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Assuming we're talking about the ability to interview others: I consider
bribing engineers with donuts to be a vital interviewing skill. Plus,
you need to avoid scaring the ones who stare at their shoes while
From: Bill Swallow
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2011 1:55 PM
To: Dan Goldstein
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Persistence in tech writing
Persistence, creativity, especially adaptability (which encompasses the
two) go a long way. Interviewing skills are, IMHO, not as important as
solid interpersonal communication and social skills.
On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM, Dan Goldstein
<DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> wrote:
> I saw an ad on another e-mail list, posted by a tech writing company
> that's looking to expand. They listed the usual technical skills
> (databases, networks) and corporate buzzwords ("team player,
> determined to succeed"), but also... "Outstanding interviewing skills,
> persistence, and adaptability."
> Being *politely* persistent makes a huge difference in this line of
> work. Kudos to that company for realizing it!
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