Communications Director Sample Job Interview Questions

Communications Director Sample Job Interview Questions

 

I asked recruiters, hr pros and top employers for their favourite communications director job interview questions. As a result, I have put together a list of great interview questions for communications director positions. I invite you to use these free job interview questions for your next interview.

Also remember that a lot of employers are looking for candidates that have experience in social media communications, and Internet communications experience.  So be ready to speak to examples of when you directed a social media or Internet communications project.

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If you had to choose three words that describe yourself, what would they be?

How do you ensure a successful relationship with  external public relations suppliers?

How do you ensure good relationships with Government Relations?

Tell me about when you have provided strategic counsel to Executive Committee and senior management teams in relations to brand name and image.

Suppose executive management asked you to create a communication piece that you did not believe in.  How would you handle this?

We are looking for someone with strong leadership skills in this Marketing role. Networking is a term applied to interactions with people outside of formal work groups. Can you describe an experience you’ve had in building or maintaining networks as a Communications Director.

 

We are looking for someone to look after media relations, corporate communications, crisis management, public affairs and/or marketing communications.  What is your background with respect to these areas?

Have you ever given decisions in which you made recommendations about a new product, service, or procedure? Tell me about one of these situations.

What sources of information have you used to solve problems? Tell me about a time when you used one of these sources. (Listen for effective use of information.)

How long were you at your last job as a Communications Director before you felt at ease with the products or services’) Tell me about one of these products or services and how you learned about it.

What is your experience with electronic and print communications with staff, publications, marketing materials, websites and community involvement pieces?

What decisions have you delegated to your employees? Tell me about one or two of these decisions.

Describe when you last demonstrated your technical knowledge as a Communications Director. Contrast this with a time when you were stumped. What did you do differently?

What techniques have you found most useful in training and developing subordinates? Give an example.

How do you establish performance standards for your subordinates? Tell me about the process you use. Give an example of a time when this worked for you.

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Bonus Questions


  • Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn't want me to know.
  • What are some examples of projects that demonstrated your technical expertise?
  • What are the major training and development needs of the people in your department? How did you identity these needs? What have you done to address them?

Daily Interview Tip

Write down the questions you expect to be asked and then an effective answer for each. Informational interviews allow you to get to practice your communications skills and gain confidence for job interviews. Keep a mental list of your accomplishments. Think about challenges you've faced and how you dealt with them. Remember times that you've been a problem-solver. Consider mistakes that you've made as learning experiences.