Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical interview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.
Below are sample Communication Arts interview questions.
-What experience do you have that relates to this position? Describe how your skills and education match the job requirements.
Answer Tip: Be sure your answer includes many of the skills listed in the job description
-What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Answer Tip: Prepare at least 3 to 5 examples. At the interview, choose one or two that you feel appropriate.
Answer Tip: Focus on professional strengths that relate to the position. Don't feel you have to gloss over a weakness, but do explain how you're addressing it.
-Tell me about yourself.
Answer Tip: Don't discuss any personal topics. Talk about aspects of your background that relate to the job, and that would make you a good fit.
-Why do you want to work for this organization? Why are you interested in this position?
Answer Tip: Research the organization in advance and use the research in your answer. It's important to know basics about the organization. Interviewers also want to know you're excited about the position, so show enthusiasm for it!
-Tell me about a project or challenge that didn't go well, and how you handled it.
Answer Tip: This is a big one. Expect to be asked this question. Be prepared to tell a story about a real challenge.
-Who is your favorite journalist and why?
-Describe your writing style.
-What books/magazines/newspapers do you read?
-What ideas do you have for feature stories for our publications?
-How will you find and pursue leads for stories?
-What kind of experience do you have in public speaking? How confident are you in your public speaking abilities?
-Can you please tell me about your experience with the development of public relations materials and communications tools like newsletters or brochures?
-What knowledge and/or experience do you have in working with the media, including monitoring media coverage and preparing press kits and media pitches?
-Give us an example of a recent advertising campaign that you thought was effective. Why do you think it was effective?
-What was the most difficult situation you have been in when responding to media and public inquiries. What made it difficult? How did you handle it?
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