RE: Conducting Telephone Interviews

Subject: RE: Conducting Telephone Interviews
From: "Jones, Donna" <DJones -at- zebra -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 13:40:21 -0500

> At 05:12 AM 5/17/2006, linda_sims -at- vanguard -dot- com wrote:
> >I've never found anything I didn't already know how
> >to do that I couldn't learn how to do very quickly
> >to a high degree of competence.
> Fwiw, if you were interviewing with me, I'd consider that an ideal
> answer.

John Posada replied:
> and I see it as a not-very-good answer. To me, it shows that the
> person has stayed in their comfort range and hasn't taken on any
> really hard stuff.

I've never found anything to be too hard for me to learn quickly and to
a high degree of competence either (well, except maybe for matrices in
college calculus...). I've told people that in interviews before, and it
almost never failed to get me a job offer. My comfort range in technical
communications is so large that sometimes even I don't know its
boundaries. It sounds like Linda is like that, too. Spend a few minutes
teaching us what you want us to do, and then let us go. In a short time,
we'll be teaching others--and probably improving the process at the same

I consider Linda's answer to be just what I would want to hear. If a
potential employer didn't like her answer, it's likely that she wouldn't
want to work there anyway. :-)


Donna L. Jones
Technical Writer II
Zebra Technologies
Vernon Hills, IL

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