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28 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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How would you react to working overtime?
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Careers in the news and publishing industries often require reporters to work overtime in order to complete the work. Sports reporters must be willing to work the necessary hours when a game is on a rain or weather delay, or come in on the weekend for a makeup game. A hiring manager wants to hire a candidate who is willing to get the job done, even if it means working a little extra that week.
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1.
How would you react to working overtime?
Careers in the news and publishing industries often require reporters to work overtime in order to complete the work. Sports reporters must be willing to work the necessary hours when a game is on a rain or weather delay, or come in on the weekend for a makeup game. A hiring manager wants to hire a candidate who is willing to get the job done, even if it means working a little extra that week.

Christina's Answer
"I am familiar with the schedule reporters have, and I know that at the end of the day, sports need to be covered. Therefore, I will do whatever I can to make sure I will be there, however long it takes."
2.
Did you ever play any sports?
The candidate can talk about their experience playing sports on the flip side of reporting. Previous experience playing sports shows that the candidate understands what it takes to be an athlete, even on a small scale, and understands the inner workings of team dynamics.

Christina's Answer
"When I was in high school, I was team captain for the field hockey team. Through this experience, I learned what it takes to be a good leader, but also take direction from a coach. This taught me how to ask questions in interviews to captains because I understand the delicate balance they face between a team and a coach."
3.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
The candidate should answer this question by describing some of the skills they hope to develop in the very near future that will make them a stronger sports reporter at the station. The candidate should assure the interviewer that hiring them would be a long term decision that would be very beneficial to the company.

Christina's Answer
"Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long term fit here."
4.
How do you develop relationships with athletes?
A strong reporter is able to create contacts who help them find story ideas. Sports reporters create contacts with athletes, coaches, and those inside the organization who will update them with the latest news from the team or department. The candidate should discuss their experience generating sources in sports or in other fields, and talk about how their ability to create strong relationships will strengthen the sports department.

Christina's Answer
"Once I do a story with an athlete or a coach, I make sure to swap business cards with them. Although I may not think I will need them again, it is always good for someone else to have my phone number, in case they ever want to reach out. In this way, I am able to collect phone numbers and contacts to use years in the future."
5.
What are your future career aspirations?
The candidate can use this question to talk about where they envision their career taking them in the future, or some goals they have for the future. They may want to talk about some dreams they have in the field, a position they may want to achieve someday, or some talents and skills they hope to develop. The candidate should use this time to talk about how the current job will help them reach their goals.

Christina's Answer
"In the future, I hope to be a national sports reporter. Until that point, I still have to gain more practice reporting on live television, and working with athletes and coaches, and I believe this job will help strengthen me so that my dream will be closer to reality."
6.
What is your experience shooting video and pictures?
The candidate should describe their experience working with cameras, both video and still. Sports reporters are typically expected to shoot video and take pictures for their newscasts, newspapers, and online articles. A good candidate is able to give examples of their work, and describe what types of equipment they are familiar with.

Christina's Answer
"I used to shoot high school sports games for my school. I am familiar with using any model of DSLR cameras, and am a quick learner with cameras."
7.
How do you work under a tight deadline?
A sports reporter is expected to produce their best work, even in a limited amount of time. Oftentimes sports reporters are expected to have a full report directly following the conclusion of sports games with a full recap. This means that they must work well under stress, and are able to perform the same level of work even under a tight deadline. The candidate should discuss their experience working under deadline and describe how their work would be affected by this.

Christina's Answer
"I have experience submitting stories under a tight deadline, and my quality of work remains the same regardless of whether or not I am crunched for time."
8.
How do you remain professional during casual sporting events?
Even when fans are swearing and drinking and players are celebrating, sports reporters must remain professional. The candidate should discuss how they remain calm during these situations, including removing themselves from situations that could possibly compromise their story, their equipment, or their professionalism.

Christina's Answer
"Even when people are trying to interfere with my reporting, I aim to stay patient and calm. I realize that people at sporting events can be loud and even be rude, but I will stay quiet during these situations so I can continue reporting without any issues."
9.
What time during the day do you work best?
The candidate should talk about the time of day when they produce their best work. However, the candidate should make known their ability to adjust to any schedule, and still be able to produce their best work.

