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28 Questions and Answers by Christina Erne

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY.
Question 1 of 28
Do you prefer to work full or part time?
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Copywriters may work either full or part time depending on how much writing the company desires, and how large the company is. The candidate should discuss how many hours a week they want to work as it aligns with the job opening. They may talk about additional benefits they hope to receive through working for the company and how they are able to be flexible for whatever the company needs.
28 Corporate Copywriter Interview Questions
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  1. Do you prefer to work full or part time?
  2. Have you ever taken a role in a company you regretted?
  3. Why should we trust you to paint our company in the best light possible?
  4. How do you form relationships with contacts and other companies?
  5. What similarities are there between you and our company?
  6. Have you progressed in your career as you had hoped?
  7. How well do you work with managers giving instruction and criticism?
  8. What are your salary expectations?
  9. Do you consider yourself attentive to detail?
  10. Do you consider yourself a quick or slow writer?
  11. Why do you want to work for our specific company?
  12. What unique skills do you bring to our company?
  13. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  14. How does this job fit into your career goals?
  15. Why do you want to be a corporate copywriter?
  16. How would you describe the tone in which our company writes?
  17. Do you feel you have a good grasp on our company's values?
  18. Do you consider yourself creative?
  19. What is your experience writing press releases?
  20. How do you describe your writing style?
  21. How well do you work under tight deadlines?
  22. What is your least favorite part about the job?
  23. Why does the corporate world interest you?
  24. What is your favorite part about being a copywriter?
  25. What is your experience in the business department?
  26. Do you have any experience with advertisement or marketing?
  27. What is your background in writing?
  28. What experience do you have as a copywriter?
15 Corporate Copywriter Answer Examples
1.
Do you prefer to work full or part time?
Copywriters may work either full or part time depending on how much writing the company desires, and how large the company is. The candidate should discuss how many hours a week they want to work as it aligns with the job opening. They may talk about additional benefits they hope to receive through working for the company and how they are able to be flexible for whatever the company needs.

Christina's Answer
"I prefer working full time to make a full week's salary. I feel that I work best when I fully immerse myself into my work and have enough time to get my work done."
2.
Have you ever taken a role in a company you regretted?
Everyone has made mistakes in their professional career, however small or large. Perhaps the mistake is not moving fast enough, or moving too fast. The candidate should discuss an instance of something they regret, and how they have overcome that feeling or how they have made up for it.

Christina's Answer
"I have regretted taking a low level position when I knew I deserved a better position in a company. However, I have learned to value myself higher and shoot higher so I do not have that feeling again."
3.
Why should we trust you to paint our company in the best light possible?
The candidate should talk about their experience being a spokesperson for a company and how their writing will make the company appear in the public in the best light possible. The candidate should discuss what they know about staying positive in press releases and advertisements, and how to excite people to join the company or buy a product based on their writing.

Christina's Answer
"I know how to make a company successful in a good light because I progressed throughout my career by marketing myself like a company. I understand that success comes from being upbeat."
4.
How do you form relationships with contacts and other companies?
Copywriters often succeed when they forge relationships with people within the community, such as media, other companies, businesses, customers, and local law enforcement. The candidate should talk about their experience forming relationships in the industry and how they will help the company grow because of their skills.

Christina's Answer
"I am a very friendly person who is also very good at creating contacts and remembering those who I have talked to before. I feel that my personable personality makes me a good fit for being in contact with the public."
5.
What similarities are there between you and our company?
The candidate should have chosen the company based on some kind of compatibility that exists. An interviewer is looking for someone who embodies their ideals and will be able to write well to speak on the behalf of the company. The candidate should talk about what makes them a good fit for the company based on similarities and why these similarities will benefit the business over time.

Christina's Answer
"I find that your company and myself are very well suited for each other because I am a very medically driven person. I grew up with doctors in the family and once was a columnist for medicine. We write in the same tone about medicine."
6.
Have you progressed in your career as you had hoped?
Candidates are at various stages of their career as a copywriter - perhaps this is a starting job, or perhaps this is a career they have spent time in for years. The candidate should discuss how fast or slow they have moved into this position and why they believe they have moved at this pace. This gives the interviewer an idea of the kind of person the worker is, and how they may work through the job.

