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

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

Published 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

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?"

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"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 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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