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I don't mind my test being qualitative. I'm building my group and I know I
need people who can write and design information. I teach technical writing
and know how to judge exactly what I am looking for., For my junior
position, I want someone whose instincts are leading in the design area. I
can teach them what they need after that.
I don't need someone to do analysis. That's mostly my job. I need writers
who understand how to design information to be most accessible to the user.
CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting
Immediate Past President of IESTC
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Behalf Of Bryan Sherman
Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2005 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: Hiring Question
Analysis is very important for Technical Writing, I'm with you 100%
there, but without the ability to express what you learned, all the
analysis is worthless.
But on the topic of testing, it is always a tough nut to crack.
Designing a test to measure the skills you are looking for is not a
trivial matter. Sharon's approach is intriguing, and very qualitative
as opposed to quantitative. Quantitative testing (just give me the
score) has the appearance of being more objective then qualitative but
many times that appearance is deceiving. I've seen too many tests that
are filled with tricks.
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