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What motivates you as an Editor?

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40 Editor Interview Questions

  1. 1.

    What motivates you as an Editor?

  2. 2.

    What was the last book you read for fun?

  3. 3.

    What was your greatest accomplishment as an Editor?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Managed to provide content for noble firm at a very strict deadline.
  4. 4.

    What would the ideal editing job be for you?

  5. 5.

    There are two projects with the same deadline. One client is easygoing while the other constantly calls to ask when we will be done. Which project do you make your top priority?

  6. 6.

    Tell us about your ability to multitask in this position.

  7. 7.

    In your view, what is the role of an editor?

  8. 8.

    Describe the ideal supervisor that you want want to work for?

  9. 9.

    If you have a 300-page document that's a rush job and you must edit it by the end of the day, how would you approach the task?

  10. 10.

    How do you maintain interest in the routine or even mundane parts of editing, such as source checking, proofreading, and indexing?

  11. 11.

    Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. I was given a 6000 words manuscript done by a ESL student who didn't want the words reduced. I had to go word by word replacing almost every word with appropriate synonym to ensure that I maintained the word count and the meaning as well.
  12. 12.

    What was your biggest failure?

  13. 13.

    What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading?

  14. 14.

    What are your long-term goals or plans?

  15. 15.

    Have you ever had a performance appraisal before? What good things did the evaluation say? What goals were set for improvement?

  16. 16.

    How would you define success as an editor?

  17. 17.

    What do you know about our company, and why would you want to work for us?

  18. 18.

    What are your career goals?

  19. 19.

    What made you choose to become an editor?

  20. 20.

    Give an example of a time when you had to edit or write a piece under a strict deadline. How did you ensure that you met the deadline?

  21. 21.

    Tell us about your training and experience in reading large amounts of information and gleaning the main idea?

  22. 22.

    How has your education helped you prepare for this position?

  23. 23.

    Tell us about an editing project that has brought you a lot of satisfaction.

  24. 24.

    We have several candidates with similar qualifications. Tell us some reasons why we should hire you?

  25. 25.

    What is your working styleómore independent or collaborative?

  26. 26.

    What personal weakness has caused you the greatest difficulty in school or at work?

  27. 27.

    What was your biggest disappointment as an Editor?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Working on a piece of work only for the client to cancel the order at the last minute.
  28. 28.

    What have your achievements been to date?

  29. 29.

    What do you know about our organization?

  30. 30.

    Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.

  31. 31.

    What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Dealing with clients whose English is a second language.
  32. 32.

    How quickly do you make decisions? Give me an example.

  33. 33.

    What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?

  34. 34.

    Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.

  35. 35.

    What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?

  36. 36.

    Tell me an example of a situation where you had difficulties with a team member.

  37. 37.

    Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.

      User-Submitted Answers

      1. Being involve in q project, planning for it, keep an eye on its evolution.
  38. 38.

    What makes you passionate about being an Editor?

  39. 39.

    How would you handle sensitive writers who question every edit you make?

  40. 40.

    How would you handle a freelance writer who handed in subpar work?