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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published 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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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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1.
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 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I like to diversify where my news is coming from, ensuring that I have a balanced view of the topics at hand. My go-to resources include the Washington Post for finance and global news, Fox for sports, and BBC for political news pieces."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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, the Washington Post is on my list of favored resources for global news."
2.
What is the most significant achievement you have on the horizon?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have some great accomplishments on the horizon including the launch of my biggest ever content marketing strategy later this month. This account is the biggest that I have worked with, and it's a fascinating campaign. With that said, I look forward to joining the Washington Post and working on significant projects like this more often."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This year I have been working towards my Bachelor's in Advertising while also working full time. This effort has been challenging and rewarding all at the same time. My graduation date is this May, so that is the most significant achievement on the horizon."
3.
Name for me one skill mentioned in our job posting, that you do not possess. How will you gain that skill?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have an intermediate level of experience with ad creation, but would love to say that I am an expert. When I saw this requirement on your job posting, I knew that I met that basic requirement, but I want to do better than basic. For that reason, I have enrolled in an online course called 'Compelling Ads' I am excited to strengthen my skills in this area."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I noticed that you're seeking out five years of sales experience in the print and publication industry. My sales experience is in selling SaaS and other digital products; however, my sales training will still complement the needs of the Washington Post as everything is subscription based, just as it was in my previous role."
4.
How do you react when you are dissatisfied with the quality or the outcome of your work?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The last time I was dissatisfied with my work, I asked my boss if there was time for me to re-do the components with which I was not happy. The deadline was tight, but I did not believe that it should affect the quality of what I delivered. She agreed, and gave me the time to revisit the aspects that I felt were not up to my usual standard."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In marketing and media, there is often room to play around with our work and bounce back from mistakes. I allow myself to make mistakes, tweak my work, and play around with different designs, for instance. A creative mind is always seeking improvements."
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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.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would rate my communication skills as a 9 out of 10 because they are exceptional; yet, there is always room for improvement. I would describe my communication style as thorough, upbeat, yet concise. I firmly believe that my communication skills will meet the standards you have set at Washington Post."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator, so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
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