[Fwd: Tech Writer screening questions]

Subject: [Fwd: Tech Writer screening questions]
From: Bill Swallow <bswallow -at- poweradz -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 08:56:26 -0400

I'm not asking how to interview a tech writer. I do that, along with
other folks in my company. What my HR department would like is a list of

questions and answers that *they* can use to pre-screen applicants. The
being that they "weed out" the "unqualified" ones before taking up my
to review resumes and interview candidates.

I am having a hard time coming up with questions that won't throw out
baby with the bath water.

Thinking back, my Q's were a bit too involved for HR to handle over the
phone. Those were best suited for a manager or tech writer to ask during
the interview.

So to back up...

1. How long have you been a tech writer?
2. What made you decide this was what you wanted to do for a living?
3. Why are you interested in our company?
4. What type of tech writing have you done in the past?
5. What TW tools do you like and why?
6. Have you played a team lead role, and how did that go?

Bill Swallow
Technical Writer
bswallow -at- poweradz -dot- com

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