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Top 20 Public Information Officer Interview Questions

Question 1 of 23
Why do you want to become a PIO?
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Question 2 of 23
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
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"In five years from now, I see myself being known by every local television station and company as a very trustworthy source. I want to develop my contacts so well that I am always available whenever someone needs me, which ultimately makes your company look reachable and agreeable."
The candidate should discuss what their short term goals are within this career. The interviewer is looking for someone who is hoping to grow within the position and improve their skills to be a very successful PIO in the future. The candidate should discuss where they see his or herself in the company in the future and why they have confidence they can reach this point.
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Question 3 of 23
How do you create relationships within the community?
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"I know how important contacts within the community are to the success of the company. I plan on being my normal pleasant self to those who want to reach out, and I hope to find special and unique ways to encourage people to come to our events and pressers."
The candidate should discuss the ways in which they will reach out to the community to make his or herself an available and respectable source of information when someone needs it. That means forging relationships with those they will be inviting to events or sending press releases, and being pleasant when answering questions. The candidate should discuss the ways in which they plan to be a good PIO.
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Question 4 of 23
Why do you want to represent our company?
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"My values really resonate with your organization, because I agree with your desire to feed the homeless. For this reason, I want to represent you and share some of our common desires with others."
The candidate should choose a company with values that they agree with or align with. During this time, the candidate should answer by describing why they believe representing this company is a good idea for them, and why they believe they will be successful based on their similarities.
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Question 5 of 23
Why should we trust you to be our spokesperson?
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"You can trust me because I agree with all of your company's values and decisions and I believe that once I know them inside and out, I can accurately share that with the world."
The hiring manager is looking for someone who can be trusted to speak on behalf of an organization and all its members. The candidate should be proven to be trustworthy over time and has had success in the past with representing someone or something well. The candidate should discuss their past experience and reasons why they are the best fit to do the job based on their trustworthiness.
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Question 6 of 23
Are you able to remain available for contact 24/7?
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Question 7 of 23
Do you consider yourself an emotional person?
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Question 8 of 23
What is your experience responding to tough questions on the fly?
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Question 9 of 23
What other career paths are you interested in?
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Question 10 of 23
In what ways will you improve our relationships with the community?
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Question 11 of 23
How does this position fit into your career goals?
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Question 12 of 23
What is your experience speaking on camera?
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Question 13 of 23
What are your benefits expectations?
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Question 14 of 23
What unique skills do you bring to the job?
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Question 15 of 23
How would you describe your social skills?
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Question 16 of 23
What is your favorite part of the job?
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Question 17 of 23
What is your least favorite part of the job?
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Question 18 of 23
What is your experience being a spokesperson for a company?
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Question 19 of 23
How are your writing skills?
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Question 20 of 23
How do you work under stress?
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Question 21 of 23
Do you consider yourself a good multitasker?
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Question 22 of 23
What is your salary expectation?
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Question 23 of 23
What similarities are there between yourself and our company?
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About Public Information Officer

August 18th, 2017

A Public Information Officer is responsible for being the spokesperson for a company, business, or organization. They are responsible for communicating events, press releases, media events and provide general information when requested by media and the public about the organization. They speak on behalf of the company.

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