Tech Writer screening questions

Subject: Tech Writer screening questions
From: Elizabeth Ross <beth -at- vcubed -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 10:41:10 -0400

My HR department has asked me to come up with a list of 7-10 questions that
can be used for pre-screening technical writer candidates. I've pondered the
issue for a few days and realize that this is not as simple as it might seem
to be.

The example sheet I was given is for applications engineers. Here is a
Q: Which tools do you use in a lab to verify data transfer protocols?
A: Oscilloscope = not very experienced
A: Logic analyzer = experienced

Q: What is the major difference between a "latch" and a "flip-flop"?
A: Latch is a level-triggered device whereas flip-flops are edge-triggered.

What sort of questions would distinguish an experienced technical writer
from a beginner? I don't think questions about tools (FrameMaker et al.)
really get to the heart of the matter. Can this even be done? I wonder if
such a process would helpful or harmful.

I'd like to hear your thoughts and opinions on the matter. Thanks in
Elizabeth Ross
Senior Technical Writer, V3 Semiconductor Corp.
beth -at- vcubed -dot- com
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum.

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