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Top 25 Reporter Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
Why did you decide to become a reporter?
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Question 2 of 26
What is your experience with social media?
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"I extensively use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to update my viewers. I produce Facebook Lives every shift so the public will be on top of the stories I am covering that day before our nightly newscast. I have gained many followers over the years and they have given me story tips on my social media accounts."
The candidate must demonstrate their extensive knowledge and mastery of social media. A successful reporter knows how to reach out to find stories on social media, as well as informing the public on the most up to date and breaking stories on social media platforms as they happen. The candidate should respond by giving examples of how they have used social media in past reporter jobs and how frequently they plan on posting and updating their sites in the current job.
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Question 3 of 26
How do you work as part of a team?
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"In college, I worked with a small team of other students to produce our newspaper. We each had a specific role we had to complete on time, and relied on each other do to it to the best of our ability. I often got my work done early, and even helped others complete theirs, so our newspaper editions would get out on the shelves in time."
A reporter works with producers, photographers, editors, engineers, and more every day at work. The candidate should discuss with the hiring manager their previous experience working with a large team on a daily basis, and how they will be a functioning part of the daily work flow at the office. The candidate may respond by giving examples of how they have worked with others in the past and how they plan to work well with a team in the future.
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What is your experience working with a photographer?
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Question 5 of 26
How would you describe your writing style?
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What experience do you have making difficult decisions surrounding tragic stories?
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Question 7 of 26
How are your organizational skills?
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Question 8 of 26
Do you consider yourself approachable?
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Question 9 of 26
How do you plan to form relationships with officials in the community?
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Question 10 of 26
How do you work under pressure?
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Question 11 of 26
If you could start your career over, what path would you take?
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Question 12 of 26
What time of day do you work best?
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Question 13 of 26
Why do you want to report on this specific area?
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Question 14 of 26
How do you plan to find new stories to cover?
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Question 15 of 26
Why is this job a good fit?
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Question 16 of 26
What is your favorite story you have ever covered?
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Question 17 of 26
What is the most difficult story you have ever covered?
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Question 18 of 26
If you could choose just one subject to report on, what would it be?
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Question 19 of 26
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 20 of 26
What are your benefits expectations?
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Question 21 of 26
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
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Question 22 of 26
Why did you decide to become a reporter over other writing jobs?
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Question 23 of 26
What are your career aspirations in the future?
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Question 24 of 26
How does this position fit into your career plans?
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Question 25 of 26
What unique qualities can you offer our station/newspaper/website?
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Question 26 of 26
What are some techniques you use to evoke emotion from your interviews?
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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.

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