Prepare for your Interview
As you get ready for your in-person interview during you job
search, keep in mind, the person doing the hiring is going
to ask some pretty tough questions. They are not only interested
in what you have to say, but they're also interested in how
you answer, and how long it takes you to respond. While you
can't know for sure exactly what's going to be asked ahead
of time, here's a list of some of the time-honored questions
that are commonly used during a face to face interview.
1. What is your greatest strength?
2. What is your greatest weakness?
3. Why do you think you will be successful in this position?
1. Where do you see yourself in five years?
2. How did you prepare for this interview?
3. Give an example of a situation in which things didn't go
as planned, and how you handled it?
1. What's the most important story our local viewers want
to know about?
2. What periodicals do you read regularly?
3. Tell me what you know about some of our high profile stories?
1. If you were hiring for this position, what traits would
you be looking for?
2. Tell me about yourself.
3. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
1. How would you compare your verbal skills to your written
2. How would you respond to a disgruntled viewer who didn't
like a story you wrote?
3. How do you get along with others?
1. Describe one accomplishment that you are most proud of
in your career (or education for new graduates).
2. If you set out to reach a goal, are you frequently successful
in achieving it?
3. Have you ever not pursued a goal because someone said you
could not achieve it?
1. How do you handle deadlines and pressure?
2. Can you handle multiple tasks or projects?
Give me an example of a situation where you did this.
3. Describe how you would handle a live shot that is "crashing
1. Describe a situation in which you were unsuccessful at
achieving a goal. How did you respond?
2. How would you describe your career success?
3. What would you like to get out of this job?
The above questions are samples of typical questions that
may be asked. Practice your answers ahead of time to show
you are prepared. Be positive. You don't need to apologize
or be perfect. How well you accept your strengths and weaknesses
will largely give off clues as to how well you will get along
with others and accept responsibility. During the interview,
take notes, and ask for a business card from the interviewer.
As soon as you get home, send an email or snail mail thank
you note to that person. Less than 1% of jobseekers follow
this rule, and it's usually the tiebreaker between the final
candidates. And if by chance, you're still not selected for
the position, send another note thanking them for their time
and consideration. That way if their first choice turns out
to be a bad one, who do you think they may consider next time
around? Etiquette sends a positive affirmation of who you
are and what you will bring to the workplace. Use it to your
advantage. Next week's column: Common mistakes in the job