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Practice Interview Questions & Answers For A Magazine Editor

Interviews can be overwhelming, and when we feel overwhelmed we don’t always think or speak clearly. Taking the time to properly prepare for your interview can help to calm those interview nerves and arm you with the intelligent and impressive knowledge you need to wow your interviewer. Practicing for your interview can help you to formulate the absolute best interview answers. The last thing you want is to be stumbling over your words, searching for an answer that doesn’t exist in your mind. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research for you. All you have to do is read these practice interview questions and example answers specifically formulated for a Magazine Editor position and you will be well on your way to acing that interview!

1. Why do you want this Magazine Editor job?

Hiring Managers want to hire people who are passionate about what they do. They want to feel your passion and desire for the position you are interviewing for. A Hiring Manager's job is to hire someone who is committed to succeeding with the company and all of the demands that coincide with the position. Now is the time to convey just how much you want this job.

You might say something like this…

“I have always loved to write. Since I was a young child I could be found sitting in my room, writing away. As I progressed through school, my love for writing only got stronger and stronger. I worked jobs in other industries, and I found myself sneaking around writing stories in my journal when I could catch a break. That's when I knew it was time to get serious about writing as a career. Working as a Magazine Editor is a job that I worked towards for years. I started out freelancing, and eventually got a job as a contributing writer, and over time my desire to become more involved with the publications I worked for increased. I love being involved in the creation of content and I really see myself doing a great job with this at .”

2. What personal attributes make you well-suited for a Magazine Editor position?

Hiring Managers want to hire people who are confident in their abilities. You should be your own biggest supporter! You must be able to effectively market yourself and your winning attributes, so that you will stand out in a sea of candidates. Take some time to think about your answer, and be prepared to convince the Hiring Manager that you are the most qualified Magazine Editor around.

You might say something like this…

“When I was working as a contributing writer at a magazine, my boss would call me in once or twice a week and ask me to read other writers stories and offer advice or suggestions. It was a pretty small publication, but she knew I had a knack for writing and editing. Although editing wasn't my job a the time, my passion for writing was what led me to take on the extra work. I didn't mind. It felt so natural to me, and that's how my first job as an Editor started. A few months later, I got the title and it all became official. I helped writers to choose and finalize stories, and I became a big part of shaping the magazine's mission. Once again, my passion for writing and editing helped to guide my career. It is that passion for writing and editing that I consider my best attribute”.

3. Can being a Magazine Editor ever be stressful or challenging? If so, how do you deal with the challenges that arise?

Hiring Managers are looking to see how you respond to challenging situations. It is important that you showcase a positive attitude that is exemplary of a person who can rise up in the face of adversity. You should communicate your ability to problem-solve and ease tense situations. This is also a great chance to highlight your character and strengths as a person.

You might say something like this…

“As far as I know, any job comes with challenges or stresses. Being a Magazine Editor involves a lot of organization, creativity, effective time management, and planning. There is always something to do, and usually a writing piece on your desk that needs reviewing or editing. While this kind of fast-paced work environment is not for everyone, believe it or not, it's something I enjoy. When we plan an issue, the planning and execution of that issue occupies my mind and body until it is finished. I think this kind of drive stems from my passion for the business. So while it may be challenging to always get things together on time, it's really what makes me tick.”

4. Why should we hire you?

Hiring Managers want to hire people with self-confidence and determination. You should be able to explain why you are the best choice for the job. Be clear concise, and convincing! Ready, set, go!

You might say something like this…

“While I'm sure you have many qualified candidates, I'd like to think that my experience combined with my qualifications and love for this business, sets me apart from the rest. My career thus far has been perfect preparation for the demands of this position, and I'm confident I can deliver the results your magazine is looking to achieve.”

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