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Journalist Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Journalist was updated on January 27th, 2019. Learn more here.

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How did you prepare for this interview?

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Journalist Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    How did you prepare for this interview?

  2. 2.

    How do you determine priorities when you have multiple deadlines approaching?

  3. 3.

    In what type of situations is it better to stretch the truth to sell a story?

  4. 4.

    Being a journalist is a 24/7 job. Are you prepared to always be on, and available?

  5. 5.

    Tell me about the last book you read and what your biggest takeaway was from the experience.

  6. 6.

    Walk me through your education.

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    Would you rather write a story that laid down the facts, or one that entertained an audience?

  8. 8.

    Do you have aspirations to work for one of the 'Big 4' networks?

  9. 9.

    Rate for me your knowledge of social media. In which platforms are you the strongest?

  10. 10.

    In a world filled with fake news, how do you ensure the legitimacy of your sources?

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    If you could write about anything, which topic would you choose and why?

  12. 12.

    How would you make our blog more compelling, increase readership and boost social shares?

  13. 13.

    If you could improve your writing style in any way, what area would you focus on?

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    Which famous writer are you inspired by or appreciate the most?

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    Do you consider yourself a persuasive person? How important is the power of persuasion, in journalism?

  16. 16.

    When a significant problem arises, what is your first reaction?

  17. 17.

    Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

  18. 18.

    Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?

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    Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?

  20. 20.

    What issue, currently on the political agenda, interests you the most right now?

  21. 21.

    Which topics interest you the most, when it comes to reading, writing, and research?

  22. 22.

    How important is it to exercise impartial narrative in your writing?

  23. 23.

    Are you comfortable interviewing people? Tell me about your exposure to one-on-one interviews.

  24. 24.

    Would you be hesitant to ask potentially uncomfortable questions?

  25. 25.

    Would you take on a story that could tarnish the reputation of another?

  26. 26.

    How do you feel about recent steps towards the regulation of social media?

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    Do you prefer AP Style or Chicago Style writing? Which writing style guide do you best follow?

  28. 28.

    What was the worst performing story you have ever written? What did you learn from the experience?

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    Name 3 qualities you include in every story you write.

  30. 30.

    What negative things have you heard about our publication?