Re: Advice needed for an upcoming interview

Subject: Re: Advice needed for an upcoming interview
From: Michael McCallister <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:46:48 -0500

What Anne and Dan have said are absolutely true. Don't be scared by the
prospect of running that marathon on Thursday. Chances are, that means
you're close to sealing the deal.

To help calm your nerves a little, here's a free excerpt from the O'Reilly
"Mastering Regular Expressions" book:
http://cdn.oreilly.com/oreilly/booksamplers/9780596528126_sampler.pdf. Head
over to your public library today, and pick up a copy of this or other
books on regular expressions (Perl books would be helpful in this regard
too). While they are not likely to quiz you on your knowledge of regex, at
least you won't freeze if they mention something in passing.

Have some questions ready for them: Ask them about the workflow processes
they have, whether you'll have access to the bug tracking system, and how
they've documented their API in the past.

Above all, relax! Best of luck!

Mike


Mike McCallister
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On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM, Anonymous <anonymous -at- techwhirl -dot- com> wrote:

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> I have a job interview on Thursday. I documented an embedded version of the
> company's product at a previous position, so I have some familiarity with
> it. But self-doubt begins to creep in as the interview approaches,
> especially since it's scheduled to last 4 hours and includes a technical VP
> and I feel that my technical skills are my weakest attribute (shamefully, I
> don't know any programming languages).
>
> Does anyone have advice for how to endure such a long interview? What kind
> of questions should I be prepared for, especially from the VP and the SE
> that will be interviewing me?
>
> The company's product makes heavy use of both regular expressions and APIs.
> There were recently a couple of threads about good API documentation that
> are good resources. But how about regular expressions? Any suggestions for
> reading up on those?
>
> I am just starting out in this field: if I get this job, it would be only
> my third position as a technical writer, so please excuse these rather
> nervous and fundamental questions. Any other advice, of course, would also
> be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thank you.
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