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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.
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Do you consider yourself a quick or slow writer?

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1.

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."

2.

What is your experience writing press releases?

The candidate should discuss their experience writing press releases, working with them, or their ability to write well and adapt to new styles and formatting of writing. The candidate should give examples of press releases they have written in the past and talk about what constitutes a well written press release. They may also mention how and why their writing fits well with writing press releases.

Christina's Answer

"I have worked with press releases in the past, and I know how important it is to include all information and present it clearly, regardless of how much time I have to make it. I can tell your company has a sense of humor and I like to write my press releases in this tone so people are interested in what I have to say."

3.

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."

4.

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."

5.

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."

6.

Do you have any experience with advertisement or marketing?

A good candidate is someone who has experience advertising for a company or sending out information for others as a part of a marketing strategy. The candidate should discuss their experience in advertising or marketing, or anything they know about the fields that will make them a good copywriter. They also can demonstrate an interest in learning more about these fields to make them a better worker down the line.

Christina's Answer

"I understand marketing, as I worked in this sector as a copywriter before. I understand the language I should use to market to other companies, and I will help your company grow by using my skills."

7.

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."

8.

Why does the corporate world interest you?

Copywriters are not always for businesses, but also work for schools, the news industry, and more. The hiring manager wants to know why the candidate wants to work as a copywriter in the business sector instead of any of the others. The candidate should talk about why the business sector works well for them. Perhaps they like the consistent hours, the proximity to home, or they like working for a company they believe in.

Christina's Answer

"I have been a copywriter in other sectors, but I have decided that I fit best in the corporate world because it is more secure and steady in its hours, terms, and information. I found that I prefer to master one company or sector of the business world rather than having to write for many."

9.

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."

10.

How do you describe your writing style?

The candidate should answer honestly about what kind of writer they are, whether they are creative, concise, descriptive, or write better on more straight forward topics or more interesting and funny ones. They should talk about how their writing style matches well with the company's writing that already exists. This requires the candidate to do research on the company prior to the interview to know what kind of writer they are looking for.

Christina's Answer

"My writing style is concise and clear, which I believe is perfect for your technology company. I know how to write for the technology world, but also know how to intrigue technology gurus and write well so there is no confusion about what we do."

11.

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."

12.

How would you describe the tone in which our company writes?

The candidate should show that they have done their research into the tone of writing the company uses, and knows that they are able to mimic this style to perform the job well. They should discuss the style of writing they classify their own works and how they will reflect company values through their tone.

Christina's Answer

"My tone of writing is one that is professional yet upbeat and clean. I have noticed that your company also likes to write only very brief blurbs on your website, short memos to staff, and only the most pertinent information in press releases. I know my concise style of writing is a great fit for the tone you aim for."

13.

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."

14.

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."

15.

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."

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Interview Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a quick or slow writer?
  2. What is your experience writing press releases?
  3. Do you prefer to work full or part time?
  4. How does this job fit into your career goals?
  5. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  6. Do you have any experience with advertisement or marketing?
  7. Why do you want to be a corporate copywriter?
  8. Why does the corporate world interest you?
  9. How well do you work with managers giving instruction and criticism?
  10. How do you describe your writing style?
  11. How do you form relationships with contacts and other companies?
  12. How would you describe the tone in which our company writes?
  13. What similarities are there between you and our company?
  14. Why should we trust you to paint our company in the best light possible?
  15. Have you ever taken a role in a company you regretted?
  16. Have you progressed in your career as you had hoped?
  17. What are your salary expectations?
  18. Do you consider yourself attentive to detail?
  19. Why do you want to work for our specific company?
  20. What unique skills do you bring to our company?
  21. Do you feel you have a good grasp on our company's values?
  22. Do you consider yourself creative?
  23. How well do you work under tight deadlines?
  24. What is your least favorite part about the job?
  25. What is your favorite part about being a copywriter?
  26. What is your experience in the business department?
  27. What is your background in writing?
  28. What experience do you have as a copywriter?
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