The main qualities to highlight for an interview for Editor in Chief (EIC) are strong organizational skills, above average literacy, an understanding of AP style rules, the ability to delegate and strong leadership skills. The EIC not only has to know how to write, they need to know how to lead, inspire and listen to their editors and writers.
As far as experience, there are two types one must possess to be a strong candidate for the job. The first is experience in leadership roles. Without previous experience at leading groups of people, the EIC would have a difficult time achieving success. One way to gain that kind of experience is through the second kind of experience: Experience working in journalism. While high school journalism is better than none, collegiate or professional journalism makes for a stronger candidate. Such experience can be gained at The Criterion through working as a section editor. In particular, the News Editor leads to the natural progression to EIC.
Experience working with The Criterion is exceptionally valuable because it allows an individual to network with the people who will conduct the panel interview as well as give them firsthand knowledge of the candidate's work ethic and quality. The familiarity will not, of course, guarantee the position, but it will provide the candidate with an advantageous position.