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Top 30 Newspaper Editor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 31
If you have a 300-page document that's a rush job and you must edit it by the end of the day, how would you approach the task to ensure timely delivery?
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Question 2 of 31
How would you handle sensitive writers who question every edit you make?
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An editor is a leader and manager of people and must therefore show sound judgment of character as well as diplomacy.

A sensitive person will require patience and compassion in conjunction with firmness. This kind of person is best led through a combination of consent and firmness.

Explain your understanding of the underlying principle of how you should lead this kind of person. Then talk about what actions you would take, bearing in mind that there are always deadlines to meet.

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"A lot of writers are sensitive, which is understandable because they often put their heart and soul into it and they're doing the very best that they can. As an editor, I might be making tiny little edits on grammar and punctuation, which the writer might see as a slight. So I need to acknowledge their good work and the efforts they make. I might not have time to talk about every little edit, so I'll ask them to write down all their concerns so that we can have a meeting where we can talk about the newspaper's expectations and guidelines. That way we can meet the deadline and the writer still gets to be heard and understood."
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Question 3 of 31
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
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The duties of a newspaper editor require strong attention to detail in the way that language is used. To choose your favorite course, think about a class where you enjoyed paying attention to the use of language. To choose your most challenging course, think about a class in which you made a big leap forward in your education as it relates to planning, revising, or reviewing written content.

Choose courses where you're able to demonstrate growth in areas that are important to the publication and department you're applying for. For instance, some newspapers may focus on politics while others may focus on local news, or you may be applying to edit for the food section or the human interest section. When possible, bring examples to life by relating them to benefits to the newspaper or department.

Answer Example
"I really enjoyed my creative nonfiction course because it taught me many different ways to convey a single truth, which I think is going to be a great asset in the human interest pieces. And the most challenging course was poetry. In that class, I learned how to do close readings and how to give effective constructive criticism, which definitely will help the writers turn in their work faster."
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Question 4 of 31
What is your ideal company culture?
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The answer to this can be a complex one.

In order to give the interviewer confidence that you'll fit into the organization over the long term, do some research on what current employees are saying. Check out company reviews like Glassdoor and see if you can connect with employees—past or present—on LinkedIn or any other social media. Get a sense of the pace, the relational style, and the expected behaviors.

To develop your response, think about how you like to be treated; the quantity of work expected; and any other factors that are important to you. Imagine that you've already been extended the offer: what questions would you have that concern whether you would be happy in this position and in this organization? How do you want your boss to treat you? What are the non-negotiables, the things tat are absolutely essential?

In your response, speak on three different topics: what the values that drive company's demands and expectations for the employees; how you're expected to accomplish that (e.g. job duties); and who you're working with.

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"I like a progressive company that's always looking for ways to improve and that's willing to commit to small experiments to make incremental improvements. Ideally, I'd be working with people who are just as committed to excellence as I am, and my boss will be open to letting me earn her trust so that there's less communication overhead, meaning I can be more efficient and not encounter any bottlenecks that might delay my work and cause me to miss deadlines."
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Question 5 of 31
What would your previous supervisor say about your time management skills?
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Question 6 of 31
Give an example of a time when you had to edit or write a piece under a strict deadline. How did you ensure that you met the deadline?
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Question 7 of 31
How would you handle a freelance writer who handed in subpar work?
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Question 8 of 31
What is your greatest weakness as an editor? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 9 of 31
Do you prefer working with print, or online publications?
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Question 10 of 31
You have 2 major headlines that are both worthy of a spot on the first page. How do you choose?
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Question 11 of 31
Tell me about your leadership style.
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Question 12 of 31
Do you have a mentor in the editing industry, or any particular writer or publication that you admire?
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Question 13 of 31
How comfortable are you with assisting in newspaper design layout?
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Question 14 of 31
As a newspaper editor you may be asked to work overtime, evenings or weekends. Are you available to work long and flexible hours?
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Question 15 of 31
If you could write a book on any topic, what would it be?
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Question 16 of 31
Would you consider yourself to be more analytical or creative by nature?
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Question 17 of 31
Considering your background is in a different industry than ours, how do you think you'll fit into the job?
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Question 18 of 31
Tell me about your editing and proofreading process.
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Question 19 of 31
What do you like most about being an editor?
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Question 20 of 31
What do you know about our company?
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Question 21 of 31
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for me, focusing on your work as an editor and writer.
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Question 22 of 31
Name one thing that you feel you can do better than other Editors you have worked with previously.
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Question 23 of 31
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 24 of 31
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
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Question 25 of 31
What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading?
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Question 26 of 31
Do you read any blogs on writing and editing? Which ones? What do you like about these?
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Question 27 of 31
Why are you the best newspaper editor for us?
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Question 28 of 31
What are your 3 greatest strengths as an editor?
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Question 29 of 31
Why did you choose to apply with our company?
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Question 30 of 31
What are your career goals as an Editor?
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Question 31 of 31
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
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About Newspaper Editor

December 11th, 2014

Editing is the process of selecting and preparing language, images, sound, video, or film through processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications in various media. A person who edits is called an editor. In a sense, the editing process originates with the idea for the work itself and continues in the relationship between the author and the editor. Editing is, therefore, also a practice that includes creative skills, human relations, and a precise set of methods.

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