RE: Sample Writing Tests Needed

Subject: RE: Sample Writing Tests Needed
From: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>
To: "'Michele Davis'" <michele -at- krautgrrl -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 11:07:09 -0400

I rarely disagree with Michele, but here's one time I do :) I hesitate to
go to work for companies that DON'T require a writing test, simply because
the lack of one often means they don't understand and place no real value on
writing and technical communications functions.

However, when I give writing tests, they are not multiple choice,
true/false, describe making a PB&J sandwich type of things. I give a
scenario that describes several typical users, and ask the candidate to
document a very simple, pretty obvious function. No time restrictions, ask
me as many questions as you want. I find out a lot about their level of
curiosity, ability to research and interview, information organization
skills, interest in the industry I'm working with, etc. It's the same
scenario for every candidate, so there are no questions after the fact.


Connie Giordano
Senior Technical Writer
Advisor Technology Services
e-mail: Connie -dot- Giordano -at- fmr -dot- com

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me,
and I'll understand." - Native American Proverb

-----Original Message-----
From: Michele Davis [mailto:michele -at- krautgrrl -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: Sample Writing Tests Needed

Just my two cents, but consider this: there are a lot of people out there
lots of education who will be put off by a writing test. I know for one, I
be. I have many friends that refuse editing tests when applying for a job,
if a company requires them, then they know that's the wrong place to work.
you know, when you're dealing with people who have two master's in liberal
pursuits, they may be above what you're looking for.

Just my 2 cents.


BMcClain -at- centura -dot- com wrote:

> I'd love to see one too, but in lieu of one, how about this: Explain in
> words or fewer, to somebody reading at about a fifth-grade level, how to
> balance a checkbook.

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