It’s interview season with lots of wannabe hacks setting off to City, Cardiff, Goldsmiths and beyond nervously clutching their portfolios. If you’re not sure how to prepare for your journalism MA interview, never fear because we have some tips.
On Monday we asked current journalism postgrads to tweet us the questions they were asked at interview. For the full collection of #interviewQs check our Storify:
5 top tips for preparation:
- Read the papers and watch the news THAT MORNING. You will get quizzed on current events, from global politics to pop culture.
- They are going to ask you what newspapers and magazines you read, and who your favourite journalists are. Make sure you have answers.
- Similarly, they will ask you why you want to do a journalism masters. Make sure you can answer that convincingly and realistically.
- Get a friend or relative to help you pick apart your CV and portfolio with a critical eye. Think of how you will explain any holes or contradictions.
- It sounds cheesy, but be yourself. Be the best version of yourself, yes, but don’t say anything you don’t believe. You will be interviewed by journalists – they can sniff out inauthenticity.
And for a final word of advice from Hannah, check out the video. Best of luck!
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