Weird Interview Question: What Magazines Do You Currently Subscribe To?
Most people want to leave work in the office. You spend all day running errands for executives and the last thing you want to do is go home and break about a book about new advancements in coffee delivery.
Still, employers want to know that you have not only a dedication to the job, but also a dedication to the field. It makes sense that those with a considerable amount of love for the industry would subscribe to magazines that are related to that industry. They might ask you this at your interview to gauge your loyalty.
How to Answer:
Do you read magazines related to the field? If so, there is your answer. If not, there are several ways to get this answer wrong:
- Say you don’t read any magazines.
- Say “yes, I read some of them” without giving specific names.
“I don’t really read magazines. Sometimes I look up articles in some of the magazines though when they catch my eye.”
“I get my news about technology from CNET, Endgaget and occasionally Wired Magazines, though Endgaget tends to get more up to date technology. I have their feeds in my RSS reader and I check them with my morning coffee.”
Not everyone has magazine subscriptions. That’s fine. As long as you name the names of where you get your news (preferably names of places you really do go for news) you’ll get credit for this answer. If you don’t read news about your field anywhere, then go buy a few magazines in the store and read them so that you can claim that you do.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Name names, don’t give generalizations.