Journalists research, write and edit intriguing news stories. Use these sample interview questions to find the best person for the job.

Your zero-regret new hire will understand how to use CRMs (especially digital journos), publishing platforms and social media. They’ll be self-motivated, creative professionals with experience uncovering and pitching their own stories. Top candidates will know all about your org and who your target audience is.

Top tips: 

  • Assess their portfolio: Check out candidates’ portfolios to figure out whether their writing style will work for your company.
  • Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Journalist interview questions

  • Describe a time you worked across disciplines to tell a story.
  • What are the best and worst things about our publication?
  • Which are your favorite books/articles/publications?
  • Describe a time you found an awesome story and aced your pitch.
  • What’s your career highlight so far?
  • How do you manage tight deadlines?
  • How do you ensure super accurate work?
  • What’s the top publishing tech you’ve used?
  • Which social media sites do you use the most?
  • How would you rate your ability to use tech for storytelling? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Who are our competitors?
  • Which of our staff writers do you rate and why?
  • What current stories or trends are relevant to us?

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