assessing a lone-writer gig

Subject: assessing a lone-writer gig
From: "Sydney Compson" <sydney -dot- compson -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 23:00:56 -0400

hi there,

I am getting ready to interview for a lone-writer gig at a 30-person
startup, and I am wondering if anyone has tips on questions to ask -- or if
you have tips on determining whether it's going to be too much of a

Here are a few questions I've already thought of for them:

* What deliverables would I be expected to provide in the first two weeks?
In the first month?

* Why have you waited five years to hire a writer? And what assessments have
you done to make you think you need only one writer?

* What sort of training would you provide to me if I signed on to this job?
What would be the structure of this training and who specifically would
provide it?

* If you asked me to deliver, say, 5 specific deliverables in a given month,
and I told you that only 3 were do-able, what would your reaction be? In
other words, would I be considered the authority on how long it takes to
create documentation?

If anyone has any feedback on these questions, or if you have additional
suggestions, I'd be most grateful.


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