Journalist Interview Questions 

A journalist’s published work speaks best for them. Ensure you go through a lot of their published stories before having the final conversation round of the interview. Journalism is a challenging field. Screen the candidate for his/her/their motivation, zeal and determination to do the work. If they have to work in a team, include team-playing questions as well.

The questions given below will assist you in finding the right candidate.  

  • Why do you want to work for us? 
  • What according to you are the qualities a journalist should possess? 
  • How do you define yourself? 
  • How do you think the publication will be affected positively by hiring you? 
  • What do you think are the major challenges of this job? 
  • How do you think your past experience has helped you for your present role? 
  • How you do prioritize work? 
  • What do you think are your prime duties? 
  • What is the first thing you’ll focus on if you’re hired? 
  • Do you consider yourself a team player? 
  • The job of a journalist involves taking risks. What are your views about it? 
  • Today’s time doesn’t fully allow free media to survive. How will you ensure the right news gets heard? 
  • Which topics do you want to report about? 
  • Which topics do you like to read about during your free time? 
  • Which has been the most challenging story that you covered? 
  • Has there been a time when you risked your life to cover a story? Tell us about it.  
  • What is your writing style? 
  • Who is your inspiration? What do you like about them? 
  • Do you think social media is a tool to identify new stories?  
  • How do you make a story news-worthy? 
  • Which are your favourite publication houses? 
  • Which publishing software are you familiar with? 
  • Tell us about your experience as an intern.  
  • What steps did you take to increase readership at your previous job? 
  • How do you ensure that the information you received is accurate? 
  • Which has been your worst-performing story? What did you learn about it? 
  • Tell us about a time when you felt fulfilled with your job? 
  • Defend the remuneration package that you want.