Re: Why don't more job interviews use writing tests?

Subject: Re: Why don't more job interviews use writing tests?
From: Chuck Martin <cm -at- writeforyou -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 16:30:32 -0800

Chuck Martin wrote:

This generated a number of replies. Some recall varying types of writing tests. But one response said, in part: "administering a writing test would take a lot of time for very little useful return."

It seems to me that if you give someone a subject and ask them to write about it, whether the subject is technical documentation or what they think of the sun rising this morning, it won't take more than a minute or two of reading the result to see a writer's skills.

Companies are demanding ever more with ever less. Wouldn't you want to know if your technical writer candidate can write well, out of the box, or would require a significant amount of editing? If someone could organize their thoughts well, on the fly, and put them coherently, clearly, and well-organized down on paper in a short amount of time, wouldn't you not only value that skill, but grab at it the first chance you got? I'd say yes, but then, I think that skill is a lot rarer than most would want to admit.

Chuck Martin
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