As a journalist, you will write stories and articles where interviewing a subject matter expert, an influencer, or even a witness, is a requirement. The interviewer would like to know that you can conduct interviews without feeling shy or incapable.
If you have experience conducting one-on-one interviews, you can discuss that experience by talking about the most challenging conversation you have ever undertaken.
If you do not have experience with one-on-one interviews, discuss any training you have received or mention how capable you feel doing interviews.
"I have interviewed hundreds of people in my journalism career; whether on the phone, in person, or through video calling. I am comfortable making cold calls to book interviews, and I am more than capable of asking the tough questions. Some of the most memorable interviews I have done include a one-on-one meeting with our local police chief, the mayor, and a couple of Olympic hopefuls from our city."
"Although I am newer to my role as a journalist, and have not yet taken on any significant interviews, I do have experience reaching out to potential people for an interview, and cold calling to find strong sources. I hope to gain much more experience with conducting one-on-one interviews in this position with your publication."