The candidate should talk about why they believe they are a good fit for this type of job and why their life has lead them to this point. They may talk about other skills they possess and previous experience in writing and transcribing to make them a good fit for the job. The candidate should show that they have the skills necessary to be a passionate and dedicated voice writing reporter.
"I believe this career is a perfect choice for me because I have always loved writing and find myself as a very quick typer. I am interested in learning about the topics I am writing for others to read easily."
This job requires the candidate to be familiar with working under severe time constraints and producing their best work fast and with stress playing a factor. The candidate must talk about their ability to work under pressure, including producing work that is some of their best even when they are experiencing stress in the workplace or at home.
"I find that I do some of my best work while under pressure. I am able to totally focus and work quickly when I am under time pressure and it makes me a more dedicated worker, too."
Stress is a normal part of any workplace. The candidate should talk about their experience working with stress, whether it comes from their work, or their outside lives. They should discuss how their work has been affected by stress in the past and how it may affect their work in the future.
"I am confident that my work does not suffer as a result of stress. While stressful situations can weigh on a voice writing reporter, I find that I have handled these situations well in the past and will continue to do so in the future."
The candidate has the opportunity to talk about why they are the best candidate for the job based on the skills and qualities that set them apart from others. The candidate should talk about their strengths and why they believe they are a good fit for the job, and why they are so passionate about doing the job.
"I believe I am a great choice for this position because not only do I have the qualifications, but I am passionate and dedicated to doing a good job."
While the future is never known, and many things can change as time goes on, the candidate should talk about what their ultimate career goal is, and how this current job will help them get there. They should talk about what skills they hope to gain and improve on during this job and how this will make them achieve their future goals.
"My ultimate career goal is to become a voice writing reporter at the White House. In this job, I believe I will gain the trust to pursue larger clients, but for now I am excited to get better and faster at typing and producing work."
A hiring manager is looking for someone who will pay close attention to detail and strive to produce error-free work while they are listening, typing, and editing. The candidate should talk about how they have progressed throughout their career in terms of being clean and concise in their writing and finding errors before the product is released to the client.
"I am a very detail oriented person, which I believe is a necessity to do this job well. Over the years, I have watched myself progress to someone who is overly cautious in my writing, and that has helped me rise in status in this career."
Oftentimes, technology is known to fail. While digital voice recorders help voice reporters catch parts of what they are transcribing that they missed, there is always the chance that the recording will fail and they will miss that section of the transcription completely. The candidate should discuss how much emphasis they put on a recorder in their job.
"I find that the best voice writing reporters do not use a recorder because technology is known to fail so often. I have trained myself to be able to transcribe without one, but always have one running in the off chance that it becomes useful down the line."
The candidate should talk about what they still struggle with in the career or other characteristics of their personality that challenge them on the job. However, the candidate should talk about how they are working on improving this and are confident in being able to do the best work possible while on the job.
"My greatest weakness is that it is difficult for me to speak up when I am overtired or over worked. However, I do some of my best work when I am well rested. I am making it a priority to tell someone when I need days off so I can continue to do my best work."
The candidate should discuss what they believe is their greatest strength and why this helps them on the job. Whether the strength is something that directly relates to the career, or is something more personal about their personality that makes them a great fit for the company, the candidate should talk about why this skill or strength makes them a great fit.
"My greatest strength is my ability to work with a team. I am a great team player, which makes me a good fit for this job because I am willing to work with clients who hire me to transcribe interviews, and I am a good communicator to the rest of the team on the progress of my work."
The candidate should have a series of reasons why they believe they are the best candidate for the job, and know what sets them apart from other candidates who may be applying. The candidate should set his or herself apart from others and discuss why they are the best fit for the job.
"I am the best candidate choice for this job because along with my years of experience others may not have, I have the personality that works well with being in the field and working with others."
The candidate should be honest about a difficult time in their job and why this posed a tricky project for them. However, they should ultimately be positive and confident that they can recover in the future from mistakes like this and know that they have enough knowledge on the subject matter to recover smoothly.
"I once was a voice reporter for a court case and I had never covered court before. It moved very fast and used terminology I was not yet familiar with. However, I reviewed my work after the court was over and made sure to correct any errors I found. In the future, I want to make sure I research topics I am unfamiliar with before I transcribe them."
The interviewer wants the candidate to talk about their current job to see how they speak of their employer, yet also talk about why they want to move on in a respectful manner. The candidate should talk about what the job has taught them and why these skills and lessons make them a good candidate for this new job.
"I believe my present job helped me become a responsible worker who can accomplish tasks on time. I believe I will take this skill to my new job and be a successful worker."
