RE: Interviewing Strategies

Subject: RE: Interviewing Strategies
From: "Cardimon,Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 12:50:56 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: James Barrow [mailto:vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 12:26 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Interviewing Strategies

>Al Geist said:
>>WW wrote:
>>I am a novice tech-writer and am interviewing tomorrow for a JUNIOR
>>writing position with a medical/pharm administration company. It is a
>>position and the req. didn't mention any of the advanced utilities,
>>RoboHelp or Framemaker, so I'm pretty comfortable with what I expect
>>environment to be. My question is, does anyone have any last minute
>>for me?...
>I would like to add listen, listen, listen to what John said. A common
>trait I've encountered as a hiring authority is entry level applicants
>answering questions that were never asked and not answering the one's
>were asked. This tells me they weren't listening and if you're going
for a
>TW position, listening is critical to quality documentation.

Hold onto yourselves folks, but I agree wholeheartedly with Al. I've
interviewed people who seemed to be answering a question that was never
asked, and I've also been known to get so enthusiastic answering a
that, halfway through my answer, I've forgotten what the question was.

Don't be afraid to ask an interviewer for clarification. Asking someone
restate a question won't mean that you'll be seen as unqualified.

- Jim

I can't say I entirely agree.

A manager I had many years ago would practice interviewing people -- on
me. He would ask a rambling question, which I would attempt to clarify
or otherwise zero in on.

In his viewpoint, this was my failing to answer the question. When I
would try to clear up what he was asking, he thought I was avoiding the
question. The cool thing was, we got along well.

-- Craig


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