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Would you be hesitant to ask potentially uncomfortable questions?

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

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
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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 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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