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Top 25 Newspaper Columnist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 27
Why do you want to become a columnist?
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Question 1 of 27
Why do you want to become a columnist?
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"I want to be a columnist because I want to make my transition out of the health care industry and I want to educate others on what we do and various topics that can be confusing to the general public."
The candidate should discuss why they want to be a columnist and why they have come to this career due to past experiences. A columnist is known for their strong opinions, so a hiring manager is looking for someone to be passionate about talking about their opinions, especially about getting the job. They should discuss what unique topics they are considered an expert in and why they would be taken seriously when talking about it.
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Question 2 of 27
What do you hope to gain in this job?
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"I hope that over the course of doing the job, I will learn to be a more concise writer. I believe people will take me more seriously when I write shorter pieces with more packed information in it."
Any good candidate is looking for a job that will ultimately make them better at what they do over time. The candidate should talk about how they plan to improve their skills over time and how this will make them a better worker in the future. They also may talk about their ability to take criticism to improve what they do.
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Question 3 of 27
What will your work add to our publication?
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Question 4 of 27
How do you stay up to date with the latest world news?
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Question 5 of 27
How do you combat negative feedback from viewers?
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Question 6 of 27
How do you work with an editing team?
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Question 7 of 27
What is your experience with social media?
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Question 8 of 27
Do you prefer working in an office or at home?
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Question 9 of 27
What do you believe is your role in the community as a columnist?
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Question 10 of 27
How do you work under stress?
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Question 11 of 27
Are you looking for a part time or full time job?
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Question 12 of 27
If you could start your career over, what would you do and why?
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Question 13 of 27
What is your ultimate career goal?
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Question 14 of 27
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 15 of 27
Why is this job right for you at this time?
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Question 16 of 27
What do you like to write about?
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Question 17 of 27
What makes your writing unique?
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Question 18 of 27
Why do you believe you are a good fit for the job?
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Question 19 of 27
How do you describe your writing style?
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Question 20 of 27
Why do you want to write for this newspaper?
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Question 21 of 27
Why do you want to live in this city/state/community?
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Question 22 of 27
How do you plan on getting readers to read your column each week?
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Question 23 of 27
What do you consider your specialty topic to write about?
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Question 24 of 27
What credentials do you have to make people trust you?
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Question 25 of 27
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 26 of 27
What are your benefits expectations?
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Question 27 of 27
What is your experience with pagination?
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