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Would you be hesitant to ask potentially uncomfortable questions?

1 Journalist Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Hard hitting questions and uncomfortable silences. Can you handle it? An excellent journalist will never shy away from the tough stuff, and the hiring authority wants to make sure you are cut out for these moments.

Discuss how you never shy away from asking the tough questions. If possible, discuss a time when you conducted an interview that required you to prob and ask the hard questions.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I have no issues with asking potentially uncomfortable questions, and digging to get the answers that I need. That is the heart of true journalism after all! I will always go into an interview with pre-written questions, but if I sense that the story could go another direction, I will never hesitate to chase my intuition and ask some harder hitting questions."

Answer example

"I am not a shy person and, when I feel well-researched, I can ask any relevant question, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem. Recently I interviewed a politician accused of fraud. Because of my background in finance, I knew what questions would press a little harder than others. I did not hesitate to go down that road, and it was well worth the great article I was able to publish."

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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