RE: Test assignment for a tech writer candidate

Subject: RE: Test assignment for a tech writer candidate
From: Sue McKinney <smckinn2001 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:51:17 -0500

In my opinion, the test assignment should be in the context of what the job
is. For example, our writers write software user documentation for Windows
products. So our test for a writer candidate is to document how to use the
standard print dialog on Windows. We also have an editing test since we
perform peer editing, again something about software since that's our

My 2 cents.

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> Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:38:46 +0600
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> 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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