Re: Prize Interview Answers

Subject: Re: Prize Interview Answers
From: janiceg <janice -dot- gelb -at- eng -dot- sun -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 08:49:53 -0800

Steven Brown wrote:
> At my last employer, the five tech writers in our
> department interviewed each applicant in a group
> setting. One gentleman seemed very uncomfortable,
> although whether it was a result of the group
> interview or just his lack of conversation skills I
> don't know. One of the writers asked him what he liked
> about being a technical writer. He paused
> uncomfortably for a moment, shrugged his shoulders,
> and stared blankly at my colleague. Finally he
> replied, "I don't know. What do YOU like about it?"

How sad! One of my other favorite interviews was
a guy who wasn't formally an editor, but who said
he'd done a lot of peer editing for his group. We
asked how he'd gotten interested in editing. He
replied that it was because so many of his fellow
writers were ignorant about grammar.

"For example," he said, "they don't even know
what passive voice is. You know what passive
voice is, don't you? It's a sentence like
`The moon is blue.'"

Needless to say, we didn't hire him.

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