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English & Publishing Interview Questions 

  • How would you rate your resourcefulness?
  • Describe what professionalism means to you.
  • Give me an example of your diligence to complete a project with a deadline.
  • How do you prioritize your work?
  • How would you describe your work style?
  • Walk me through a situation in which you had to get information by asking a lot of questions of a number of people. What were their reactions to the questions? When did you have to go back and rephrase your questions?
  • Describe a recent time that you were unexpectedly in a position of orally promoting or defending something. How convincing were you? What arguments did you spontaneously think of during the discussion? How did it turn out?
  • Getting through college requires a lot of writing. Tell me about some of the writing you’ve done: topics, length, format, etc. What difficulties did you have with any of the written assignments or projects?
  • What are some of the most difficult writing assignments you have been given or have taken on yourself? Please explain.
  • Tell me about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get an important point across.
  • Describe for me a time when you effectively utilized your editing skills in a written project.
  • Can you describe a situation in which your written work was criticized?
  • What classroom experiences do you feel have best prepared you for a career in writing/editing/research?
  • What do you know about (name the recruiters company)?
  • Aside from classroom texts, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
  • In the areas where your experience falls short for this job, what steps will you take to make up for this?
  • What book are you currently reading for pleasure?
  • In some positions it is necessary to be a thorough meticulous reader, and in others it is important to be able to scan through large documents quickly. Describe to me how you would handle each.



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