Re: Seeking advice on leading an interview for a technical writer position in English

Subject: Re: Seeking advice on leading an interview for a technical writer position in English
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Claudine Chausson <cchausson -at- fircosoft -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:49:51 -0500

Interesting question. You're not talking language but culture. That
said, you are in France, and I assume will be interviewing French
citizens for the most part, correct? If so, then there's no need to
change how you interview.

Now, if the job involved heavy immersion into other countries'
cultures, then I'd see a reason for changing up the style of
interview.

The line of questioning for an interview should always center around
the job, not the language. The nuances will be minor with regard to
language variation if the job criteria is the same regardless of the
language you're interviewing in.

Hope this helps.

Bill

On Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM, Claudine Chausson
<cchausson -at- fircosoft -dot- com> wrote:
> The company I work for is growing and we are currently hiring a junior
> technical writer. We've received a few interesting résumés so far. My
> manager is leading the first round of interviews and I might have to lead
> the 2nd round. Yippeee. Not really actually. I've proposed to lead the
> interviews in English because, though we're located in Paris, France, the
> common language is English (many developers and SMEs do not speak French).
>
> I've lead interviews in French in the past but I don't want to be just
> translating questions into English. I know that in English-speaking
> countries interviews are lead in a very different way and I would really
> appreciate if you could direct me to websites that give sample questions.
>
> Also, I would really much appreciate a sample of your own questions you
> would ask to a junior technical writer if you were in my position.

--
Bill Swallow
Content Solutions Manager
GlobalScript, a division of LinguaLinx
http://globalscript.com
http://lingualinx.com

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