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Would you rather write a story that laid down the facts, or one that entertained an audience?

1 Journalist Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer is looking for a better idea on the type of writing, research, and journalism work you like to do. Perhaps you want to write factual, unbiased pieces related to current events. Or, maybe you prefer to write about the entertainment industry, pop culture, or other lighthearted pieces where you can better incorporate your personality.

Whichever style of writing you prefer, be sure to show the interviewer that you have enthusiasm for your work. Avoid pigeonholing yourself into just one type of writing by mentioning that your writing style is flexible and diverse.

Professional Answer Examples
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Answer example

"I love a good investigative story that lays out facts, timeline, and stirs up a bit of mystery. With that said, I do love to entertain and am skilled when it comes to writing interest pieces based on the entertainment industry. My writing style is diverse, and my interests include a broad range of topics."

Answer example

"I love entertainment writing, and will always lean towards stories that incorporate humor and personality. People most often remember a story that makes them laugh, and these pieces are more likely to be shared on social media. With that said, I will readily write unbiased and factual stories related to the news, politics, the environment, and social issues."

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
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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