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Subject:Re: Test assignment for a tech.writer candidate? From:Daniel Friedman <daniel -dot- friedman42 -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Alec Chakenov <alec -dot- chakenov -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:10:24 -0500
Being in the consumer electronics space, this is a bit easier. The
interview test I used recently was to give the candidate one of our
products (plug and play wireless security system). They then had to write 2
exercises. One is setting the time and date on the unit (standard procedure
in all quick start guides). Second is to write a short marketing writeup on
why a consumer would want this product. The second one, while not strictly
necessary, shows me the candidate has talents in different areas of writing
and a greater level of understanding of the product and the tech market.
On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 1:38 AM, Alec Chakenov <alec -dot- chakenov -at- gmail -dot- com>
> 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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