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Production Editor was asked...15 December 2015

How many cups of coffee are drank in London every day?

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Can't remember, just thought it was a stupid question designed to assess 'creativity' when in fact it was just a stupid question. Less

Hachette Book Group

What kind of books have you read lately? Describe a typical day? What made you consider Hachette?

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Be prepared to provide titles.

BBC

They asked for a portfolio of my editing and film work.

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I followed up with a digital portfolio.

Callisto Media

Describe your process.

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She kept holding onto her purse the whole time during my interview. She told me that the CFO is traveling for the next month so they will not conduct another round of interviews until he returns or they don't even know yet. Their interview & onboarding process sounds very disorganized and unprofessional. Less

Oxford University Press

What kind of work environment do you like?

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Can you be more specific?

Oxford University Press

What was your most significant accomplishment.

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Finishing college on my own without my parents financial help.

Mercatus Center

A three-part editing test.

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Tip: have the manual on hand.

Penguin Group

"Describe three situations where you had to solve a difficult problem."

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Hate these questions. Extremely vague, difficult to prepare for, don't really tell the hiring manager much about you, despite what they think. Less

EMCP

Instead of providing some sort of editing test, the manager asked if "copyediting" was one word or two words and if "copy editor" was one word or two words.

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I replied one word and two words, respectively.

Manhattan Prep

What interests you about test prep?

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As I have severe testing anxiety myself, prep classes are fantastic tools to ease the distress that often comes with test taking. I would love to be a part of a company that supports this kind of personal growth and success. Less

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