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26 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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Are you able to work nights and weekends?
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Jobs in the news industry often require working weekends, late nights, early mornings, and long hours. The candidate should discuss their availability working various hours.
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1.
Are you able to work nights and weekends?
Jobs in the news industry often require working weekends, late nights, early mornings, and long hours. The candidate should discuss their availability working various hours.

Christina's Answer
"I will be able to work any and all hours necessary to get the job done."
2.
Why do you want to be a news researcher?
A hiring manager is looking for someone who is passionate about news, researching, and all of the skills that are necessary to be a news researcher. While being a news researcher may be a stepping stone to a larger job in news, the candidate should still be interested in doing the job at hand the best they can. They should discuss why they are passionate about the field.

Christina's Answer
"I want to be a news researcher because I love news and I want to grow my skills for finding news stories. I want to find great stories for the reporters here to work on."
3.
What are your least favorite types of stories to find?
This is an opportunity for the candidate to talk about any biases they may have and how they can abstain from letting it influence their work. Perhaps the candidate has a preference for a political candidate for instance and will not want to share stories with the newsroom about them. The candidate should be honest about this, so if they are hired, the newsroom will be sure to check for stories that may have been missed. Overall, hiring managers are looking for someone with no biases and just look for the best stories.

Christina's Answer
"My least favorite types of stories are ones with a lack of visuals, so I typically choose to pass on stories that are about bills passing. I know our political reporters will discuss them, but as for stories to air on TV, these are not visually appealing."
4.
What are your salary expectations?
The candidate should present the hiring manager with a range of salaries they expect to make in the job based on their prior experience and worth. A news researcher in a starting position may make anywhere between $20,000-$40,000 depending on where they are working and the size of the company they are working for. The candidate should be realistic with their price range and discuss where they hope to aim to come to a decision.

Christina's Answer
"I hope to make between $30,000-$32,000 since I have prior experience in the news industry and can deliver great stories to your newsroom."
5.
Why is this job right for you at this time?
The candidate should answer honestly why they have decided to choose this job at this time of their life. Whether they are entering this career field late in life, breaking into it for the first time, or some other reason for moving into the position, the candidate should explain what has brought them here and why they know it is the perfect next move for them.

Christina's Answer
"I believe this job is right for me at this time because I am looking forward to learning more about the news industry. I have great skills at researching online and want to learn more about how to investigate."
6.
Do you consider yourself a leader?
The candidate should talk about how they have been leaders in previous jobs and experiences and how they will rise to the role of a leader in the current job. A news researcher runs the desk finding stories that are important, and has to be able to demonstrate that they can take charge and lead the news stories for the day when they have to.

Christina's Answer
"I consider myself a strong leader. In the past, I have demonstrated my ability to step up to the challenge of sharing important news stories with producers and reporters and getting the story done before other stations."
7.
Have you ever taken a job in a company you regretted?
The candidate has the opportunity to discuss what other careers or career paths the candidate has tried, and why they were not a good fit. The candidate should talk about what qualities of their personality are good for the current job, and why those qualities were not good fits for other jobs.

Christina's Answer
"I once took a job as a cook in a restaurant but realized I did not like the late hours at night. I find that I work best in the morning, and I hope this makes me a good fit as a morning side researcher or a day side one."
8.
If you could start your career over again, what path would you choose?
The candidate can express what other skills they have to make them a worthy worker through discussing what other careers they would choose if they left news. The candidate should talk about what other careers have been interesting to them and what skills they possess to set them apart from others.

Christina's Answer
"If I chose a new career path, I would become a teacher because I work well with children and find that I enjoy learning new things from them each day. In news researching, I also love learning new things each day and that's why I believe this is the perfect job for me."
9.
What are your plans for the next 5 years?
While the future is uncertain, the candidate can probably see where obtaining this job will take them in the short term future. The candidate should discuss what they hope to achieve in this job and where they will hope to strive within the company.

