Got a job interview at a reputable daily newspaper. Yay! Could you help me prepare?
In about a week, I'm meeting up with the editor for an interview and to "discuss what employment opportunities may arise at the paper."
I have a background in proofreading, editing, and teaching: English, writing, and philosophy. My CV is varied but in a way that's interesting and works in my benefit (right now). But I've never worked at a paper or as a journalist and I'm sure there are a lot of very obvious things I'm missing.
I'm preparing by making myself very familiar with all main papers and current affairs. I've seen this thread
and I'm reading Strunk and White's Elements of Style (don't know why I hadn't before). In addition, I aim to get my hands on the latest AP stylebook. I know that I should be my normal self and exhibit an interest and curiosity in the field, the paper, and my interviewer. I'm also trying to think in terms of my strengths and what the paper might need to become even better (and to talk about this without being presumptuous).
I recognise that the market is very competitive right now and that they don't necessarily have any openings at the paper. At the very least, I want to make a good impression. Networking is a huge part of getting a job here. Ideally though, I'd like to walk in and convince them they should hire me. What else should I be doing?