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Sports Reporter Interview Questions

28 Sports Reporter Interview Questions
Question 1 of 28
How do you work under a tight deadline?
How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"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."
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Question 2 of 28
How do you remain professional during casual sporting events?
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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.

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"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."
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Question 3 of 28
What time during the day do you work best?
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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.

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"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."
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Question 4 of 28
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.

Answer Example
"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."
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How will your sports reporting be set apart from others?
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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.

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"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."
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Author of Sports 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: 04/25/2017
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Sports Reporter

September 5th, 2018

A sports reporter works for either a television station or an online or print news publication. They are responsible for covering the local stories that pertain to sports, from young children's leagues, to the major leagues. They are often expected to take pictures and video of the sporting events and write and report the highlights of the game or event. Sports reporters are also expected to cover any news surrounding former sports players, and stories relating to fans of the sport, as well as the future of the industry of sports. Sports reporters must have excellent writing skills and an extensive knowledge of all sports that are popular within the region.