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30 Questions and Answers by Christina Erne

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY.
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What is your experience on live television?
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Multimedia journalists are often expected to report live without stumbling, stuttering, or making mistakes. They are also expected to know their story well by the time they are live, so that they will not mess up and are able to best communicate the story to viewers clearly and concisely. Interviewers must make sure the candidate they choose need little training and are not shy in front of an audience. They are also looking for someone who speaks clearly and does not get nervous easily, even under pressure.
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1.
What is your experience on live television?
Multimedia journalists are often expected to report live without stumbling, stuttering, or making mistakes. They are also expected to know their story well by the time they are live, so that they will not mess up and are able to best communicate the story to viewers clearly and concisely. Interviewers must make sure the candidate they choose need little training and are not shy in front of an audience. They are also looking for someone who speaks clearly and does not get nervous easily, even under pressure.

Christina's Answer
"Although I have never been live before, I have been featured in many of my own stories to air on television. I am confident that my practice in doing so will help me succeed and not freeze up on camera when I am live. Over time, I am sure my confidence will grow."
2.
What are your salary expectations?
The candidate should pose a realistic idea of what they hope to receive for a salary. Typically, multimedia journalists make between $20,000-$40,000 depending on the television market size located within the city at which the job is located. The more viewers the station or website receives, the more the multimedia journalist can expect to be paid. Therefore, the candidate should answer with a range of salaries based on their previous salary and what they expect to make in the new location.

Christina's Answer
"In my previous job, I made $28,000 as a multimedia journalist in Bangor, Maine. Since I am moving a long distance and in a higher quality publication, I would hope you would consider paying me between $30,000-$34,000."
3.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
The candidate should answer honestly with where they would like to be in their career in the near future, and how this job would help them achieve that. The answer should be a realistic one, and use parts of the current job they are applying for to show what they plan to achieve within that position and how they hope to improve over the next few years in order to reach future goals.

Christina's Answer
"In five years, I see myself working as a reporter with a photographer. While I love shooting video for myself and working on stories alone, I hope to become so advanced in my interviewing and communication skills that I can focus more on forming relationships with the public in that way and let a full-time photographer help me tell my story."
4.
Why do you think this particular city/state/television market would benefit from you working here?
The candidate should discuss their best qualities as they relate to multimedia journalism and how their knowledge of the job will benefit the whole community. The candidate can discuss ways that their reporting, writing, and photography could help spread the word on local issues, national concerns, or human interest stories to boost spirits.

A good response should make the candidate seem like they want to be a part of the community and will strive to get to know the location they are in. Oftentimes in the field, a multimedia journalist must move to a new part of the country that they have never lived in before, and they must demonstrate their ability to get to know a new area quickly.

Christina's Answer
"I believe Albany, New York will benefit from me working here because I am already familiar with the northeast. I love the weather here, and know that snow is a big economy drive in the area. My prior knowledge of the northeast will help me gain insight into the topics that people in Albany care about."
5.
Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
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. This will also give the interviewer an idea of the other kinds of work you are capable of doing, and certain work you are not as successful at.

Christina's Answer
"My first job was as a painter. Although it helped me develop my creativity, which helps me become a colorful writer today, it did not allow me to tell other people's stories and travel, which I hope to gain in this job."
6.
How do you plan to come up with fresh story ideas?
Finding good quality stories daily or weekly is crucial to being a multimedia journalist. The candidate should be able to provide examples of how they uncover stories in the community where the station or company is. Fresh ideas of how to find stories will indicate that the candidate will be constantly providing fresh content for the television station or website.

Christina's Answer
"One of my favorite ways to come up with story ideas is to sit at a local coffee shop for a few hours. I listen to what the locals are talking about, and I see where they are going throughout the day and what they are doing out the window. By getting a sense of what they read, what they wear, and what they are passionate about, I can find great stories they will care about."
7.
What are your benefits expectations?
Besides basic benefits typically offered in a full time job such as medical and dental care, multimedia media journalists often receive a stipend for clothing, makeup, or other things that are required for them to do their job. Candidates should respond by mentioning what they received in their previous job, or what they expect they will need based on the job description.

Christina's Answer
"Since I am expected to be live every night on television, I need to wear makeup, which is a cost that adds up. I would like to have the station cover my makeup costs."
8.
How does this position fit into your career goals?
This is a chance for the candidate to talk about how this job will fit in their dreams, instead of taking any job offer that comes along. The candidate must prove that this job is one that they will treasure, and will prove themselves to be exceptional at. They must demonstrate that they see themselves working as a multimedia journalist or another related job for the foreseeable future, and that this job will help them achieve a life goal.

Christina's Answer
"I have always wanted to be a multimedia journalist, and this job will help develop my skills, so that someday I can work at a national television station. At your station, not only will I produce great stories for you, but I will constantly be improving and fine tuning my skills, so that someday I can make it to national news."
9.
What is your least favorite part of being a multimedia journalist?
A good response conveys to the hiring manager that the candidate does not enjoy covering a certain topic, or does not enjoy a particular part of the job, but ultimately can overcome it. The candidate should always be positive about how they hope to improve, or how they could learn to love it if they had to do it. While the response should always end positively, it is a good response to let the hiring manager know what the candidate struggles with most, so they can ultimately decide if this particular job is a good fit for them.

