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26 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Give an example of a time when you have encountered and overcome a professional obstacle.

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1.

Give an example of a time when you have encountered and overcome a professional obstacle.

Tell the interviewer about the biggest obstacle/challenge you have had to overcome in your career, in any position.

Should no professional obstacle/challenge come to mind, tell the interviewer why you believe you never encountered any in your professional life.

Rachelle's Answer

"Truthfully, no professional obstacles or major challenges come to mind. I believe my high degree of meticulousness, as well as my other skills and educational/professional qualifications ensured negative or significantly challenging situations would rarely occur."

2.

What type of documents have you proofread in the past?

Review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the documents you will be working on, or documents the company has worked on or will soon be working on.

Ensure to answer by providing examples included on the posting or company website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Also add the reasons why these were documents you enjoyed working on the most - or alternatively why some of the documents listed on the job posting or company website/social media pages are documents you look forward to working on the most.

Rachelle's Answer

"I have worked on (X type of documents listed on the job posting or company website) and (X type of documents listed on the job posting or company website). These are actually my favorite documents to work on and I have extensive experience working on such documents. For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I completed similar projects (... detailed information regarding these projects). I thoroughly enjoyed working on such documents because (X reasons why these were your favorite documents, such as the opportunity to work as part of a team on a daily basis)."

3.

What are your short term career goals?

Answer by telling the interviewer about your short-term goals, however by ensuring your goals are related to the position and company you applied for.

Should your short-term goals significantly differ from the position or company, the interviewer may assume you will leave eventually the position if hired, for a better opportunity at another company, should one presents itself. As a result, you may be instantly disqualified.

Rachelle's Answer

"In 2 to 3 years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."

4.

Tell me about your proofreading method.

Review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the methods required in this role, or current/future methods the company requires or will soon be requiring.

Ensure to answer by providing examples included on the posting or company website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Also add which method you consider your strongest, if applicable.

Alternatively mention why some of the methods listed on the job posting or company website/social media pages are methods you look forward to the most.

Rachelle's Answer

"My favorite method and the one I consider my strongest is (X method listed on the job posting or company website) because I have extensive experience with this method. For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I (... detailed information of projects using such method and why you were successful)."

5.

Tell me about your most successful proofreading and/or editing project. What made it so successful?

Tell the interviewer about your most successful proofreading and/or editing project, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position/industry you are applying for.

Alternatively, provide any successful proofreading and/or editing project in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting.

Rachelle's Answer

"My most successful project is one where I had to proofread and edit a very large number of documents on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this accomplishment, such as the company name, and so on). I successfully met the requirements and my superior was highly satisfied. My strong time management skills contributed to my success and will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."

6.

When you read our job posting, what was the most exciting aspect for you?

Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career and what you look the most forward to in this position. Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to, and why.

Rachelle's Answer

"What excites me the most about this position is the opportunity to work with clients internationally. My past experience was extremely exciting, however my clients were all local. I am extremely passionate about this career and look forward to acquiring further skills with clients within different cultures."

7.

Tell me the programs and software that you are best versed in. What is your level of proficiency in each?

Ensure to review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the programs and software required for this role.

Should none be listed on the job posting, answer this question by mentioning the most relevant programs and software you are proficient in - as per the type of position you applied for (and that you may have to use on the job), on a scale of 1 to 10.

Rachelle's Answer

"I would rate myself 9/10 in (X program) and 9 1/2/10 in (X software)."

8.

Tell me about your ideal editing jobs.

Review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the editing jobs you will be working on, or editing jobs the company has worked on or will soon be working on.

Ensure to answer by providing examples included on the posting or company website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Also add the reasons why these were favorite editing jobs of yours - alternatively why some of the editing jobs listed on the job posting or company website/social media pages are editing jobs you look forward to the most.

Rachelle's Answer

"My favorite editing jobs are (X projects listed on the job posting) because I have extensive experience completing such jobs. For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I worked on similar jobs (... detailed information regarding these jobs). I thoroughly enjoyed working on such jobs because (X reasons why these were your favorite jobs, such as enjoying being the lead, managing a team, and so on)."

9.

What is your greatest strength?

Answer by telling the interviewer what your greatest strength is, related to the position you applied for. Ensure to mention how this strength will contribute to your success in this role.

Rachelle's Answer

"My greatest strength is that I am extremely meticulous. I also always review my work at least twice before submission to superiors or colleagues to ensure that my work is accurate."

10.

Why should we choose you as our Proofreader?

