3 of 30
Name for me one skill mentioned in our job posting, that you do not possess. How will you gain that skill?
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The interviewer is asking for you to highlight your weaknesses. There are many ways to ask 'what is your greatest weakness'; however, the interviewers at Washington Post will always have a more thought-provoking way of asking this question. Before your interview, comb through the job posting and pick out a skill where you have room for improvement. Then, discuss what you could do to strengthen that particular skill.

Question 4 of 30
How do you react when you are dissatisfied with the quality or the outcome of your work?
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The interviewer would like to know how you respond to failure in the workplace. There will always be a time when you are not happy with your work, but your reaction is what will determine whether or not you recover from the disappointment. Show that you have the maturity to be able to respond to dissatisfaction productively.

Question 5 of 30
The media industry is all about communication. At Washington Post, strong communication is at the forefront of what we do. How would you describe your communication skills? Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
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In any media related position, you must be a clear and concise communicator. Talk to the interviewer about your communication style and how you feel it will work with the communication standards set by the Washington Post.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 05/21/2019

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