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

1 Journalist Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

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
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 an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Published: 01/27/2019
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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