Re: Editor interview

Subject: Re: Editor interview
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2003 15:05:23 -0500


You want to be clear, as early in the process as you can, what they mean by "editor." If they are looking for a copy editor, you are going to approach the interview differently than if they are looking for an executive editor. In other words, you don't want to come across as being so focused on the commas that gross misstatements of fact escape your notice; but at the same time you don't want to start telling the interviewer about how you are going to direct authors to take a new approach to their subjects or how you are going to recruit authors for a new series of books you envision, if all they want is someone to redact mss. for the printer.


jd_braniff -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- uk wrote:

After being made redundant in Feb I did a business start course here
(grant to do it!) with the aim of setting up on my own. Some business
coming in but it's still pretty quiet her in N Ireland.

I've been contacted by a local agency re an editor position (some writing)
that sounds quite promising. I've been told that the interview will be in
three stages:

a short test - proof/editing
a 'what if' scenario and then I've to give a short (5min) presentation
formal interview

First two are OK - I gather the scenario's to see how I think on my feet
(job is in education so need to be very flexible). The interview I'm OK
with but are there any specific Qs I need to watch out for that may be
specifically editor related? Any help/advice much appreciated. Please copy
me directly on any replies as I'm on digest at the moment.

Damien Braniff

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