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.
"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."
"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."