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Meteorologist Interview

24 Meteorologist Interview Questions

By: Christina Erne

Question 1 of 24
How would you react if you made a mistake on-air?
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How to Answer
A good response would show that the candidate is humble and able to take responsibility for mistakes. Meteorology is an imperfect science, and in order to be credible, they must admit mistakes when they happen or afterward. A candidate should respond by discussing their ability to recognize mistakes on the fly, such as incorrect numbers or text on their graphics and explain it to the public so they are not misinformed. They should also respond by mentioning that they would be comfortable addressing the issue later with the public so they will continue to be taken seriously.

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Question 2 of 24
Why did you choose to become a forecaster instead of another type of climatologist?
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A good response to this question would be to explain why forecasting is so important to the aspiring meteorologist. A good answer would include aspects of the person's previous experience and how their love for weather sets them apart from other meteorologists the station could hire. It is important for the interviewer to know that the meteorologist is knowledgeable about various aspects of climatology, not just forecasting, but ultimately chose forecasting for a good reason.

Question 3 of 24
What are your salary expectations?
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How to Answer
The candidate should be honest about what they want to make, as compared to why they want to leave their previous job.

Question 4 of 24
Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
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Most people have taken on a position that was not a fit for them in the end. It's best top openly discuss any positions that you have held that were not a fit. This will assist the interviewer in being able to properly place you within their organization. Be sure to end your answer on a positive note, discussing how you bounced back from the misstep. Further, the candidate should talk about how they know their new career path of meteorology is the one for them and how they have learned from their previous mistakes.

Question 5 of 24
How would you respond to working extra shifts?
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A candidate should be honest with their schedule, but aware that the field of meteorology requires flexibility around the weather. The candidate should express how in the event of severe weather, they will be available to come in at any time to inform the public on what is going on. The candidate should discuss prior commitments they have outside of work, such as children or elderly parents, but discuss how they could find a way to put their career first if need be in certain situations.

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Author of Meteorologist Answers and Questions

Christina Erne
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 04/08/2017
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Meteorologist

August 18th, 2017

A meteorologist is a scientist who forecasts the weather by using their advanced knowledge of atmospheric sciences. They are responsible for using their command of math and science to predict weather and climate and explain the weather on television to the public in a clear and simple way by using graphics, satellite and radar images, and statistics.

To prepare for an interview in meteorology, one must prepare to explain their experience in meteorology, including presenting copies of a degree in the field, or official credentials provided by an official meteorology group, such as the American Meteorological Society. They must be able to discuss their previous experience in forecasting, and provide examples of some of the storms or severe weather events they have covered and forecasted and how they predicted correctly.

They must be able to provide a video reel of examples of previous live weather broadcasts and explain how they react on live television when new weather information breaks or technology fails. They must also provide examples of their experience with weather graphics programs, such as WSI, Intellicast, OBS, etc. They must also be able to discuss their ability to work with team of weather casters and creating a forecast with a team, and coordinating with the newsroom in the case of severe weather events. Aspiring meteorologists should also be able to provide examples of their presence on social media, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more to disseminate their forecast to viewers and in some cases warning the public of severe weather.