A good assignment desk editor is someone who is constantly looking for stories and being curious about what is going on around them. They are always looking for more answers to questions and pushing people to get them answered. The hiring manager wants to know if the candidate is someone with the drive and curiosity to find out information for the benefit of the entire newsroom.
"I consider myself a curious person, and always have since I was a young child. I have always been getting myself into trouble searching for answers, and I believe that while back then it got me into trouble, now it is a skill that I can make work for the greater good of the entire newsroom."