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What was the worst performing story you have ever written? What did you learn from the experience?

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

We all have fails in our career, from time to time. Talk to the interviewer about a story, or another piece of work that you have published, and what went wrong. Perhaps you cited an unreliable source, had plenty of typos (oops!) or mixed up names and facts, making for an uninformed read. It's okay to have failed at times, but what matters, is what you did to pick yourself up and recover.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"When I was newer to journalism, I used an anonymous source without doing enough due diligence. I was green and got caught up in the excitement of a potentially breaking story. It was an embarrassing fallout which led to my making an apology, and a huge lesson learned. Now, I refuse nearly all anonymous sources and am sure to research any sources, heavily."

Answer example

"When I look back at my writing, some of my pieces from the earlier years make me laugh. I covered small things in my hometown, such as interviews with councilors. I just scratched the surface in many of these interviews, never wanting to ask the tough questions. Simply put, I didn't deliver the value that I could have to my readership at the time. Now, I dig deeper into every piece, ensuring that my work adds value and is part of an important conversation."

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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