Public Affairs Specialist Interview Questions

Businesses seeking a public affairs specialist want someone who can help the company develop a strong brand image and connection to the public. When interviewing for this position, it is likely that interviewers will ask about your communication skills, writing abilities and the techniques you use when researching and establishing a brand image.

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Top Public Affairs Specialist Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top public affairs specialist interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: What are your strengths when it comes to communication?

How to answer: When asked this question, highlight your communication skills that relate to the job position. You can cite the job description, and you can talk about your ability to deliver speeches during press conferences, answer questions during media briefings and communicate sincerely and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Question No. 2: Can you tell me about a time when you successfully helped a company grow through public affairs and business branding?

How to answer: Use this question as an opportunity to highlight your experience. You can talk about how you used research to develop an impressive press release, media briefing or social media campaign that attracted a new audience to a company.

Question No. 3: How would you handle a public affairs crisis?

How to answer: Interviewers want to know what you would do if a public affairs crisis happened at their company. Talk about a time when this happened in your career or emphasise your problem-solving skills to help an interview develop trust in you.

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Yum! Brands
Public Affairs Intern In Louisville, KY was asked...4 June 2012

What do you do when you have a problem with a colleague?

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Confront them - they're big on confronting each other and communication

US Small Business Administration

Can you speak Spanish?!

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No but willing to learn

Loyola University New Orleans

Why Loyola?

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I talked about what makes Loyola different from other universities, and why that is so relevant right now. Less

Naval Sea Systems Command

They asked me to describe a time when I had to overcome an obstacle to accomplish my mission, also asked what I was most proud of professionally

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I answered honestly. I think the more time you spend in business, the more these interviewers can smell that you're feeding them lines instead of being real. I like the direct approach. Less

US Army

Do you want to do (fill in the blank)?

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That's why I'm here.

Navarro Research and Engineering

The first questions was tell me something about yourself that's not on your resume.

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I chose an answer that was related to the position for which I was interviewing.

Navarro Research and Engineering

What do you think the strategy should be for the public affairs department?

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I kept this answer fairly broad, but had some specific examples that may improve website management and that involved metrics. Answering with how you'd incorporate metrics is huge. Less

Navarro Research and Engineering

They will question you line-by-line about virtually all aspects of the job requirements and what you've done in those capacities.

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Make sure you have specific examples of how you've met those requirements.


Previous experience related to the position

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Contacts that would be useful


What's Facebook's challenge?

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Many including political.

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