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Kelly Smith asked for: Advice for interviewing new tech writers
"... the director of another department is considering hiring a tech writer.
My boss volunteered me to sit in on the interviews. I won't be managing this
person (as far as I know, since they'll be in a different department) but we
will be expected to collaborate with each other and with the other tech
writer who was hired the same day I was (in yet another department).Do any
of you have experience hiring other tech writers and could you give me any
I'd ask to see samples of their work, and about what kind of environments
they've worked in. Were they a lone writer or part of a team? Did their
employers use style guides? What kind of review processes did they use? What
kind of technical background do they have? Did they go into tech writing
from an English or literature degree, or from a technical one? If your
company will have several writers, it would be nice if you all could
collaborate on one set of style guidelines and perhaps templates for some
documents to provide a uniform appearance and feel to all your output. You
should be seeking someone with the same goals.
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA
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