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Reporter Interview Questions

26 Reporter Interview Questions
Question 1 of 26
Why do you want to report on this specific area?
How to Answer
A candidate must use this question to set themselves apart from the others applying for the position by discussing why they will be a good addition to the news team in that area. The candidate should talk about their familiarity with the surrounding communities, the local hot topics, the environment, and any of the local stories that matter most.

Answer Example
"I want to be a reporter in New York City because I not only love the city and love the seasons, but I believe I am a perfect reporter to cover local breaking news. I am familiar with the businesses downtown and the issues business owners face there, and I feel that New York City business owners would have a trusted source to come to with me in town."
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Question 2 of 26
What are some techniques you use to evoke emotion from your interviews?
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A good response is to discuss how the candidate creates stories that do not only report facts, but also tell a story full of emotion. The candidate should discuss the types of questions they ask to interview emotional characters to evoke their strongest feelings about the subject. They should also talk about some of their favorite stories in the past and how they used thinking outside of the box to make the story unique and interesting.

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"In every story I produce, I try to first write a story with strictly the facts, then I go back and add specific quotes from the person I interviewed that show their passion about the subject. I include pauses they may leave in speaking to best show their personality as well as their story."
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Question 3 of 26
What time of day do you work best?
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Reporters work around the clock, and there are many shifts open based on when the candidate feels they work the best. Reporters should figure out what time of the day they create their best work, and tell this to the hiring manager, so they can see how well the person may fit into the current open schedule. The candidate should also discuss how if made to work at a different time than is what they want, they could still work well for the company.

Answer Example
"I consider myself a night owl, and do my best work later at night. I would be a great nightside reporter going live at 11 p.m. However, I can work at any time of day, and know I would be able to adjust to a dayside team because I am very flexible."
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Question 4 of 26
If you could start your career over, what path would you take?
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The candidate should discuss another interest they have in careers and how while that path might not have been the right one for them at the time, the skills they possess help them in being a reporter.

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"I wanted to be a history teacher years ago, because I love to tell stories to others. I am a great speaker and have a great memory. However, I realized being a reporter was the best career fit for me because I still get to tell stories, yet I get to create them myself."
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Question 5 of 26
How do you work under pressure?
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A reporter is expected to produce well written and visual stories often in less than a day. Tight deadlines often put much stress on reporters, and the hiring manager wants to see if the candidate is able to put up with the high stress career. A good response discusses the candidate's ability to produce good work while rushed or under pressure.

Answer Example
"I understand what it takes to create a story in just a few hours and still have it be my best work possible. I have experience writing clean work quickly with little to no mistakes for editors to check over, and I often enjoy the rush of being put under pressure to create my stories."
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Author of 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: 04/17/2017
Last modified on: 08/23/2018

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About Reporter

August 18th, 2017

A reporter is someone who is responsible for gathering information, interviewing persons of interest, and create a story, either written or in video form, for written or broadcast media. Reporters are responsible for finding stories within their domain, such as a local community, a state, or nationwide, and produce a written or spoken product explaining the most pertinent details of what has happened. Types of reports include breaking news like fires, floods, and robberies; human interest stories such as a family raising money for a local organization; or general information stories, such as reports on an election. A reporter may work for a newspaper, online news gathering site, television station, or may freelance for any of these types of companies. In some cases, a reporter is expected to work with a photographer/photojournalist to put together a visual story.

To prepare for an interview for a career in reporting, the aspiring reporter must first research the location where they are looking to report. They must research important topics and stories from the area, important people in the community, and be familiar with popular locations within that city or state. An aspiring reporter must expect that in an interview, a news director or hiring agent will ask how familiar they are with the area and may quiz them on story ideas they already may have.

To prepare for an interview, an aspiring reporter must dress professionally and prepare to talk clearly and eloquently about their previous experience. News directors and hiring agents will want to know what kinds of stories they have reported on in the past and will want to know how much experience the reporter has in all types of situations, like in breaking news or a story of devastation. They also must be prepared to either send or show the news director examples of their previous work, including either published works, or video reports the reporter has produced in the past.