Re: assessing a lone-writer gig

Subject: Re: assessing a lone-writer gig
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Sydney Compson" <sydney -dot- compson -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 13:11:23 -0700

Based on my experience with multiple startups, my guess is that
the company will not have answers for your questions 2, 3 and 4.
You should go to the interview prepared to discuss how *you*
will make the necessary assessments, and what training and
tools you consider essential for you to be able to evaluate and
meet their needs.

I would also ask about the company's strategic plan for reaching
profitability and maturity. A small startup may be reluctant to
discuss theirs with a candidate in any detail, but they should at
least be able to tell you with a straight face that they have one.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sydney Compson" <sydney -dot- compson -at- gmail -dot- com>

> * 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?


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