Christina's Answer
"I work best at night because I am the most awake and can work quickly. However, if I was asked to work in the early mornings, I would find a way to motivate myself up that early and still would be able to do my best."
10.
How will your sports reporting be set apart from others?
The interviewer is looking for someone who is special and can produce work that goes above and beyond any other candidate's. The candidate should take this time to discuss what is so special about their work and why the company would be better off having them a part of the team.

Christina's Answer
"I am fearless when it comes to interviewing, even if I am asking tough questions. I will be the sports reporter who gets all of the answers before anyone else because I will be strong enough to ask the hard hitting questions."
11.
What is your favorite sports comeback of all time and how well do you think it was covered?
The candidate should discuss their favorite sporting event comeback or historical event and talk about how the reporters covered it. This gives the hiring manager the idea that the candidate not only has studied sports over the years, but follows other sports reporters and has learned from them.

Christina's Answer
"In my opinion, the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004 was the best comeback of all time. Reporters in Boston were ecstatic over it, and I think they did a great job covering the whole series from start to finish hyping up the team and their chance of winning it."
12.
How do you find new and unique sports story ideas?
A hiring manager is looking for a candidate who is able to not only report good stories, but find new ones for the station to set themselves apart from the other local reporters. The candidate should describe some of the ways they find new stories in the community, such as developing contacts and relationships with athletes and coaches, or reading sports blogs online to stay up to date with lesser known events going on.

Christina's Answer
"I find unique local sports ideas at the gym. Whenever I am there, I talk to locals, especially those wearing sports gear, to see what is important to them in the world of sports that week."
13.
How would you describe your writing style?
The candidate should describe their type of writing and how it fits well with the company's writing style. This involves the candidate having prior knowledge and research on the company they are applying to work at and knowing what kind of writing they aim to create. The candidate should respond by showing that they are a strong and creative writer and can adjust to any writing style when asked.

Christina's Answer
"I believe that I am a creative and detailed writer. I use stellar grammar and always surprise readers with creative twists."
14.
How does this position fit into your career goals?
Is this particular position a good fit? Is it a step up in your career or - a stagnant move that you are just complacent with taking until something better comes along? Assure the interviewer that this position will be challenging for you, is a step up in responsibilities, and that it fits with your overall career goals.

Christina's Answer
"My primary goal in my career as an HR professional is to eventually work my way from an Administrator level to HR Partner. I feel that what your organization offers is a strong path towards those goals and I am excited about what this position has to offer."
15.
Do you prefer reporting on local or national sports?
The candidate should discuss which type of sports they like to cover most and why. This gives the interviewer insight into the candidate's favorite stories to cover, and their experience on various levels of sports news. Generally, good sports reporters can cover sports of all levels, so a good response from a candidate would be one that is positive about any level of sports.

Christina's Answer
"I prefer reporting local sports because I love featuring young athletes that the community wants to see. However, national news is important to everyone and draws many viewers to the station."
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Interview Questions
  1. How would you react to working overtime?
  2. Did you ever play any sports?
  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  4. How do you develop relationships with athletes?
  5. What are your future career aspirations?
  6. What is your experience shooting video and pictures?
  7. How do you work under a tight deadline?
  8. How do you remain professional during casual sporting events?
  9. What time during the day do you work best?
  10. How will your sports reporting be set apart from others?
  11. What is your favorite sports comeback of all time and how well do you think it was covered?
  12. How do you find new and unique sports story ideas?
  13. How would you describe your writing style?
  14. How does this position fit into your career goals?
  15. Do you prefer reporting on local or national sports?
  16. How do you prioritize sports stories for the day?
  17. Why do you want to become a sports reporter?
  18. If you could choose another career, what would it be and why?
  19. How well do you work with a team?
  20. Why is this job right for you at this time in your career?
  21. When did you realize you wanted to work in the sports industry?
  22. What are your benefits expectations?
  23. What are your salary expectations?
  24. Do you consider yourself a quiet or loud sports game spectator?
  25. What is your least favorite sport to cover?
  26. What is your favorite sport to cover?
  27. What sports reporter do you admire?
  28. What is your favorite sport to watch?
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