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27 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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How do you find story ideas?
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Finding stories may be tough, especially because the entire world is the field producer's playground. The candidate should discuss how they plan on finding stories that are worth covering and how they choose what to cover after sifting through thousands of potential ones. They may talk about what they consider a good or bad story and which ones they would choose over others.
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1.
How do you find story ideas?
Finding stories may be tough, especially because the entire world is the field producer's playground. The candidate should discuss how they plan on finding stories that are worth covering and how they choose what to cover after sifting through thousands of potential ones. They may talk about what they consider a good or bad story and which ones they would choose over others.

Christina's Answer
"I find story ideas through sources on social media, through friends, and through digging through blogs myself. I like to find stories that are fun, interesting, and will get the public interested or push them into movement."
2.
What is your experience with social media?
A field producer is expected to help the reporter send all of their pictures and video updates to social media throughout the course of their story. The candidate should describe their experience working with social media and how they plan on managing the accounts so the public gets the information they want to know about the story before it airs.

Christina's Answer
"I have been using social media for many years, and feel that I am a professional using it. I love putting videos online for viewers to get interested and excited for our stories, and I am able to help the reporters do this and take some of the burden off their hands while we are on a story."
3.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
The hiring manager is looking for someone who plans on sticking around within the company for a while so they become a very knowledgeable and trustworthy person. The candidate should discuss what skills they hope to develop while in the job and where they may take them in the future. They should discuss how if they remain in the job in five years from now, what kind of a worker they will be compared to when they first start. This shows the interviewer that they are motivated to grow and improve over time.

Christina's Answer
"In five years from now, I see myself becoming the lead producer at the station. Although I hope to do a great job as a field producer here, I believe it will give me great experience from the field as a producer. I can take that knowledge of what field producers and reporters go through and implement it in studio."
4.
What are your salary expectations?
Field producers make a wide range of salaries based on prior experience and the station that they are working at. However, typically field producers make the same salary as a producer, between $40,000-$80,000. The candidate should present a reasonable range of salaries they expect to make given their qualifications for the job.

Christina's Answer
"Since I have worked as a producer in the past, I believe as a field producer I would like to be paid $50,000-$55,000 because I will need to be prepared to travel often."
5.
What are your benefits expectations?
Field producers travel for their job, so it is reasonable for a candidate to ask about compensation for travel, flights, hotels, clothing, and food while on the road for the job. The candidate should discuss all of the finances required to do the job and what they will be given financially to get it all done.

Christina's Answer
"Since I will be traveling on the job and not for pleasure, I would like to be compensated for all of my purchases relating to the job, such as airfare, gas money, hotels, and even some meals, as I typically would not eat out at restaurants if I were at home for work."
6.
How familiar are you with traveling?
A field producer is expected to travel far and wide for stories or productions with a team of reporters and photographers. The candidate must discuss their experience traveling, preferably for work, and how they plan on working while on the road. The candidate may discuss communication skills they have and determination to keep things running smoothly while away.

Christina's Answer
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7.
What is your experience producing?
A field producer should have some kind of background experience producing shows in house, meaning they have previously worked, trained, or interned at a television station or company where they produced shows directly at the studio. The hiring manager wants to know if the candidate has performed this type of job before, and is ready to take the jump and produce segments away from the studio. The candidate should discuss their experience producing and show why they are a good fit to be someone who produces under less supervision away from the station.

Christina's Answer
"I have worked as a producer at other stations for a number of years, and am looking for a new challenge. Although I love producing in house, I believe I have specific qualities in me that make me a good fit to be out with reporters helping to put a story together."
8.
What does this career mean to you?
The candidate should discuss what being a field producer really means in their opinion, especially certain responsibilities they will have that may be lesser known. The candidate should use this time to talk about how they will make the job special and unique in their own way, and not just do the job, but go above and beyond to make it even greater.

Christina's Answer
"To me, being a field producer is more than producing a show. It is someone who is in charge of managing and running the entire story smoothly, and helping out everyone included in creating the story. The field producing does so much of the footwork, the phone calls, and planning, and I hope to do it one day."
9.
What are your favorite types of stories/productions to produce?
The candidate should talk about their favorite stories and talk about why they love reporting these types of stories so much. Perhaps they like stories that are happy, and perhaps they like emotional or breaking stories that people need to know immediately. They should talk about their strengths in producing as it relates to their favorite types of stories.

