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

1 of 30 Journalist Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on January 27th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Answer example

"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."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 01/27/2019
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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