RE: Tech Writer screening questions

Subject: RE: Tech Writer screening questions
From: "Maria Drago" <maria -dot- drago -at- undp -dot- org>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 15:10:36 -0400

Mary, I think you make some great points, and one question occurs to me:

if you're being interviewed for a TW job and have NOT been taken on any
sort of a tour, you've only basically gone a short path from, say, HR to
the person in the dept. where the job is located and you don't have a
strong sense of the work environment, has anyone out there had the chudspah
to a-s-k for a tour? If so, what kind of a response did you get to the

As a potential future employee, I would be curious to get a sense of what
Mary speaks of in her message, but I wonder if making that request would be
received the way seeming too preoccupied with the vacation day policy may
cause potential employers to wonder if you're really who they'd want after

Interested to hear about anyone's experiences, from either side of the


At 01:04 PM 6/15/00 -0400, Hightower, Mary wrote:
> <SNIP>
>Personality may be important, but hobbies really have little to do with
>job in the office. Hobbies say things about a person, however. I think
>purpose behind asking about hobbies is to gain insight about the person's
>personality or character. Someone who jumps off cliffs on the weekends
>be a bit on the active or energetic side; someone who enjoys sitting and
>reading or writing may be more of a solitary worker. Someone who claims
>be "Trivia Master", well...oh, and don't wear an empty gun holster to an
>interview---I have no idea what that says, but it scares the heck out of
>If you would like to learn more about the person whom who are
>take them on a brief tour of the office and point out the parties your
>office is having, that you have a softball team, there are free Cokes in
>break room, every Thursday is squirt-gun day, the boss doesn't like
>that Mary won the regional body piercing contest and so forth.
>If the person doesn't respond favorably, then stop. The information
>isn't critical---how the person responds to you and others in the office
>critical. Do they laugh with you or stare at you like a hunted animal,
>"Dear, God, get me out of here?".
>I glance in cubes that I walk by on the way to and from the interview.
>there lots of pictures and personal articles or is it all work related?
>that tells me is whether the office is more business or do they like to
>fun. Which environment do I work best in?
>It's simply extra information to better prepare yourself for the
>you will be working in, if you the one being interviewed, or for who you
>will be working with, if you are the interviewer.
> <SNIP>

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