RE: Interviewing your prospective next manager

Subject: RE: Interviewing your prospective next manager
From: "Neumann, Eileen" <ENeuman -at- franklintempleton -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 09:12:48 -0400

1. Tell me about your background and/or education in technical communications or communications. (A manager with actual technical communications experience would be a new experience for me.)

2. Describe an ideal workflow for a tech writing project.

3. What qualities do you like to see in the members of a tech writing group. What is a good tech writer?

4. What do you see as the manager's role when leading a technical writing team?

Kind of obvious questions, but this is what I would want to know, as a writer.

Eileen Neumann
Business Rules and Procedures

-----Original Message-----
From: Gene Kim-Eng [mailto:techwr -at- genek -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 4:34 PM
Subject: Interviewing your prospective next manager

A question for the writers (not managers, please) on the list...

Suppose you were asked to interview candidates for a position
as your next technical publications manager (i.e., managing
you), and provide input on the candidates to the person who in
turn would be that person's manager (for the sake of context,
let's say that's me). What questions would you ask the candidates,
keeping in mind that you would be providing input on them based
on the answers you got back?

Feel free to reply on or off list.

Gene Kim-Eng

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