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Subject:Re: How would you resond to this interviewer? From:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:<ekarenski-techwrl -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:44:33 -0700
Was the interviewer an experienced writing/publications
person, and did the interview itself get into content and
how you created and managed it? If so, my guess is
that what she meant was that the only thing she could
get from looking at your portfolio was an idea of your
ability to do the hands-on DTP work required to create
a document (I tend not to give portfolios much more
than a cursory look myself, and mostly just out of
courtesy to a candidate who goes to the trouble to lug
I would probably have just said, "Ok," and then let the
interview progress to what the interviewer wanted to talk
about. If the interview never did get to a serious
discussion on content, I'd know that they were really
only looking for a DTP drone.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karen" <ekarenski-techwrl -at- yahoo -dot- com>
>I was in an interview the other day and began to show the interviewer
>my portfolio. I explained that I had to sanitize some of the documents
>due to confidentiality agreements and couldn't show some of the "meat"
>of these programs that were in alpha and beta stages. Her response was
>that it didn't matter since she wasn't interested in the content, she
>was only interested in the formatting. To that, I responded that a few
>of the documents had to conform to corporate standards that we had to
> I haven't had to interview is so long and I think I suppressed my
> internal groan. This position really is about developing content where
> none exists--not just editing and formatting existing documentation.
> How would you have responded in this case? This is an extremely small
> company (less than 10 people) and she is leading the project so she
> knows what it the position really entails.
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