Hiring TW without a test

Subject: Hiring TW without a test
From: Jen <jennee -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:19:56 +0200

Hi everyone! The discussion about the editing tests was great and I took
notes for the future... but I'm in the opposite situation now and I'd like
to pick your brains. My company is hiring a new tech writer, but we are
forbidden from giving any type of written test. (I think the policy I'd
stupid, but there's nothing we can do about it.) We are trying to figure
out what kind of questions to ask the candidates, but I don't see how a
verbal conversation can replace a test... maybe someone else has been
through this before.

A bit of background (important): we're in an European country, we write for
a global market in English as a second language, tech writing is a very new
profession here (so we would be hiring someone with little to no
experience) and the interview will be in English (we hope that if they can
speak English well, they can also write it...). The existing TW on the
team, me included, didn't have any prior TW experience and were hired based
on a grammar/spelling/editing test (+interviews).

Thanks a lot for any advice!
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