21 Common Editor & Proofreader Interview Questions

Here are some common questions that hiring managers ask in interviews with potential editors and proofreaders:

  1. How many years of experience do you have in editing and proofreading?
  2. What is your process for editing and proofreading?
  3. Can you describe your work style?
  4. How long do you expect it will take you to edit or proofread our manuscript?
  5. What software do you use for editing and proofreading?
  6. What are some of your qualifications/training in editing and proofreading?
  7. What do you look for when editing and proofreading?
  8. How many revisions do you typically make to a document?
  9. When working with clients, how do you communicate changes and updates?
  10. What are your expectations for this position?
  11. What is the most challenging part of your job?
  12. What do you like best about your job?
  13. Can you give me an example of an editing or proofreading project you recently completed, and how it helped the client?
  14. What is the difference between an editor and a proofreader?
  15. How do you ensure your clients are happy with your work?
  16. How do you handle projects where you need to work in a language that isn't your native tongue?
  17. How do you stay up-to-date with changes to industry standards, like MLA and APA formatting? Do you have any tips for staying up-to-date?
  18. Are there any projects that you have turned down because of your ethical standards or judgment? If so, what were they?
  19. What is your preferred work environment?
  20. What kind of technology do you use in your daily workflow?
  21. Do you have any questions for me?