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Political Reporter Interview Questions

28 Political Reporter Interview Questions
Question 1 of 28
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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The candidate should talk about what their near-future plans may be within the station they are applying for, and what skills they hope to gain within that time to make them a stronger worker in the future. The candidate should remain positive about wanting to work in the job for the next few years, although the future is uncertain, and should discuss where they may see his or herself in the company down the line.

Answer Example
"In five years from now, I hope to be the lead 6pm political reporter at your station. I am a strong political reporter but after a few years of learning my way around your state house, I will be on top of all the latest news people care about."
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Question 2 of 28
How do you work under stress and time constraints?
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Political reporters often have short periods of time to share information with the public during breaking news to make newscasts. The candidates should talk about their experience working under pressure during a time crunch. They should talk about how their work is affected when they only have short notice and how confident they are in their work regardless of the time they have to do it.

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"I feel that I do some of my best work under stress because I can tune out everything around me and focus on the true point of the story. Some of my best work is when I turn stories around quickly."
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Who inspires you?
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The candidate may name someone, whether it is someone in the field of political reporting or beyond it, who inspires them to grow in the job. The candidate should give the interviewer an idea of someone they hope to become or learn from.

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"I am inspired by my mother, who was a state senator for ten years. Although she was not a reporter, she influenced my love of politics, and taught me the inner workings of politics. It gave me a strong understanding of what I will be reporting on."
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Question 4 of 28
Have you progressed in your career as you had hoped?
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Whether the candidate has progressed slowly, fast, or somewhere in between in their career plans, the candidate should find positives in their particular trip. The candidate can talk about things they regret, certain avenues they are proud of, and ultimately how those routes have lead them to this job.

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"I have progressed in my career quite quickly. Although I may have jumped faster than most, I believe it is because my skill level is worthy of much more, and I believe I can deliver in this job."
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Question 5 of 28
Do you feel more skilled at writing or reporting live on television?
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The candidate should talk about their strengths in political reporting, whether it is the writing aspect of the job, or the entire package including presenting their work on an online or broadcasted platform. The candidate should be positive about being able to do whatever the job requires of them, but also should talk about their strengths so the interviewer can properly place their talents.

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"I believe my skills are best used when they are utilized together with both my writing and reporting on air. I am a well rounded candidate and I can do everything myself."
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Author of Political Reporter Answers and Questions

Christina Erne
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 07/06/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Political Reporter

August 20th, 2018

A political reporter is responsible for covering all of the local and national politics within their viewing area. The candidate must have good writing and speaking skills for writing news and reporting it live on television and online broadcast platforms. The candidate must have a strong understanding of the inner workings of legislature, politics, and political careers, terms and responsibilities in each branch.