A foreign correspondent must fully immerse his or herself in the culture and life in the foreign country they are corresponding for. They must explain to the hiring manager how life will be for them working abroad, including personally and professionally. They should discuss their experience traveling, their ability to change locations frequently, and their ability to absorb new cultures and news quickly.
"I am a great traveller and have always wanted to spend more time traveling the world. I believe this is a good time in my life to spend more time in a foreign country to change the way I think. I have already spent much of my life traveling and believe I have enough knowledge of foreign places to share with others."
One of the most challenging parts of journalism is staying ethically true to yourself and your company. The candidate should discuss any time in their career they have encountered a tricky ethical decision or situation and how they overcame it to what they believe was the right decision. This will give the interviewer an idea of how the candidate will make ethical decisions in the future.
"The hardest ethical decision I have ever made is when I interviewed the mother of a son who was a victim of sexual assault in a church. It was a hard decision to ultimately do the interview because the priest would not go on camera to talk about what had happened, so it was a one-sided story, but I wanted to do it so that their story got out and others would feel comfortable coming forward if it also happened to them."
The candidate should give an example of their favorite story and show why they are so passionate about reporting. The candidate should give an example of a story that was emotional in some capacity and reached a wide audience, and perhaps made an impact on the community. Through this answer, they should show how passionate they are about telling stories.
"My favorite story I have covered is about a firefighter who found a woman's wedding ring in the rubble of her home that was torn down by a tornado. It was a story that evoked much emotion, through the interviews and also in the aftermath, and telling such a positive story made my job worth doing."
The candidate should talk about other interests in life they have that they are passionate about. This will give the interviewer an idea of other things the candidate is good at, and other strengths they have to make them a valuable and versatile candidate. The candidate should talk about their other interests and why they ultimately chose to become a foreign correspondent instead.
"If I did not become a journalist, I would have become a teacher. I love working with children and I believe that I am really good at explaining things and can cater to a wide audience. Although this is not the direction my life took me, I believe the ability to speak to a variety of audiences makes me a great journalist."
While being a foreign correspondent is an exciting journey for journalists hoping to have a thrill, it comes with the cost of dangers abroad. The candidate should discuss any worries they have about the job, so the hiring manager can discuss how the company may protect them abroad, and ways they can work together to feel comfortable in the job.
"My one concern is the safety of my family while abroad. I am worried about my children attending school and feeling comfortable in a foreign place. I hope that you can help me protect my children, and perhaps give me a stipend for homeschooling."
A strong candidate is someone who is passionate about taking a job that will help them grow and learn as an employee. The candidate will show their deep desire for the job when they discuss with the interviewer the ways they hope they improve as a person and as a journalist by doing this job.
"I hope to gain a deeper understanding of foreign countries and how they compare to my home country. There are many biases about foreign countries that develop when two places or people do not know much about each other. I hope to squash these prejudices by fairly and accurately reporting the news from that country."
A good candidate is someone who stands out from the rest, and the aspiring foreign correspondent should discuss their unique traits that make them a good fit for the job. They should discuss their personality traits and past experience that make them highly qualified for the job. They should also talk about ways they will make the job special and invite new viewers into the picture.
"I belive I am a great candidate because I am very unique in the way that I have a soft personality. People are willing to tell me their story because I am kind and inviting. However, I ask the hard questions when I have to."
Oftentimes, foreign correspondents have a tricky time of securing interviews abroad because they are not trusted as much as local media within that country. Because of this, the candidate must be particularly good at finding commonalities between them and the country. The candidate should discuss how they gain trust in sources and keep that source for future use.
"I know how important it is to gain the trust of those abroad, and that is why I believe I am the perfect fit for the job. I am someone who believes firmly in doing accurate journalism that will help people trust me because I am telling the truth and working my hardest to find the best information."
A challenging aspect of the job is finding stories in a country that is completely foreign to the candidate. That person should discuss the ways they dig deeper into the community and talk to locals, rather than just report on politicians or the hot topics of the day. They should discuss ways they plan on finding unique and new stories to share.
"I believe some of the best stories are found in the lesser known places. I plan on venturing to some of the smallest corners of the country and talk to locals about what is going on in their lives, because oftentimes the biggest stories are the ones that are never shared."
Foreign correspondents often make a healthy salary because they are some of the more experienced reporters in the industry, and also have to move far away. Foreign correspondents make on average between $80,000-$120,000, depending on their level of experience, the company they are working for, and where they are being relocated to. The candidate should take this time to discuss what they hope to make in salary and come to an agreement with the interviewer.
"Since I have been working as a journalist and have been reporting on international relations for multiple years, I am highly qualified for this job and hope to make between $90,000-$100,000 so I can sustain a life abroad."
Being a foreign correspondent often requires a little bit of both kinds of work, but ultimately in such an online-driven society, they are responsible for at minimum posting videos of themselves online on assignment so the public can keep up with their stories. The candidate should discuss their experience in writing, and also their experience being on live television. They should talk about which they prefer doing for the job, but ultimately be positive about whatever they are assigned to do.
"I am a great writer, but I am also a great personality on television. I would prefer doing live broadcasts because I feel video along with my written stories will best get across my message."
One of the hardest tasks foreign reporters experience is finding new and important contacts to reach out to when looking for stories. The candidate should discuss their experience developing contacts in a completely new place and how they plan to do so upon arriving to their location.
"I have lived in many different states throughout my journalistic career and have had to develop completely new contacts quickly to do my job. I am ready to take on the challenge of doing that now abroad."
The candidate should discuss any skills they have to make them a fit candidate for living and reporting abroad. They should talk about what has lead them to this decision in life and how they believe they can add value to the station with them as a foreign correspondent. They should discuss why they are so passionate about taking this job and why they are so motivated to make the move and begin the job.
