Re: Interviewing technical writers

Subject: Re: Interviewing technical writers
From: "Dana Worley (MVP/JB)" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:30:16 -0600

With any job I am hiring for, I go through the resumes and put them in stacks of qualified, maybe qualified, and not qualified. Out of the qualifieds, I select 5 or so of the top candidates, and then call them on the phone. Often, I will also have someone else who has a vested interest go through the qualified stack and pick their top 5.

You can screen out a lot of people with an informal job interview on the phone. It really helps me to narrow down who I want to bring in.

Dana W.

On 4/11/2012 9:32 AM, Kim Bieler wrote:

I'm evaluating resumes for a technical writing& content strategy
position at our company. I'm pretty clear on what I would ask
candidates in an interview, but I'm not sure how to decide based on
their resume who I should follow up with.

Is it appropriate to ask for writing samples before an interview? Are
there particular assets or red flags I should be looking for in a
resume? Any background research I should conduct?


Kim Bieler

Campbell Scientific, Inc.
Product Manager, Software Products
Microsoft Help MVP 2002-2012
Jester's Baubles Fused Glass Designs

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