Interviewing potential coworkers

Subject: Interviewing potential coworkers
From: "Ehr, Meg" <Meg -dot- Ehr -at- smartworks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 17:39:19 -0500

I did check the archives, but couldn't find anything similar, so here goes:

We have a *brand*spanking*new* opening for another permanent tech writer in
our department. There was a contract TW in the position until his contract
ended a couple of weeks ago, and I've been on my own since. I'm anxious that
we get someone on board (before I drown...), but I want to make sure it's
the *right* person. I am not the hiring manager, but the boss says she will
want me to talk to candidates to help determine fit, etc. The final decision
will be hers, though, not mine.

That said, does anyone have any questions/techniques/criteria that might
help me determine what someone would (could...) be like to work with?
Certainly, I'll make note of any red flags or obvious signs that the fit is
wrong. If anyone has ever been involved in "peer interviewing" (for lack of
a better term) from either side, what tips can you give? I have a few ideas
churning around in the back of my brain, but I value your input.

Thanks,
Meg Ehr
Technical Writer
Print Management Integration
SMARTworks.com, Inc.
Miamisburg, OH

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