The candidate should talk about what kind of job they had previously and why they are ready to move on. Perhaps they are starting on a new career path, or are continuing their passion with a different company. They should discuss what they have learned in the previous job, and what they are still hoping to gain from a new job.
"I am ready to leave my previous job because I feel I am ready to set on a new path. I was a journalist for a number of years, but I want to take my writing skills elsewhere. I am a great listener as I developed those skills in my previous job, but I want to try my hand at something new."
The candidate should discuss some of their best moments in their professional career, whether it is a big project they worked on, or a new rank in the company they reached. They should talk about this accomplishment and why this embodies the type of worker they will be in the new job.
"I am most proud of my transcribing of the biggest court case of the year. My writing was pertinent for the entire country to know what happened in court and because of that, I am extremely confident in my skills to tackle any kind of transcription necessary."
The candidate should be honest about a time in their career that they have failed, but should ultimately discuss how they recovered from the situation and turned it into a learning experience. The candidate should describe what happened and how they learned from their mistake.
"My biggest failure in my career was not getting the promotion at my last job. I feel that if I pushed myself to go above and beyond in the job, I would have been able to climb the ladder, but I have learned how important it is to never slack in your career and will continue to do so moving forward."
Whether it is confrontation, admitting mistakes, or working on a project that is very difficult, the candidate should talk about why these situations make them uncomfortable. They should also talk about how they believe they can break that feeling and finally feel confident in situations that make them feel uneasy.
"What makes me most uncomfortable is dealing with confrontation and criticism. I understand that criticism is a healthy part of the job so I can improve, but every time I am confronted, I get very nervous and am not able to listen well enough. In the future, I hope to be a better listener so I can learn from my mistakes."
The candidate should talk about one part of their personality that restricts them in their career in some way. They should talk about the ways in which they have already started to work on improving this weakness and how they are confident in their ability to perform the job well while they work on it.
"I find that one of my weaknesses is my ability to communicate with the rest of my team. I am an independent worker and I struggle to get used to having to report my work to others. However, I have been working on my communication skills in all aspects of my life and I feel that I will be a great team player in this job."
A good candidate is able to talk about why they love this career so much and why they know they will be a good worker. A hiring manager is looking for someone with a passion to do the job and who has a reason to come into work each day.
"The fact that my job is constantly changing makes me excited to come into work each day. I love that I am able to cover various events and I never hear the same thing twice, and it keeps my days interesting."
A hiring manager is looking for someone who is constantly striving to improve on their skills, even if they have years of experience in the field. The candidate should talk about what goals they have for his or herself this year and why that will make them a great candidate for the job.
"This year, I hope to become a faster writer. I consider myself a very speedy transcriptionist, but I hope to become even faster and more accurate so I can be the best writer possible."
The candidate should talk about their knowledge of the company they are applying for and mention similarities between their values and their own. This shows that the candidate is not only looking for any job, but is particularly interested in this specific company for the way they conduct business.
"I can tell I would be a great fit for your company because we share many passions, including our dedication to quick and error-free work."
A professional typer should be able to type upwards of 60-75 words per minute. The candidate should be sure that they are able to type at least this fast with little to no errors so they can do the job properly.
"I am able to type at 70 words per minute with little to no errors. I have been working up to this speed my entire life, and I feel that I will be able to type anyone's speech at this rate."
Voice writing reporters create verbatim or word-for-word transcriptions of legal proceedings, depositions, trials, administrative hearings and even speeches. After the event, they review and edit their notes and provide copies of their transcripts to the parties involved. Some voice writing reporters attend business meetings and public events where they provide real-time translations for business associates from other countries. Others may provide captioning for television to help those hard of hearing to stay abreast of the news.
The best way to embark on a career as a voice writing reporter is to complete a relevant postsecondary certificate program. Many technical institutes and community colleges offer formal training in this field. This formal training is often followed by a period of on the job training where the focus is on becoming familiar with the technical terminology that is used in legal, business and medical proceedings. Voice writing reporters must be detail oriented and have excellent listening and writing skills. The ability to stay focused and concentrate for extended periods of time is a crucial ability.
Be prepared to undergo a real-time test of your transcription skills at the interview. They will want to assess your speed of taking down notes, the accuracy of your transcriptions and your familiarity with complex legal, medical and business terminology. In addition, they will also ask you about your ability to stay focused during prolonged court proceedings. Other questions may pertain to your strengths related to the job and your career goals. At Mock Questions, you will find a long list of questions that are typically asked at interviews for voice writing reporters.