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23 Questions and Answers by Christina Erne

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY.
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What is your experience speaking on camera?
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A PIO is expected to speak for the company in a variety of ways, one being speaking on camera for local or national broadcasts when the need arises. The candidate should discuss their ability to speak well on camera, and any training they have had in doing this.
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1.
What is your experience speaking on camera?
A PIO is expected to speak for the company in a variety of ways, one being speaking on camera for local or national broadcasts when the need arises. The candidate should discuss their ability to speak well on camera, and any training they have had in doing this.

Christina's Answer
"I have experience speaking on camera in a series of other jobs I have held in the past. I speak clearly and keep my emotions limited based on the situation. I feel I will be a great representative for your company."
2.
What similarities are there between yourself and our company?
The candidate should discuss what similarities in values they have with the company they are representing. This demonstrates that the candidate has done their research into the company, and isn't just taking the job because they need a job. Instead, they should show that they are interested in carrying out these values for the company. The candidate should discuss what similarities they have found and why this is beneficial to the company.

Christina's Answer
"I have found that both myself and the company value being very open with the community. I do not like to lie or hide when there are questions, and I have noticed in the past that this is something you agree to as well."
3.
In what ways will you improve our relationships with the community?
The candidate should be someone who is passionate about reaching out into the community and making their company an accessible place that is interactive and cares about others. The candidate should discuss the ways in which they hope to make the company involved in the happenings of the surrounding areas and how their involvement in this will strengthen them.

Christina's Answer
"I believe I will greatly increase the way our company is viewed in the community because I love going out and meeting all of the politicians, owners of stores, and more in the community so they can grow to trust me. In this way, once they need something from us or vice versa, the relationship has already been established."
4.
What other career paths are you interested in?
The candidate may discuss other career paths they once considered or other passions they may have to show their versatility. They may use this time to talk about other skills they possess that make them a good PIO, and ultimately talk about why they have chosen this career path in the end.

Christina's Answer
"I previously considered being a reporter because I loved telling stories. However, I found out that being a public information officer is like reporting, except just for one specific company. I enjoy being an expert on one company."
5.
What is your experience responding to tough questions on the fly?
A PIO is expected to be able to come up with answers quickly to tricky questions, like in press conferences and over the phone. The candidate should discuss their ability to think fast and come up with answers that are responsible and accurate.

Christina's Answer
"I understand how much pressure a PIO is under when they are put on the spot. However, I consider myself a quick thinker and am able to think calmly before responding."
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