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29 Questions and Answers by Christina Erne

Updated August 22nd, 2018 | Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY.
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Why is this job a good fit for you at this time?
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Being a foreign correspondent is certainly not a job for the first time reporter, and often requires much prior experience and knowledge of the field. The candidate should discuss why they believe this is the right time for them to take a job like this and what has lead them to this decision in life. Perhaps they have always had a passion for foreign relations and politics, or are looking for a change abroad. The candidate should discuss their unique situation and why they are a great fit.
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Why is this job a good fit for you at this time?
Being a foreign correspondent is certainly not a job for the first time reporter, and often requires much prior experience and knowledge of the field. The candidate should discuss why they believe this is the right time for them to take a job like this and what has lead them to this decision in life. Perhaps they have always had a passion for foreign relations and politics, or are looking for a change abroad. The candidate should discuss their unique situation and why they are a great fit.

Christina's Answer
"I have been working as a journalist for a decade and I am looking for a change. I am looking for a challenge and I feel like that is only possible if I move outside of the country."
2.
If you could start your career over again, what would you do and why?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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What are your salary expectations?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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How do you work with a potential interview candidate to get them to trust you?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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How do you form relationships with important contacts for stories?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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How does your knowledge of foreign countries help you in this job?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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What is your experience working with a photography team?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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How do you work away from a newsroom?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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Do you prefer working in print or broadcasting?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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What is your experience being on live television?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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How do you find new stories to report on?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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What unique qualities do you have that make you a good fit for this job?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
13.
What do you hope to gain in doing this job?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
14.
Is there anything holding you back from working in another country?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
15.
What is your favorite story you have ever covered and why?
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.

Christina's Answer
"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."
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Interview Questions
  1. Why is this job a good fit for you at this time?
  2. If you could start your career over again, what would you do and why?
  3. What are your salary expectations?
  4. How do you work with a potential interview candidate to get them to trust you?
  5. How do you form relationships with important contacts for stories?
  6. How does your knowledge of foreign countries help you in this job?
  7. What is your experience working with a photography team?
  8. How do you work away from a newsroom?
  9. Do you prefer working in print or broadcasting?
  10. What is your experience being on live television?
  11. How do you find new stories to report on?
  12. What unique qualities do you have that make you a good fit for this job?
  13. What do you hope to gain in doing this job?
  14. Is there anything holding you back from working in another country?
  15. What is your favorite story you have ever covered and why?
  16. What is the hardest ethical decision you have ever had to make and how did you resolve it?
  17. How do you stay up to date with news globally?
  18. How does this job fit into your career plans?
  19. What are your benefits expectations?
  20. What is your experience in foreign countries?
  21. What do you know about foreign policy and international relations?
  22. Are you worried about putting yourself in potentially dangerous situations?
  23. What is your experience with social media?
  24. How would you describe your writing experience?
  25. What is your experience with investigative journalism?
  26. Why do you think you are a good fit for a remote job?
  27. Do you speak any other languages besides English?
  28. What is your experience with politics?
  29. Why do you want to be a foreign correspondent?
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