Christina's Answer
"My least favorite part of being a multimedia journalist is transcribing interviews. I often remember the content of my interviews and it takes very long for me to type out each word of the interview so I can write a story. However, over time, my typing speed has already improved, and my accuracy has gotten much better as well. Luckily, it is just a small part of the job, and I am already seeing improvement in my own transcribing skills."
10.
What is your favorite story you have covered?
The candidate should respond by giving a story or anecdote of their favorite story and explain why it is their favorite. The candidate should use an example that highlights all of their skill sets and tells the interviewer a little bit about their personality and stories they like to cover.

Christina's Answer
"In my previous job, I covered a story about local veterans raising a rare breed of pigs at a dairy farm. Not only did the veterans have a farm to take care of, which helped them ease their way back into the work force, but also brought a dying breed back from potential extinction. I loved this story because I got to work with animals, which I love, and I enjoyed seeing how happy the coverage made the veterans and their families."
11.
What was the most challenging story you have ever covered?
The candidate should respond by telling the interviewer the most difficult story they have ever covered as a multimedia journalist, especially one that has been emotional. The candidate can respond well by using this example to show that they can still work under pressure, regardless of the topic they are covering. They also should respond by showing that they can learn from covering sometimes difficult events or stories, yet stay calm and unnerved while doing so. A good response would show that the candidate learned something from the challenging experience.

Christina's Answer
"The hardest story I have ever covered is when a college boy went missing and his body was found in a local river. Although this was a traumatic story to cover and it was difficult to interview his family, I learned how to communicate gently with a mourning family. If I ever covered a sad story like this again, I would know exactly how to tell of the loss without offending family and loved ones."
12.
Why did you want to become a multimedia journalist?
A good answer should include why the candidate wants to perform the job, and why they feel that they have the skills to do it well. A candidate should explain their experience in writing, reporting, interviewing, and editing video and pictures. The candidate should highlight what has influenced them to become a multimedia journalist.

Christina's Answer
"I want to become a multimedia journalist because I love to tell stories through writing, but also through pictures and video. I feel that I have experience in using multiple types of media to tell a thorough story for our television broadcasts and for our website."
13.
What is your experience working with technology and social media?
The candidate should talk about their experience working with social media and the most up-to-date and popular social media technologies. This shows that once they create a story, they are able to share it on multiple platforms so the website or television station will gain viewers and followers. Multimedia journalism is a constantly changing field due to the rapid changes in technology, and the candidate must explain how they are with adapting to new technologies and how quickly they can learn.

Christina's Answer
"I am well versed in using Twitter, Facebook, and most recently learned how to go live on Periscope. However, if viewers in this community like getting their information from another social media source, I am a quick learner who can learn how to do use it in no time."
14.
What is one ethical question you have run into while reporting a story and how did you resolve it?
The field of journalism often challenges a person's ethical decision-making, especially when investigating controversial stories. It is important for a candidate to show that they will not put the station or company at risk for getting into legal trouble for any of their investigations. The candidate also must show that they use good moral judgment and care about those they interview, and will not wrongfully accuse someone, or write something false about them to harm their future reputation.

Christina's Answer
"In the past, I interviewed the family of a woman who was being investigated for a murder. Even though there was much evidence she was guilty, ethically I had to make sure I protected the family's privacy in my story by not releasing their last names and I had to report on it fairly and evenly on both sides."
15.
How well do you work with a team?
The candidate should discuss how they work with others, including those who will be editing and critiquing their work, and assigning them daily tasks. The candidate should demonstrate that they are willing to do any job and cover any story they are given, and are willing to help others in the office succeed by doing what they are assigned and finishing on time.

Christina's Answer
"I am a team player, and enjoy bouncing ideas off others within a group so I can produce my best work. I often find that team members help me improve my work, and find errors I have made that I did not see before. Also, I feel that I do a good job editing other's work, so they can also produce clean copy and great video."
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Interview Questions
  1. What is your experience on live television?
  2. What are your salary expectations?
  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  4. Why do you think this particular city/state/television market would benefit from you working here?
  5. Have you ever taken a role in a company that hasn't fit into your long-term career plans?
  6. How do you plan to come up with fresh story ideas?
  7. What are your benefits expectations?
  8. How does this position fit into your career goals?
  9. What is your least favorite part of being a multimedia journalist?
  10. What is your favorite story you have covered?
  11. What was the most challenging story you have ever covered?
  12. Why did you want to become a multimedia journalist?
  13. What is your experience working with technology and social media?
  14. What is one ethical question you have run into while reporting a story and how did you resolve it?
  15. How well do you work with a team?
  16. If you could choose one subject to cover for the rest of your career, what would it be?
  17. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  18. How do you work on tight deadline?
  19. What part of the job are you most excited about?
  20. How will your previous experience help you exceed at being a multimedia journalist?
  21. When did you realize you wanted to become a multimedia journalist?
  22. What was the biggest mistake you have ever made while on the job?
  23. What are your favorite types of stories to report on?
  24. Why is this job a good fit for you?
  25. Who is your biggest role model?
  26. What does the title "multimedia journalist" mean to you?
  27. What is your favorite part about being a multimedia journalist?
  28. What is your experience with lighting?
  29. What is your experience with working cameras?
  30. What skills do you have that set you apart from other potential candidates?
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