Re: Sample Writing Tests

Subject: Re: Sample Writing Tests
From: Michele Davis <michele -at- krautgrrl -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 08:41:57 -0500

Just to throw in an aside, Connie, if you had a BA let's say, and you were asked
to do an 8th grade level editing, math, and spelling test, what would you say?

I think this is what people, including me, are saying we wouldn't do.

Now, I was applying for a web re-design contract and they were having all
candidates create 1 page, the first one, of their web page to "really" evaluate
their work. Ugh. But I did it, because I wanted the job.

Another situation I was in was where a publisher needed a co-author for a
technical person who couldn't write but was writing a book. It took me four
hours to re-write a chapter for them. I didn't get the job, but I told her how
long it took me, and she reimbursed me for my time. Wow! What a nice company, I
would love to work for them.

So, in the above instances, yes, I will take a "test," but not in the remedial
way, and maybe that's where Johnny and Marilynne are coming from.


nope, still not done:

"Giordano, Connie" wrote:

> It must be nice to be as perfect as Johnny and Marilynne. My strategy is that
> if you refuse to take a writing test related to the product you have to
> document, then you won't fit in. Preen as much as you want about how you're
> too experienced and too good to take a test. It buys
> nothing from those of us who use them to test how interested you are in the
> product you're responsible for, how quickly you can grasp concepts and
> whether you know how to research. I don't make people write ridiculous
> pieces about PB&J or tying shoelaces. I don't expect it to be perfect, but
> it is a GREAT way to weed out people who are too lazy or self-important to
> figure out what they have to do and then do it.
> I'm delighted you're such a great judge of people. Don't bother to send
> your resume, I'm not looking for the self-important.

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