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Updated on June 4th, 2019 |
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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How to Answer
To give the interviewer confidence that you're able to manage your time effectively, be specific about the exact actions that you would take to ensure that the objective is completed. Explain each action briefly by telling the interviewer why you're doing it in terms of what benefit you gain from the action.

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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.

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.

Question 4 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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Talk about your time management skills and any outstanding measures that you took, if applicable. Give details about your methods. End with a summary sentence that affirms that you'll be able to meet deadlines.

Question 5 of 31
What would your previous supervisor say about your time management skills?
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Many people may reflexively respond that they're excellent at something when they're asked what they themselves think of an ability of theirs. The interviewer is trying to get a better gauge of your time management skill by framing the question from an external perspective. It has the added benefit of assessing your integrity and your relationship with your superiors.

Be honest in your response. If your supervisor would say that you're good at time management, give a brief explanation of your methodology. If your supervisor wouldn't say that you're good at time management, say that your supervisor would say that you could use improvement, not that you're bad. Quickly move on to methods that you have learned and applied. Show that it's the things that you're bad at that you become the most consciously proficient at. End your response assuring the interviewer of your time management skill by saying that these methods are what enable you to meet your deadlines.

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Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 09/22/2010
Last modified on: 06/04/2019

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