Regarding tests

Subject: Regarding tests
From: Scot <scot -at- HCI -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Fri, 5 May 1995 13:58:32 +1000

>Regarding tests:
>Five people specifically mentioned that entry-level candidates should take a
>brief writing test. This opinion was shared by both interviewers and
>interviewees. (The other four responses didn't mention tests at all, either for
>or against.) Some people suggested types of tests to give:

We use a writing test for all potential contractors (as well as traditional
interview methods). Becuase we're a consultancy, and come up against a wide
variety of documentation tasks, the test has to be as generic as possible.

We ask the writers to describe how to make a telephone call to someone who
has never seen a telephone.

Its a good test of whether they can tailor their writing for a particular
audience - its very easy to assume knowledge. You'd be surprised how many
people start by explaining about telephone exchanges and other technical
data, or how much stream-of-consciousness we get.

ciao, scot.

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