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Describe your editing process

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  1. 1.

    Describe your editing process

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    What are your long-term goals or plans?

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    How do you stay motivated with repetitive tasks like proofreading, fact-checking or source-checking?

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

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    What was the last book you read for fun?

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    What was your greatest accomplishment as an Editor?

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

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

  9. 9.

    What was your biggest failure?

  10. 10.

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

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    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?

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    What would the ideal editing job be for you?

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    What do you know about our organization?

  14. 14.

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

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    What makes you passionate about being an Editor?

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    How would you define success as an Editor?

  17. 17.

    Tell me how you handled a difficult situation at your last position?

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    What was your biggest disappointment as an Editor?

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    What have your achievements been to date?

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    Imagine that the author of an article did not like your edits, and argued with you. What would you do?

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    What motivates you as an Editor?

  22. 22.

    How do you make decisions? Give an example.

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

  24. 24.

    How would you describe your leadership style?

  25. 25.

    What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading?

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    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?

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

  28. 28.

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

  29. 29.

    How has your education helped you prepare for this position?

  30. 30.

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

  31. 31.

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

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    What are your interests outside of work?

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    What is your working style - more independent or collaborative?

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

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

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

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    Tell us about your ability to multitask in this position.

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    What are your career goals?

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    What made you choose to become an Editor?