RE: Tech Writer screening questions

Subject: RE: Tech Writer screening questions
From: Stephen Arrants <sarrants -at- roidirect -dot- com>
To: 'Jan Stanley' <janstanley -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 08:56:05 -0700

Jan Stanley [mailto:janstanley -at- earthlink -dot- net] writes:
> Subject: Re: Tech Writer screening questions
> Susan Brown asks tech writer interviewees about their hobbies and
> outside interests. I would find such questions too personal in
> an interview. I don't know whether they'd actually be illegal in
> the U.S., as I believe questions about marital and parental
> status are [...]

As a rule of thumb, I've been told that if the questions does not directly
reflect the qualifications, training, or skills needed to perform the job,
they should not be asked. If a candidate revels this information in the
interview on his or her own initiative, you're OK. Otherwise you are opening
your company to potential litigation.

Stephen Arrants
Manager of Technical Communications

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