Editor Interview Questions

Responsible for reviewing and evaluating content, editors are highly attentive to detail, organised and collaborative. In an interview, expect to be asked about how you work with deadlines, your toolbox of editing systems and where you find your ideas for stories. Particularly desirable are candidates with strong communication skills who can work well in teams.

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Top Editor Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top editor interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: What's your process for maintaining deadlines?

How to answer: When working as an editor, you will face deadlines for when you have to return the work to the writer or project manager. Highlight any tools you use to track and manage deadlines, such as a calendar or task management system. You can also use this question to describe your work ethic and situations in which you've faced and maintained tight deadlines for clients or team members. This question also works well to discuss your prioritisation skills.

Question No. 2: How do you maintain focus when handling the mundane aspects of editing?

How to answer: Editors often face tedious and monotonous tasks, such as proofreading, checking sources and fact-checking. When answering a question about maintaining your focus, talk about any processes you have in place to stay alert as you review other people's words. For example, if you read sentences aloud when assessing grammatical correctness or use a digital tool to check facts, describe these habits.

Question No. 3: Describe your approach to offering constructive feedback.

How to answer: An editor often has to provide constructive feedback to writers and content experts. They need to be able to do so in a way that benefits the other party while maintaining a professional and positive tone. Outline your communication skills and ability to provide feedback in a way that does not generate a negative or defensive response.

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Cactus Communications
Medical Editor was asked...15 March 2022

Are you comfortable with medical subjects? (I have an MSc in Microbiology and had applied for a position in the Life Sciences)

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Test Name : Earth and Environmental Sciences ☰ 1:27:40 Question 16: Select the options that would NOT be suitable for the following unedited sentence: The effect of pH on the adsorption in Cr(III) on natural bentonite was evaluated. A. “effect” should be revised to “affect” B. “of pH” should be revised to “by pH” C “on the” should be revised to “from the” D. “in Cr(III)” should be revised to “of Cr(III)” Less

Test Name : Earth and Environmental Sciences ☰ 1:26:54 Question 22: Select all options that have NO grammatical errors. A. The main objectives of this study are to examine the potential of hydrocarbon generation in high-maturity marine II-type kerogen on the quantitative hydrogenation process, which involve different catalysts under closed system conditions. B. The drying coefficient of the generated gas decreases significantly with the increasing yield of heavy hydrocarbon gas, and the organic carbon in highly mature kerogen is hydrogenated to produce an alkane, CO2, and other gas components. C. In contrast, the fabricated disk-shaped fuel cell exhibited as a linear relationship between the output and the glucose concentration; therefore, this result agrees well with that obtained in the previous study. D. Lewan et al. and Seewald et al. confirmed that the contribution of exogenous H plays a key role in hydrocarbon generation and the distribution of underground hydrocarbon components. Less

Test Name : Earth and Environmental Sciences ☰ 1:26:41 Question 23: Select all options that have NO grammatical errors or awkward constructions. A. Junquera et al. reported on the depolarization field effect in BaTiO3 thin films sandwiched between two SrRuO3 electrodes. B.Until recently, most studies on two-dimensional ferroelectrics focused on the theoretical analyses based on microscopic theories. C. Currently, the effectiveness of the data assimilation methods for the phase-field modeling of microstructure evolutions was reported. D. Due to simulation of realistic growths of dendrites multiple times, recent development in high computing performance techniques is acceptable. Less

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'So are you able to start writing right away?"

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Of course I am...Do you have an assignment for me?

i am willing to start immediate.

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The Business Year

Are you open to going anywhere.

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Solitaire Group

Would you be able to work today?

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yes, i,m ready


same day interview and job ofer and contract doesnt come yet,no had sence

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Cactus Communications

Questions in editing scientific documents.

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:( Totally speechless.

Well... sorry cactus. That's not what it said. I think you just reworded it for your own convenience. Less

Best wishes!

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Cactus Communications

They kept asking me if I'm planning for a baby.

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I am not sure if the questions posed were for the benefit of the organization but it truly helped me understand the unprofessionalism in there. what do you mean by stability? do you expect people to retire from Cactus once they join? what is the longest time you expect an employee to stick to the same company? i dont think it is is either in benefit of the company or that of the employee to stick on forever. I believe that asking such questions was not done on purpose, but because of a lack of training and awareness Nevertheless, thanks for letting us all know about the organisation right on day one. Less

Thank you for your reply, Global Talent Acquisition, Cactus Communications. Nevertheless, it is still disappointing to have lost a great opportunity to work with Cactus Communications, due to some silly, baseless "apprehensions". I would have taken it positively had I not cleared the technical tests, and worked towards it. But the reason given to me is not justifiable at all. Less

I had to say no because I didn't want to falter in anyway and lose this great opportunity. Had I known they were so unprofessional, I wouldn't have answered this question. Secondly, if they can ask me such sensitive questions, why didn't they clear their doubt if I will work there for long term or get bored eventually. Less

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Condé Nast

What will you do if you get offered an amazing opportunity elsewhere that pays more once you have started here?

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I would return the question, what would you do if after hiring me you found an amazing candidate that would work twice like me and ask for half as much? Less

There's monetary income and there's psychological income. Very often, the first will satisfy on the short term, but the second carries on for the long term. A good working environment, an exciting and intellectually stimulating job, and a package of good benefits go a long way in making an employee happy. Less

There are many factors to be considered before deciding to move to another workplace, once I have started working at a specific company. They include, but are not limited to employee treatment, company's short term and long term goals, company's social o community policies, opportunities for employees' growth and job stability. A temporary or apparent advantageous opportunity elsewhere might not seem so brilliant if we analyse of these factors. So, I would stay with the company that provides the best working environment, fair compensation and opportunities to grow, as well as a philosophical approach to society as a whole and the community around it that is beneficial and positive. Less

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Editor was asked...26 March 2016

Why do you like the football team you like?

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They have an ambition to be better regardless of how most people jeer them because they got cash influx from a rich owner. Less

It's the same in I-Yuno Philippines. The Korean is great but the Filipino coordinator who now interviews applicant has no ethics and keeps on boasting her experiences in the competitor company. Less

Worst attitude of project coordinator in the Philippines! The staff will suffer if she will be the boss. Less

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Are you comfortable editing Porn

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I am interested to edit porn videos

I am interested to edit porn videos

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Did I have a current Girlfriend.

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No I was single and wanted to remain single.

Is that even legal to ask?

I am a female and straight so no.

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