Ensure to review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits or profile required for this role. Answer this question by outlining a few of the listed qualifications that you also possess, making you the best candidate for this role.

Alternatively, mention your top qualifications and qualities which will ensure your success in this role.

Rachelle's Answer

"As you can see on my resume, I have the required educational qualifications, holding a bachelor's and master's degree in X, as well as years of relevant experience. I furthermore am a hard worker, a team player and work tirelessly."

11.

Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Proofreader and Copy Marker?

Tell the interviewer what motivated you to apply for this position.

Answer this question by mentioning, e.g., how passionate you are about this field and why.

Rachelle's Answer

"I wish to work as a Proofreader and Copy Marker because (X reasons). Furthermore, as I am highly meticulous and detail-oriented, I know I am in the right field."

12.

Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for this position.

Tell the interviewer about your post-secondary education by mentioning knowledge and/or experience acquired throughout your studies, such as courses taken, group projects, and so on.

Rachelle's Answer

"As you can see on my resume, I graduated from the (X university) with a bachelor's degree in X. Throughout my studies, I acquired advanced proofreading/copy marking skills, such as (X courses). I furthermore gained some hands-on experience while working on projects such as (X projects that helped you develop proofreading/copy marking skills)."

13.

In your opinion, what are the 3 primary characteristics a good Proofreader and Copy Marker should have?

Always review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits required from the successful incumbent.

Answer this question by mentioning 3 characteristics from the job posting, if provided, and provide an example of these characteristics in yourself used in a professional capacity.

Alternatively, provide your top 3 characteristics that you have, which you believe will highly benefit you in this role, and provide an example of these characteristics in a professional or volunteer setting.

Rachelle's Answer

"The top 3 characteristics a good Proofreader and Copy Marker should possess are time management skills, meticulousness and hardworking capabilities, which I possess. These characteristics served me well in my last position at (X company name) where I was employed as a/an (X position title). In this role, I (X confirmation re: how/why your characteristics benefitted you in this role)."

14.

What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?

Tell the interviewer what your greatest weakness is, however by ensuring that this weakness can be a strength in this position.

Rachelle's Answer

"I am a very hard-worker and find hard to stop working at the end of the day, resulting in numerous long days at the office. To improve in that area, I did my best to do lists every morning by prioritizing the work that needs to be done by the end of the day, and the following tasks that are not as urgent. Doing this significantly improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."

15.

What are your favorite type of books to proofread and edit?

Review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the types of books you will be working on, or types of books the company has worked on or will soon be working on.

Ensure to answer by providing examples included on the job posting or company website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Also add the reasons why these were favorite types of books of yours - or alternatively why some of the types of books listed on the job posting or company website/social media pages are types of books you look forward to working on the most.

Rachelle's Answer

"My favorite types of books are (X types of books preferably related to those listed on the job posting) because I have extensive experience working on such types. For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I worked on (... detailed information regarding these projects). I thoroughly enjoyed working on such types of books because (X reasons why these were your favorite projects, such as having the opportunity to work with renowned writers)."

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Interview Questions

  1. Give an example of a time when you have encountered and overcome a professional obstacle.
  2. What type of documents have you proofread in the past?
  3. What are your short term career goals?
  4. Tell me about your proofreading method.
  5. Tell me about your most successful proofreading and/or editing project. What made it so successful?
  6. When you read our job posting, what was the most exciting aspect for you?
  7. Tell me the programs and software that you are best versed in. What is your level of proficiency in each?
  8. Tell me about your ideal editing jobs.
  9. What is your greatest strength?
  10. Why should we choose you as our Proofreader?
  11. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Proofreader and Copy Marker?
  12. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for this position.
  13. In your opinion, what are the 3 primary characteristics a good Proofreader and Copy Marker should have?
  14. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
  15. What are your favorite type of books to proofread and edit?
  16. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  17. Do you feel that the profession Proofreader will always be required? Why or why not?
  18. Being a Proofreader requires great attention to detail and focus. Tell me how you stay focused even when working long hours.
  19. Are you hoping to obtain a bachelor's degree to further your education and career? [Should the candidate mention not having a bachelor's degree and should this be a requirement as per the job posting]
  20. What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
  21. What are your long term career goals?
  22. What do you know about our company?
  23. In your own words, summarize the role of a Proofreader.
  24. How would you define success as a Proofreader?
  25. Do you prefer to work independently, or in a team environment?
  26. Give an example of an occasion when you have gone beyond the call of duty.
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