Re: Test assignment for a tech.writer candidate?

Subject: Re: Test assignment for a tech.writer candidate?
From: Richard Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
To: Connie Giordano <connie -at- therightwords -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:13:47 -0800

One variation on the options discussed in this thread is to give the candidate a task and ask him or her to use the interviewer as the subject matter expert.

That gives you some additional time to directly interact with the candidate and gives you a sense of how that person works with SMEs.

Richard
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On Dec 8, 2014, at 7:24, Connie Giordano <connie -at- therightwords -dot- com> wrote:

> Daniel makes an excellent point about testing for technical writing and
> other writing skills. Content duties are converging at many organizations
> (and have always been converged at others, in my experience). Being able to
> write clear procedures is useful, being able to create material that helps
> the customer feel good about the investment (of money or time) is essential.
>
> M2C
>
> Connie GIordano
>
> On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM, Caroline Tabach <caroline -dot- tabach -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
>> 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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