Qs for entry-level hirees

Subject: Qs for entry-level hirees
From: Emily Skarzenski <71220 -dot- 341 -at- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 14:51:00 EDT

Techwhirlers, I need your help.

I'm fairly new to managing a documentation group, and I'm probably going to be
hiring some entry-level tech wrters in the next couple of months. I'm looking
for your suggestions on questions to ask job candidates.

I followed with interest the thread last month on interview tests/questions, but
most (if not all) of what was said then applied to more experienced tech
writers. As I mentioned, I'll be looking for *entry-level* writers, who may not
have portfolios (and won't have extensive ones if they do).

As a writer myself, I'm fairly comfortable talking to job candidates about
writing positions. My bosses, however, are not writers, and I thought the
interviewing process would be much more productive if I could supply them with a
list of questions or areas of discussion to pursue when they talk to candidates.

Feel free to reply to me personally--I'd love to get any input (war stories,
etc.) you can offer about hiring neophytes. I'll summarize to the list if others
are interested.

Thanks for your help.

Emily Skarzenski
Head Technical Writer
Fastech, Inc. - Broomall, PA
71220 -dot- 341 -at- compuserve -dot- com


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