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

1 Journalist Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

This question is one of interest, and your response will give the interviewer a good idea of the types of topics in which you like to immerse yourself. The wrong answer to this question is that you don't enjoy reading, or that you aren't reading anything at the moment! A great journalist is ever-curious, loves to learn, and perform research. Discuss the book you are reading and, if you'd like to start a good conversation with the interviewer, you could also ask what book they are diving into currently. Reading recommendations are always a great topic of discussion!

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"Right now, I am reading 'Bunk' by Kevin Young. Have you heard of it? The book addresses the rise of fake news, plagiarism, and hoaxes in media and publications today. It's been an informative and eye-opening read. I try to pick up a new book every couple of weeks. Do you have any favorite books you'd like to recommend?"

Answer example

"This year I committed to reading one new book every week. This week, I am reading 'Evicted' by Matthew Desmond. It dives into poverty in America which is a topic that I have always found fascinating. The gap between the rich and the poor, and what our country can do to help others flourish. I'd love to hear your recommendations if you have some for me!"

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
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