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Keith Cronin, sig line writer extraordinaire, wrote:
"Is my experience far different from the rest of you?"
Not mine. Unless you're interviewing for a position with a company who makes
competing products, I can't see any reason they'd want to anyway.
I've also been mulling over a response Ed Manley's last post, so I'll
address that here. Ed remarked:
"I simply cannot understand so many writers wanting to reuse proprietary
documents. You are WRITERS - WRITE SOMETHING!"
For me, the answer is that something I wrote while on an actual job seems
like a more "real" sample to present than something I whipped up just for
interviewing with. While I understand that the latter is no less an
illustration of my abilities than a sample I created for an employer, it
does *feel* that way to me.
YMMV, of course.
I might add though, that I have been asked, as part of an interview process,
to create new documentation for a made-up product. It was fun (the made-up
product was quite amusing) and side-stepped the samples issue very nicely.
(Thought about chiming in with that during the recent 'have you ever been
asked to take a test' thread, but didn't have time. Seems to fit here
(rather newbie poster who currently has a little more slack time than usual
for this lone writer...)
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