Question 1 of 31
If you have a 300-page document that's a rush job and you must edit it by the end of the day, how would you approach the task to ensure timely delivery?
By having a cool mind and finding happiness in it.
I would get some chocolates and tea and sit down and get it done in one sitting.
I would keep the story short and exciting, but still keep the details in place.
Calculate how many pages I could do per hour realistically and whatever is left over, delegate to other staff.
We live in the 21st century and there are many online applications that can be used to edit large documents, so I would us one of them.
Deadlines are important! If the piece is a rush job, then I would first edit it for flow, continuity, and accuracy. Once done, I would give it the spelling and grammar review and then get it ready to go to press.
Question 2 of 31
How would you handle sensitive writers who question every edit you make?
I would appreciate their criticism and keep what they say in consideration for the next time I edit.
I would have a private meeting to understand how they are feeling and what they feel when I edit their work. I would explain that their work is very good (if it was!) and that editing it was just bringing it up to scratch with house-style. They don't need to take it personally as it is not a reflection on the quality of their work, it's just my job to do that.
I will explain my edits in a calm assertive manner.
I will tell them that we need to cater for a broad market, and not individual needs.
Will talk with them and understand how they want me to edit.
In this situation, I've been the writer before. I understand how hard reporters work on their stories and the pride they have in their work. However, I also understand the extreme importance in a second set of eyes. Not even the best pulitzer prize winning writers would submit their work without a second set of eyes editing. In our work, we can't afford to make mistakes. I think it's worth it to get picked apart the avoid errors. There are also ways to explain edits to sensitive writers that eases a feeling of a takeover of their work. For example, I think using phrases like, "What would you think if we worded it this way?". It's important to explain edits to writers. I'm sure there are also instances where the writer will defend their content as is, and as an editor, you understand why.
Tell them it is not at all personal and you are just doing your job to the best of your abilities.
Keep calm, and not defend myself.Try understand from their own perspective.Combine both of our opinion and reach a conclusion.
Question 3 of 31
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
I have been on the newspaper since the beginning of freshmen year, and I have only missed maybe 2 meetings. I am dedicated and will be at every meeting.
I am doing bba from kinnaird college.
I did my education in yuvakshetra college and I have worked as a junior editor in a renowned newspaper too.
Completed my bachelors in english literature, currently doing my M.Phil. In my second year which will focus on my thesis also related to editing.
First class honours degree, diploma in journalism, photography course, bi-lingual.
I attend the University of Trinidad and Tobago, where I am pursuing my BA in Literature Education. I am in my second year I am training to become a secondary school teacher.
I studies Business Communication and worked at a publishing company and small magazine as a student journalist. I loved every moment of my experiential training year and acquired great experienced with researching, finding new angles for articles, checking content, interviews, etc.
I am currently in my second year studying journalism.
Question 4 of 31
What is your ideal company culture?
Anything which helps the community in a positive way x.
A company that specialises in travel writing, that delivers excellent quality writing work, seeks to create a collaboration between writer and company.
A company that seeks my interest and provides all the necessary resources for me to perform at my greatest potential.
A company with a friendly and accommodating vibe where creativity is appreciated.
The company that put first the needs of the people.
Question 5 of 31
What would your previous supervisor say about your time management skills?
I try my best, nobody is perfect but I like to be on time for anything.
Yes, I believe so. I prefer to make lists to prioritize.
Question 6 of 31
Give an example of a time when you had to edit or write a piece under a strict deadline. How did you ensure that you met the deadline?
I had to write several research papers during my first year if M.Phil. It was tough but I managed to organise my work according to my deadlines and got it done.
I never had to edit anything under a strict deadline but if I did I believe the only way to meet the deadline is to deal with it as soon as possible.
Question 7 of 31
How would you handle a freelance writer who handed in subpar work?
In a professional manner.
I would provide them with guidelines of how the company expects the work and some pointers on how to write articles. They coud also shadow one of the senior writers to their work.
Every person has a different definition of what is subpar, but if it were to me I would not tell the writer that his work is subpar I would say that there are numerous things that could be done to improve it.
I almost dealt with similar situations on a weekly and sometimes daily basis during my time as editor at Urban-Econ. I would have got a 40 page report from a Russian manager with a very technical writing style, and needed to edit the entire document in less than an hour. With time, I learned what to look for, and speed read forward and backwards for spelling mistakes, and sentence structuring; however their was no time to waste.
Question 8 of 31
What is your greatest weakness as an editor? What are you doing to improve it?
My greatest strength is also my greatest weakness, I do not give up which means that I am a perfectionist. To improve this I stop, take deep breath and accept the fact that nobody is perfect.
Question 9 of 31
Do you prefer working with print, or online publications?
Question 10 of 31
You have 2 major headlines that are both worthy of a spot on the first page. How do you choose?
Question 11 of 31
Tell me about your leadership style.
Question 12 of 31
Do you have a mentor in the editing industry, or any particular writer or publication that you admire?
Question 13 of 31
How comfortable are you with assisting in newspaper design layout?
Question 14 of 31
As a newspaper editor you may be asked to work overtime, evenings or weekends. Are you available to work long and flexible hours?
Question 15 of 31
If you could write a book on any topic, what would it be?
Question 16 of 31
Would you consider yourself to be more analytical or creative by nature?
Question 17 of 31
Considering your background is in a different industry than ours, how do you think you'll fit into the job?
Question 18 of 31
Tell me about your editing and proofreading process.
Question 19 of 31
What do you like most about being an editor?
Being an editor means you get to help people with their writing, and I like to read other people's work. I also just like helping people improve on what they already have.
I like reading other's work and trying my best to help them make it even better. Also, most likely mistakes that I will come across are probably ones that I would make and so they help me become a better writer as well.
One can improve their English and grammar skills, one can also gain a lot of exposure for their writing depending on which editing firm they work for.
Question 20 of 31
What do you know about our company?
Newsday produces one of the top Newspapers within the country. I do not know more than that but what I can say is that the crossword puzzles are much harder when compared to the other leading newspapers.
Question 21 of 31
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for me, focusing on your work as an editor and writer.
At a job no but father is an architect so many times he has documents to correct so I will just do those. I also write so I edit my own work.
Question 22 of 31
Name one thing that you feel you can do better than other Editors you have worked with previously.
I will not say that I am the best, I think that each person is has their own gift, mine is an undying will to keep going even when things that going my way, so if you choose me that is what you are going to get, a relentless worker.
Question 23 of 31
How do you handle stressful situations?
Question 24 of 31
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
I list in order from the most important to least important.
Question 25 of 31
What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading my Toastmasters magazines for inspiration and newspapers so that I can know what is happening in the country.
Question 26 of 31
Do you read any blogs on writing and editing? Which ones? What do you like about these?
Yes, mostly random blogs I encounter. They are very useful when practically handling work.
I have read blogs but I cannot remember any of them at this time. What I could say is that they did help me to improve my writing and editing greatly which is why I am here today.
Question 27 of 31
Why are you the best newspaper editor for us?
Question 28 of 31
What are your 3 greatest strengths as an editor?
I never give up when faced with failure.
Question 29 of 31
Why did you choose to apply with our company?
Because it is exactly what I was looking for.
I want to be a writer and my become an editor I can not only share my expertise I will be in an environment where my work may get more recognition.
Question 30 of 31
What are your career goals as an Editor?
Hopefully to become a writer one day.
To improve my writing skills, because I believe as an editor or in life in general one can never stop learning or perfecting their craft. So yes eventually I want to become a lecturer.
Question 31 of 31
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?