Christina's Answer
"In the next five years, I look forward to learning how to be the best possible news researcher so I can someday be trusted to become a news producer. While I love being a news researcher, I hope to receive training in writing stories along with finding them so I can move up in careers."
10.
What are your benefits expectations?
Oftentimes in the news industry, workers get compensation for their time other than just a salary, such as gas money, parking, or other compensation. The candidate may want to suggest other benefits they are interested in so they can come to an agreement.

Christina's Answer
"I hope to be compensated for my long drive. You're hiring for me for my strong researching skills, but I am traveling a long distance to do so."
11.
What is your experience with social media?
The news researcher conducts many duties on social media platforms, from finding stories to publishing them online for the public to read. The candidate should talk about their experience working with social media and their fluency finding stories online. The candidate should discuss what makes them stand out in terms of their work on social media.

Christina's Answer
"I grew up in the age of social media and I consider myself fluent in finding the latest news from the community. I stand out among other candidates in this sense because you can see how often I update my social media accounts and I will do the same for the station."
12.
What is your ultimate career goal?
Whether this job will be the candidate's starting job in the news industry or they have taken other jobs before, the candidate must have some ultimate goal they are hoping to achieve. This gives the hiring manager an idea of who the candidate plans to strive to emulate and what kinds of skills they hope to develop in the job. The candidate should discuss these skills they hope to improve upon to reach this final goal down the line.

Christina's Answer
"My ultimate career goal is to become a news anchor. However, I still have some learning to do and I would like to first start in the news industry learning the inner workings. The news researcher position will teach me about finding the best kinds of stories so one day I can be the best at it."
13.
What skills do you hope to gain from this job?
The candidate should find room for improvement in his or her work, and talk to the hiring manager about where they aspire to be in the future. The candidate should be passionate about growing and learning to achieve a future goal. Also, this will show the hiring manager that the candidate has considered the skills required of the job and where they fit within that criteria.

Christina's Answer
"I hope to learn from this job how to dig deeply into stories and find ones that the community really cares about, and not just the easy ones anyone can find. So many talented minds work here and I want to gain their knowledge of investigation."
14.
How do you prioritize stories and events to schedule?
The researcher must know what stories and information are top priority in the news industry, and can prove they can filter information that will benefit stories. The candidate should discuss how they will choose stories and information based on their keen skills of story writing and journalism.

Christina's Answer
"I am a great journalist and know I can find stories that are of interest to this region and this community. I like to find a mix of stories both national and local that other stations do not have, but also incorporate popular stories with a fresh take."
15.
What is your writing style?
The candidate is not only applying to a job as a researcher, but also someone who must write information in clear fashion so that reporters who use it will understand the most important aspects. The candidate should talk about their writing style and experience and how it fits with being a researcher in the news industry.

Christina's Answer
"I believe my writing style is concise and short, punctual writing. I am able to get across the facts in the simplest way possible without leaving out facts, and this will help those using my research so they best understand what I am trying to say."
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Interview Questions
  1. Are you able to work nights and weekends?
  2. Why do you want to be a news researcher?
  3. What are your least favorite types of stories to find?
  4. What are your salary expectations?
  5. Why is this job right for you at this time?
  6. Do you consider yourself a leader?
  7. Have you ever taken a job in a company you regretted?
  8. If you could start your career over again, what path would you choose?
  9. What are your plans for the next 5 years?
  10. What are your benefits expectations?
  11. What is your experience with social media?
  12. What is your ultimate career goal?
  13. What skills do you hope to gain from this job?
  14. How do you prioritize stories and events to schedule?
  15. What is your writing style?
  16. What are some other careers you find interesting?
  17. Are you able to go above and beyond for the job?
  18. Why do you want to work in the news industry?
  19. What unique skills make you the best candidate for the job?
  20. How does this position fit into your career plans?
  21. What is your experience with news formatting applications?
  22. How would you describe your investigation skills?
  23. How well do you communicate with reporters and staff?
  24. What are your favorite types of stories?
  25. What time of day do you work best?
  26. What experience do you have researching news topics?
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