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

How to Answer

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.

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30 Media Interview Questions & Answers

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

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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 television and the daily news, is at the top when it comes to the number of people influenced and the quality of the content being distributed."

  • 2. Of all the media solutions we provide at Company ABC, which do you know the best?

      How to Answer

      It is imperative to thoroughly research Company ABC before you go in for your interview. Be sure to look carefully through the 'About Us' section on their website as well as anything to do with their clients or recent projects.

      1st Answer Example

      "I researched Company ABC a lot before coming here today and see that you recently won an award for being the top (specific specialty) in the industry. This area is one that I specialize in as well. Because of my previous achievements in (specific specialty), I feel that I could make an impact right away."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I would say that, without a doubt, visual design is my strongest area of expertise when it comes to media solutions. I have many other areas of strength, such as A and B; however, this is my stand-out skill."

  • 3. Walk me through your experience in the television and/or radio industry.

      How to Answer

      Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your resume. Highlight any particular experience you may have with television and radio. Be concise and be sure to avoid speaking poorly of any previous employers and experiences.

      1st Answer Example

      "I began my career in media in a volunteer role with my local television station. From there, I started to assist with writing broadcast scripts. I left that role to attend university and recently graduated with my communications degree. I am now looking for my first opportunity in media, and very much look forward to seeing my career grow with Company ABC."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have been working in the television and radio industry for the past eight years. After graduating with my degree in Media Studies and Mass Media, I joined our local radio station as a content writer. From there, I took on a role as a junior editor; then a team leader for a small team of editors. At this point, I am now looking for an opportunity to grow which is why I applied for this role with Company ABC. I love this industry and look forward to continuing my success here."

  • 4. What are your 3 favorite forms of entertainment?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know the types of media and entertainment that you enjoy consuming on a regular basis. Talk to the interviewer about your favorite forms of entertainment and be sure to include why they are your favorite.

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  • 5. If Company ABC hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

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      When you start a new position, it is essential to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

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  • 6. What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years with Company ABC?

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      Assure the interviewer that you are interested in forging a long-term career with them by discussing the career path you foresee if hired. What are your career goals and how do you hope to achieve them, with Company ABC?

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  • 7. The media industry is fast moving and ever-changing. How do you stay on top of changes and trends?

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      With the fast pace of online content, all forms of media must move quickly to be the first and most reliable source of news and entertainment. Assure the interviewer that you can remain on top of trends in your industry.

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  • 8. What are your thoughts on the way media is rated for the public (IE: PG, 14A, NR, Mature)?

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      Media ratings have changed a great deal over the years, and the interviewer would like to know your thoughts on this. Be sure to keep your answer productive and thoughtful.

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  • 9. In your opinion, what is the future of local radio?

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      Talk to the interviewer about your opinion on local radio, and it's future. Remain positive and avoid bashing any forms of media or sounding like a doomsayer.

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  • 10. How do you think that online media has changed traditional print and broadcast media approaches in the past 10 years?

      How to Answer

      This industry is ever-changing, and all types of media outlets have been scrambling to keep up with the introduction of online media. Talk to the interviewer about your insights when it comes to the changes you have witnessed in traditional media since the introduction of online media.

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  • 11. Market research is important to Company ABC in order 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?

      How to Answer

      In the media industry, research and reliable sources are everything. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of conducting robust and dependable research. Draw on your positive references when answering this question.

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  • 12. Do you prefer to be behind the scenes or in the limelight?

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      The interviewer would like to know more about your personality so they can place you in the correct job function. Would you consider yourself an entertainer or more of a worker-bee? Perhaps you are a blend of both!

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  • 13. What is your favorite publication, and why?

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      Trick question! If you are interviewing with a company involved in the publication, you will certainly want to mention that you are a fan of their work. No need to say they are your favorite (if they aren't) but at least give them a nod.

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  • 14. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

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      Do you feel that you should be paid based on tenure, or results? Discuss this with the interviewer and back your answer with an example, if possible.

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  • 15. What are your salary expectations?

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      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 16. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.

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      Many hiring managers will choose one candidate over another because of their volunteer experience. They feel that it shows strong character and selflessness - all qualities that make a great employee. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to give back to your community in some form of volunteerism. If you do not have formal volunteer experience, you can draw on things you do in your spare time to assist friends, family, or even your current employer.

      If you do have volunteer experience: "For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."

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  • 17. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?

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      Being able to face a challenge or stressful situation, and still gain some accomplishment, in the end, is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle.

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  • 18. Tell me about a time when you, or a group that you were a part of, were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?

      How to Answer

      This question is designed to learn how well you work under pressure. When choosing an example to share with the interviewer, avoid selecting a time that you were in danger of missing the deadline because of poor planning on your part such as procrastination. Instead, choose a situation that was out of your control.

      First, start by giving the interviewer an overview of the situation, explaining how much time you had to complete the assignment and why you were in danger of missing the deadline.

      Next, tell the interviewer that you realized how urgent the situation was, and instead of getting worked up about it, you came up with a game plan to conquer the assignment by the deadline.

      Lastly, explain how you made your plan of attack, pulled in additional people to help if necessary, and met your deadline.

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  • 19. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

      How to Answer

      Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with delays in the workplace.

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  • 20. The media industry is all about communication. At Company ABC, strong communication is at the forefront of what we do. How would you describe your communication skills? Rate your communication skills from 1-10.

      How to Answer

      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 Company ABC.

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  • 21. Tell me about your experiences giving presentations in front of large groups.

      How to Answer

      Public speaking can be intimidating so assure the interviewer that you are capable of communicating well in front of large groups. Have you taken any courses or training in public speaking? Perhaps you have so much experience that it comes second nature. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of giving presentations.

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  • 22. Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.

      How to Answer

      On occasion, mistakes will happen, and communication will be broken. Talk to the interviewer about a time that this occurred in the workplace. How did you resolve the situation?

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  • 23. What do you know about our company culture?

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      Company culture and fit is a crucial factor when considering a career move. Assure the interviewer that you have put thought, research, and consideration of how the company culture will work for you.

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  • 24. What work situations excite and motivate you?

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      It is essential, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive.

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  • 25. How would you describe your relationship with your customers or clients?

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      Do you value your client and customer relationships? How do you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back? Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for building strong customer and client relationships.

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  • 26. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?

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      A genuinely creative minded person will have outside activities aside from what's happening in the workplace. Tell the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you express your creativity.

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  • 27. How often do you take work home with you?

      How to Answer

      The majority of people will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently you take your work home.

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  • 28. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 29. What is your greatest weakness?

      How to Answer

      Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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  • 30. Why do you think you will be successful in this role?

      How to Answer

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

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