"I have always wanted to be a foreign correspondent. I went to school for journalism and always knew that when I was ready, I would move to a foreign country and report there. I am very good at immersing myself in a new culture and sharing it with the US, and I believe I am going to uncover great stories to share."
A foreign correspondent is required to report about anything going on in their designated foreign country, but oftentimes politics dominates the conversation. The candidate should demonstrate their deep knowledge of politics both in the United States and abroad. They should show how they would be a trusted source on politics.
"I studied politics in school and was a part of many political groups on campus because I loved learning about them. I was always heavily invested in learning international relations and the politics that go on within different countries."
Oftentimes in order to gain trust in foreign countries, correspondents should blend into the environment, including speaking their language. The candidate should discuss any other languages they speak and are fluent in, and where they may be best suited to work based on this information.
"I am fluent in Spanish. I know much about the history of Spain, as well as the language, and I would fit in well in a Spanish speaking country."
The candidate should discuss their experience in any foreign countries and how this information will help them do the job well. The candidate should give examples of foreign countries they are familiar with and how this would make them a strong candidate for working as a foreign correspondent there. The candidate could talk about how their knowledge of the culture, language, people, and politics will give them great insight into what is going on there to share with the home station.
"I have an extensive knowledge of foreign countries because I have been traveling my entire life. I believe my knowledge of South America in particular makes me a very good fit for a job there, as I know my way around well and I communicate well with locals."
Being a foreign correspondent requires the ability to work self-sufficiently and with minimal supervision. Foreign correspondents must be trusted to know what is good news and what stories are worth following and covering in that country. The candidate should discuss how they work individually, and any past experience they have working without managers or supervisors directly present. The candidate should describe what personality traits they have that make them a good fit for a remote job.
"I consider myself someone who loves to work remotely and independently. For many years I worked as a writer in my own home, and I enjoy doing my work alone. I have such a strong knowledge of journalism that I know I do not need someone constantly supervising me."
Foreign correspondents have a unique role of working hundreds of miles away from their newsroom. The candidate should discuss why they believe this type of job is a good fit for them and how they know they would be a good candidate to be the lead consultant for another country.
"I know I would be a good fit for the job because I love working remotely. I have worked remote jobs in the past with great success and I am a trustworthy source."
Foreign reporting requires much investigating and digging. Unlike reporting in the United States or in a home country, the reporter is expected to come up with completely original material. The candidate should discuss their reporting experience and their investigating techniques that make them highly qualified for the job.
"I have been a reporter for many years, and each time I start a new job, I have lived in a place I have never lived before. It takes much to get to know an area, and I have experienced starting from scratch in a foreign place before. Now I am ready to tackle the challenge of doing this, except abroad."
The candidate should discuss their writing experience and how they characterize their writing. The candidate may provide samples of writing in the past and talk about how they work to make their writing the best it can be. This will give the hiring manager an idea of how well the candidate writes and if that style will fit in with the type of writing job they are looking to fill.
"I have been writing ever since I can remember, and professionally I have been sought out for my creative writing style and ability to keep a story concise. I think this will make your station benefit from my great writing techniques."
Social media is one of the main ways for the foreign reporter to send back the information they have gathered. They share their stories, pictures, quotes, videos, and experiences on social media platforms so their audience can see instantly what is going on. This is the best and fastest way for information from foreign countries to reach the masses. The candidate should discuss their experience using social media and how they will do the job well.
"I love using social media because I love sharing my stories quickly and getting information out there. I have been using many social media platforms for many years to gather information but also to disseminate it, and you will see that I work quickly."
The foreign reporter is often accompanied by an experienced photographer who is tasked with recording all interviews and video shot for the reporter's story. The candidate must demonstrate they work well with a team, and knows how to work with another person towards a common goal of the story.
"I used to be my own photographer in the past, so I understand how difficult their job is. I have the necessary skills to help them shoot exactly what will work with my story, and I like having someone else there to bounce ideas off of."
Foreign correspondents often are stuck in potentially dangerous situations to report about the deadly events going on abroad. The candidate must talk about their ability to feel comfortable in these locations, and should talk about their ability to report at the same level as they would back home.
"I understand the dangers that may be presented in this job, but I feel the urgency and desire inside of me to keep others safe by being there to tell people what is going on elsewhere."
The foreign corespondent must have some baseline knowledge about international relations in order to be able to report on topics going on in that country. The candidate should discuss their knowledge of foreign policy and international relations. They should be able to know how to conduct themselves appropriately abroad according to other countries' policies, and should also know when others are not adhering to those laws.
"I minored in international relations in college and am very familiar with all of the law that pertains to various foreign countries. I believe I have such a good grasp of these areas that I can talk very intelligently about them, and am a great fit for reporting there."
The hiring manager is looking for someone who is confident talking on camera and can talk intelligently about their stories. This person must not stumble while talking, and can answer questions that the anchors may have for them about their story. This job is imperative because it is really the only way that the home country receives their information from the foreign country. The candidate should discuss their abilities on camera and how they plan to work in the job.
"I have many years of experience on camera and hope that my abilities only continue to develop in this job. I am confident and speak clearly and I have been told people are intrigued by my stories by the way I speak."
A foreign correspondent works for a news station or online or written publication, yet often live in another country. They are responsible for keeping the station or publication up to date on all of the latest news from that particular location. A foreign correspondent must be a strong writer and speaker and have all the necessary qualifications as a journalist to gather information and report it accurately on broadcasts or in written newspaper form. They also must be persuasive and dedicated to reporting and learning about the politics, language, social structure, and latest breaking news of the country. They must develop strong contacts within the country to have information that others may not yet know.