Christina's Answer
"My favorite type of news to produce is breaking news. I love how fast everything changes and I want to see if my team and I can be the first to confirm information and get it out to the public."
10.
How would you describe your writing and editing skills?
The candidate should discuss their experience writing scripts for television broadcasts and editing scripts to be aired and spoken on TV. One of the field producer's main responsibilities is producing great content for a show, so this is a critical part of their job. The candidate should talk about their writing style, and their ability to write fast, clear, concise, and well. They should also talk about how they help the reporters write well and produce great stories out of what they have.

Christina's Answer
"My writing is extraordinary for television, and I believe my ability to write concisely for short television segments will make me a valuable addition to a team. I can help reporters put their ideas down into great writing that viewers will enjoy."
11.
How well do you work remotely?
A good field producer is able to work remotely and does not need much supervision to do their job. The candidate should discuss their ability and confidence in doing their job without being in the presence of any other workers. They must talk about their experience helping a reporter put together a story without needing to be directed by someone else. They must talk about their willingness to work on their own and independently.

Christina's Answer
"I believe that I do my best work out of the office because I am free to work without people constantly talking to me. I love contacting supervisors for help or suggestions occasionally, but I mainly feel that my best work is done remotely when I can work independently."
12.
Why is this job right for you at this time?
The candidate should discuss why they believe this type of job is a good fit for them at this stage of life and in their career. They may talk about their ability to move around often for jobs and travel, or their ability and experience to help reporters improve the quality of work in the field.

Christina's Answer
"I think being a field producer is great for me right now because I have the freedom to travel for stories. I am young and have the drive in this field to find new stories and do deep digging during my travels."
13.
Why did you choose to become a producer rather than a reporter or photographer?
The candidate should describe what sets them apart as a producer and makes them the perfect candidate for the job. While producers are able to do many of the jobs in news because they are so versatile, the candidate should talk about exactly why field producing is the way for them to go and how they can help people in other types of jobs grow as a result of their producing.

Christina's Answer
"I wanted to become a field producer instead of any other job because I feel that my presence on camera is not necessary to make a good story. I believe that I am great at gathering information and doing so quickly to help out the greater good of a team, and I would rather produce hard and great work behind the scenes rather than compromise my time getting ready to be on television."
14.
Have you progressed in your career as you had planned?
Candidates can be in various stages of their career, from moving quickly up the ladder, to moving slower than they had hoped. The candidate should be open and honest about where they are at and where they plan to go from here. If the candidate has moved quickly, they may talk about how they are proud of where they have gone so far and where they hope to be in their career after this job. If the candidate has moved slower than they would have liked, they may talk about what has slowed their path and how they will make up for lost time.

Christina's Answer
"While it took me a few years to figure out exactly what career path I wanted to take in life, I am glad I found it out when I did. I hope this job will help me develop my skills quicker than taking a role as a regular producer so I can continue to grow fast."
15.
How do you work in stressful situations?
Working as a field producer often comes with a job that is very high stress. The producer must have to change plans quickly, face breaking news and emergencies, and face scary, tricky situations with often difficult decisions to make. The candidate should discuss how they work under pressure and how their work is effected when stress is introduced. Even if the candidate is not confident they work well under stress, they should be positive that they could work on this to improve their abilities.

Christina's Answer
"I find that I do some of my best work under stress. I like being given a deadline or a time crunch so I can work fast and not have time to second guess my decisions."
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Interview Questions
  1. How do you find story ideas?
  2. What is your experience with social media?
  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  4. What are your salary expectations?
  5. What are your benefits expectations?
  6. How familiar are you with traveling?
  7. What is your experience producing?
  8. What does this career mean to you?
  9. What are your favorite types of stories/productions to produce?
  10. How would you describe your writing and editing skills?
  11. How well do you work remotely?
  12. Why is this job right for you at this time?
  13. Why did you choose to become a producer rather than a reporter or photographer?
  14. Have you progressed in your career as you had planned?
  15. How do you work in stressful situations?
  16. What are your least favorite types of stories and shows to produce?
  17. How do you stay up to date with news across the country?
  18. What is your experience developing contacts and sources?
  19. Do you consider yourself an organized person?
  20. What is your favorite part about being a field producer?
  21. What unique skills do you have to do the job?
  22. What time of day do you work best?
  23. What experience do you have managing a team?
  24. Why do you want to work in the field rather than in the office?
  25. Why do you want to become a field producer?
  26. Do you consider yourself a creative person?
  27. What is your experience working in the television/entertainment industry?
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