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What negative things have you heard about our publication?

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

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 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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