RE: Interviews (5 Year Question)

Subject: RE: Interviews (5 Year Question)
From: "Diane Evans" <dianee -at- lockstream -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 12:04:11 -0700

>If I ever get the "how do you get a giraffe in the refrigerator" question
>again, though, I may have resort to more severe tactics.

This thread has been very interesting to read. I work for a small dot-com
that wasn't quite sure what a technical writer was, just knew that they
needed one. They gave me two problems to solve similar to the
giraffe-in-the-refrigerator. I answered both quickly, then responded with a
problem for them to solve -- which they were unable to do. Later (after I
was hired) I explained that their problems were geared towards logical
thinking, where mine was geared towards pattern recognition. In the tech
writing field, pattern recognition (being able to discover order within
chaos) is a much more valuable skill than logical thinking (also very

Diane Evans
Technical Writer


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