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What negative things have you heard about our publication?

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By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

This question is a tricky one because you do not want to foster an air of negativity during the interview. If you have heard negative things about the employer, you likely do not yet have the rapport to bring it up let alone help them make a move towards change. Keep your answer light and comfortable for the interviewer to address. The key here is to complete your response on a positive note.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I read on Glassdoor that growth within your organization can be slow. Could you comment on that for me? I am interested in joining a publication where growth opportunities are present as I prove myself to be a valuable team member. With that said, I have heard many more amazing things about your company, as opposed to negative."

Answer example

"Negative does not always mean it's true - this is one lesson that I have learned after years of being a journalist. I have heard primarily great things about your publication. Anything negative that I have heard, such as turnover or slow growth, are complaints that nearly all media organizations receive."

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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