Re: Test assignment for a tech.writer candidate?

Subject: Re: Test assignment for a tech.writer candidate?
From: Caroline Tabach <caroline -dot- tabach -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Alec Chakenov <alec -dot- chakenov -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:39:31 +0200

When interviewing candidates you need to find a task that you don't need to
invest too much time explaining to the candidate what to do, and will not
take you too much time to review.

We once asked candidates to explain how to do 3 basic tasks using Outlook.

Not everyone was familiar with this, but everyone knew how to use email.

Outlook was installed on the computer used, screen caps could be taken.

It is surprising how many mistakes could be made.

This was quite a few years ago, but it gave a good idea whether the
candidate could do technical writing.

You could see if someone knew how to use headers, or knew how to write a
procedure, divide up a topic, use relevant information etc.

So asking someone to write a help procedure about a familiar process is not
really irrelevant at all.

You can discover a lot of information about the peraon's writing skills.

Sent from my mobile
Caroline Tabach
caroline -dot- tabach -at- gmail -dot- com
On 8 ×××× 2014 08:38, "Alec Chakenov" <alec -dot- chakenov -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> If you had experience with hiring technical writers, what kind of test
> assignment would you recommend to assess technical writing skills?
> At one software company I was tasked with writing a help article about how
> to use an elevator. I thought that was so irrelevant and did not want to
> proceed with them.
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