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27 Questions and Answers by Christina Erne
Updated August 17th, 2018 | Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY.
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How does this job fit into your career plans?

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How does this job fit into your career plans?

A hiring manager is looking for someone who will take the job seriously yet still have a future goal in mind. Candidates who have a goal for the future often do some of the best work. The candidate should discuss how they will make sure they put all their effort into the job and learn as much as they can while they are in it.

Christina's Answer

"In the future, I hope to work for an entertainment show in California. But until then, I hope this job will give me the necessary experience to be the best entertainment reporter locally that I can be."

2.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

The candidate should discuss where they hope to be in the near future based on what they will learn in the current job. The candidate should be positive about growing in the job to eventually work their way up through their career.

Christina's Answer

"In five years from now, I see myself being the lead entertainment anchor at this station. I will be the most trustworthy source in the area that people throughout the country would even come to me for entertainment information."

3.

Why do you want to be in the television industry?

The candidate should discuss why they want to be in the television industry based on their passions and skills. The interviewer is looking for someone who does not just want to be on TV, but has the proper experience and devotion to the field of entertainment and news to do the job well. The candidate should describe what skills they possess to make them a perfect fit for the job.

Christina's Answer

"I want to be in the television industry because I believe I have a personality that will attract many viewers. I am fun and interesting and I can bring entertainment news alive."

4.

What stories do you believe are the most important to report?

The candidate should discuss different types of stories that entertainment anchors report on, and which ones should receive higher priority in a newscast over others. For instance, breaking news, celebrity deaths, and stories that involve highly popular people are typically prioritized because more people are likely to want to listen. The candidate should make his or herself a knowledgeable source about the industry.

Christina's Answer

"I believe the most important stories are the ones that reach the most people possible. If it affects many people, I will want to put it first in a show."

5.

How do you find the balance between national and local entertainment stories?

An entertainment reporter is expected to have a wide variety of stories of popular topics, including a range of local stories and also national ones. The candidate should discuss how they plan to balance these types of stories so locals will enjoy the show and feel invested in it.

Christina's Answer

"I feel that it is necessary to include as much local entertainment news in the show as possible because the locals will be interested in what is close by. However, fun entertainment stories from around the country lift people's spirits, and even sad ones are important to hear about."

6.

Why do you want to be an entertainment anchor?

The candidate should discuss what motivates them to come into work each day. They should talk about why they believe they are fit for the job based on their unique abilities and interests in the entertainment industry. The candidate may discuss why they wanted to get into the entertainment field in the first place and why they feel they will be successful moving forward.

Christina's Answer

"I want to be an entertainment anchor because I have been a curious reporter my entire life. I was raised with my mother who was always watching entertainment shows and magazines and I feel I have built up enough knowledge of the field to be able to take this on professionally."

7.

How do you take criticism?

A hiring manager is looking for someone who is able to take criticism well and able to make changes where it is necessary. The candidate should discuss not only how they work with others helping them or giving them gentle criticism, but also describe how criticism will ultimately make them a better reporter.

Christina's Answer

"I believe that criticism has shaped my career and made me a better person over time. I even ask for suggestions on how to improve my work after a while so I know where I can continue to grow."

8.

What is your experience in front of a camera?

The main responsibility of an anchor is to be in front of a camera. The candidate not only has to be able to produce content to report on television, but they must have the ability to talk on live television. The candidate should discuss their experience doing this and why they are a good fit for the station.

Christina's Answer

"In college, I interned with a local television station who taught me confidence in front of a camera. Since then, I have significantly improved speaking on camera without stumbling."

9.

What is your biggest failure professionally?

The candidate should discuss a time they have struggled in their work and how they worked to fix it. The candidate may use a time that they stumbled on television, or a time they had a communication failure with another worker. However, the candidate should show that they have grown from that experience and know how to not let it happen in the future.

Christina's Answer

"There was a time where I was not a great speaker on television. I stumbled often, and I was disappointed in myself. However, I have grown from that and practiced, and now I barely ever stumble."

10.

Why is this job right for you at this time?

The candidate should discuss the reasons why they are looking to take this job at this time in their life. Perhaps they have a future goal that the job will help with, or perhaps they are excited to take on a new journey. They should talk about why they believe this is a good time for them to take the job and why.

Christina's Answer

"I believe this entertainment anchor job is right for me at this time because I have worked hard in the news industry to learn how to write and be on television and now I feel that I am ready to take on my true passion, the entertainment world."

11.

What is your favorite entertainment story you have covered and why?

The candidate should discuss their favorite entertainment story and why it was their favorite. Through answering this question, they should show their deep passion for the entertainment field, and show their experience creating a story or anchoring a newscast that people want to listen to.

Christina's Answer

"My favorite story I have covered in the entertainment industry is the death of Prince. Even though it is a sad story, so many stories of people finding happiness through his music inspired me."

12.

What is your experience writing for television broadcasts?

The candidate should talk about their experience writing for television. They may talk about their experience writing for television broadcasts, or their past writing experience on other topics. They should talk about how they plan to write for the entertainment industry to attract viewers.

Christina's Answer

"I have been writing for television broadcasts in both news and entertainment for many years. I used to be a writer for the news industry as a producer, and that gave me great experience telling stories."

13.

How do you work under pressure?

A good anchor is able to work under tight deadlines to create stories or break news that may pop up a few minutes before or even during a newscast. They must be able to assemble a story that includes facts and sounds cohesive to the viewers. The candidate should discuss their experience working under pressure and how they would work if they experienced stress on the job.

Christina's Answer

"I work very well under pressure! A large part of the job is based on stressful situations and writing quickly and well, and I know I have what it takes to do the job well, even when it is challenging and I am under time constraints."

14.

Why is this station a good location for you?

The hiring manager wants to know why the candidate feels they are a good fit for this location and the news in this area. The candidate should show that they are well suited to cover entertainment news in this area based on their knowledge of the area, or their ability to adapt to new places.

Christina's Answer

"I believe this location and station are good fits for me because I grew up in this state and know about the stories that mean a lot to the locals."

15.

How do you find unique contacts within the entertainment industry?

A good entertainment anchor as unique and special contacts that help them find the best information possible about the latest and breaking news. The candidate should talk about the ways they find contacts and stay in touch with them so they can make the station have the best sources.

Christina's Answer

"Whenever I meet someone on the job, no matter who they are, I exchange business cards. Just in the event that I may need them in the future or they have a contact for me, it is important to keep contacts. I have so many people in my network and that will benefit the entertainment segment at this station."

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Interview Questions

  1. How does this job fit into your career plans?
  2. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  3. Why do you want to be in the television industry?
  4. What stories do you believe are the most important to report?
  5. How do you find the balance between national and local entertainment stories?
  6. Why do you want to be an entertainment anchor?
  7. How do you take criticism?
  8. What is your experience in front of a camera?
  9. What is your biggest failure professionally?
  10. Why is this job right for you at this time?
  11. What is your favorite entertainment story you have covered and why?
  12. What is your experience writing for television broadcasts?
  13. How do you work under pressure?
  14. Why is this station a good location for you?
  15. How do you find unique contacts within the entertainment industry?
  16. Why did you choose entertainment over other aspects of news?
  17. How do you keep up to date with entertainment news?
  18. Why do you think you are a good fit for the job?
  19. What are you most proud of in your career?
  20. What time of day do you work best in?
  21. What is your experience ad libbing when necessary on television?
  22. How do you work as a part of a team?
  23. What are your benefits expectations?
  24. What are your salary expectations?
  25. What is your experience with social media?
  26. What are your favorite types of stories to report?
  27. What is your experience in the entertainment industry?
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