Christina's Answer
"I believe I have progressed at a good pace throughout my career. Although it may have taken me a few extra years to get to this position, I believe I have the experience to do take on all the responsibilities given my experience in other jobs."
7.
How well do you work with managers giving instruction and criticism?
Any candidate coming into a new job should expect criticism in the way they work based on the way the new company runs things. The candidate should discuss their experience with change and how they work with those who give them feedback to conform to the way the company runs their business. The candidate should discuss how more instruction at first will help them mesh into the community faster, and how criticism leads to improvement.

Christina's Answer
"I appreciate any feedback managers give me. I am always striving to be the best worker I can be and one way to do that is have those who know the field and company best to guide me in the right direction."
8.
What are your salary expectations?
The candidate should discuss what they expect to make in compensation for their work. Typically the starting salary for a corporate copywriter who works full time is between $38,000-$45,000, with increases after experience and company. The candidate should discuss what they hope to receive based on these factors and negotiate with the interviewer.

Christina's Answer
"Since this is my first time working as a copywriter, I would feel comfortable making $40,000."
9.
Do you consider yourself attentive to detail?
The candidate should discuss their attention to detail in their writing and work flow. They should talk about their ability to write with few errors in the content as well as the quality, and their attention to meetings, future assignments, and more. They should discuss whether or not they are detail oriented workers, and if they are not, they should talk about their ability to improve over time.

Christina's Answer
"I am a very detail oriented person. I am known for making detailed notes and never miss a detail. I can be trusted to work with little errors."
10.
Do you consider yourself a quick or slow writer?
While being a slow or fast writer does not decide whether or not a candidate is hired, a hiring manager is looking for someone who writes at a good pace with few to no errors and with good quality. The candidate should discuss their work speed and flow and talk about the timing and quality of the work they will produce.

Christina's Answer
"I am a medium speed writer, but I can guarantee that all my work will get done on time with little to no corrections needed. I believe the best kind of worker is one that moves at a decent pace but does not have to be edited much, which saves others time."
11.
Why do you want to work for our specific company?
A corporate copywriter must hone their writing skills and tone to the specific company they write for. Whether is is a clothing company, a high tech device creator, a medical office, or a school, the copywriter must be a good fit for the style of writing expected out of that business. They should answer this question by talking about why they believe they will be a good worker for the specific company and why they want to be a part of their company.

Christina's Answer
"I want to work for your company because I believe in the tools you sell and I honestly believe in the products you have. For that reason, I believe your specific company is one that I want to represent, and that will resonate in my writing."
12.
What unique skills do you bring to our company?
The candidate should find ways to set his or herself apart from the rest with unique skills or characteristics that make them a great worker and a great fit for the job. The candidate may have a specific personality trait that resonates with the company, with their writing style, and more.

Christina's Answer
"I believe I am a unique candidate because I used to work for a news station and write press releases for the company. I have worked with many companies and have written copy for a whole variety of topics, and I look forward to bring my excited and energetic personality to the table for just one topic."
13.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
The candidate should discuss their short term career goals, especially where they hope to progress within the company to which they are applying. A hiring manager is looking for someone with the ambition to continue learning and growing in their position, yet will do so within their company. While the future is uncertain, the candidate should remain positive about making steps to improving their work and being a great copywriter for the company.

Christina's Answer
"In five years from now, I see myself being the leading copywriter for your company. I also believe I will greatly grow your outreach program into the community. I believe with my copywriting work, I will help grow your company and reach other customers you would not have reached otherwise."
14.
How does this job fit into your career goals?
The candidate should discuss why the job of copywriter is the perfect fit for them at this stage of their life. Everyone has different reasons for applying for a job, and the candidate should talk about why this job is a good fit for them based on prior experience and where they hope to be in the future. The candidate should discuss what they hope to gain in this job to make them even more successful in the future.

Christina's Answer
"I feel that this job is a good choice for me right now because I have been writing for a number of years but have not yet found a career I am passionate about. I love the core values of your company and I would like to be a spokesperson for your company through writing and I feel that this will help me grow as a writer and in my other passions as well."
15.
Why do you want to be a corporate copywriter?
The candidate should talk about why they want to be a copywriter and why they have chosen this path in life. The candidate should be passion about some aspect of the job and talk about why this has lead them to want to pursue this career.

Christina's Answer
"I want to be a copywriter because I feel that I am able to mold my writing to the values and writing style of a company. My writing is very good and I will be able to invite others to check out the company through my clean and interesting writing."
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