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Top 30 newspaper editor Interview Questions
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?
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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?
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"First, I do a quick reading of the document so that way I can get a general gist of the piece. That way I know what to expect in terms of style, pacing, and structure. On this first pass, I'll take any quick notes that come to mind immediately, but I don't pause to do any deep thinking until later. Then I do a section-by-section reading. I start with the first paragraph and then read the last one to understand what the writer is trying to accomplish. I work backwards from the goal and see if the rest of the writing supports that goal. Next, I..."
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Question 2 of 31
How would you handle sensitive writers who question every edit you make?
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"A lot of writers are sensitive, which is understandable because they often put their heart and soul into it and they're doing the very best that they can. As an editor, I might be making tiny little edits on grammar and punctuation, which the writer might see as a slight. So I need to acknowledge their good work and the efforts they make. I might not have time to talk about every little edit, so I'll ask them to write down all their concerns so that we can have a meeting where we can talk about the newspaper's expectations and guidelines. That way we can meet the deadline and the writer still gets to be heard and understood."
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Question 3 of 31
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
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Question 4 of 31
What is your ideal company culture?
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Question 5 of 31
What would your previous supervisor say about your time management skills?
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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?
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Question 7 of 31
How would you handle a freelance writer who handed in subpar work?
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Question 8 of 31
What is your greatest weakness as an editor? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 9 of 31
Do you prefer working with print, or online publications?
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Question 10 of 31
You have 2 major headlines that are both worthy of a spot on the first page. How do you choose?
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Question 11 of 31
Tell me about your leadership style.
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Question 12 of 31
Do you have a mentor in the editing industry, or any particular writer or publication that you admire?
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Question 13 of 31
How comfortable are you with assisting in newspaper design layout?
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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?
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Question 15 of 31
If you could write a book on any topic, what would it be?
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Question 16 of 31
Would you consider yourself to be more analytical or creative by nature?
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Question 17 of 31
Considering your background is in a different industry than ours, how do you think you'll fit into the job?
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Question 18 of 31
Tell me about your editing and proofreading process.
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Question 19 of 31
What do you like most about being an editor?
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Question 20 of 31
What do you know about our company?
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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.
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Question 22 of 31
Name one thing that you feel you can do better than other Editors you have worked with previously.
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Question 23 of 31
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 24 of 31
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
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Question 25 of 31
What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading?
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Question 26 of 31
Do you read any blogs on writing and editing? Which ones? What do you like about these?
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Question 27 of 31
Why are you the best newspaper editor for us?
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Question 28 of 31
What are your 3 greatest strengths as an editor?
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Question 29 of 31
Why did you choose to apply with our company?
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Question 30 of 31
What are your career goals as an Editor?
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Question 31 of 31
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
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