What's the perfect test?

Subject: What's the perfect test?
From: Emily Skarzenski <71220 -dot- 341 -at- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 10 May 1995 09:23:58 EDT

I continue to be very interested in the issue of testing technical writers
during interviews. From the opinions I've gathered, it appears that testing can
be a good idea--from the viewpoints of both the potential employer and the
potential employee--but only if the test is brief, well-defined, and fair.

We've had some discussion about particular tests, mostly bad ones. Let's turn
the tables. Does anybody have specific ideas for *good* tests? Perhaps we could
start a thread for test ideas. Let's hear some ideas and evaluate them for the
above criteria. Perhaps, out of our discussions, we will carve some guidlines
for creating good tests.

- Has anybody ever taken a *good* test during an interview?
- Is anybody using a test for job candidates that seems to work well?
- Does anybody have any good ideas that they haven't tried?

<Ding!> (That's the bell sounding for round one.)

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


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