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Subject:Suggested job interview questions From:Melissa Hunter-Kilmer <mhunterk -at- BNA -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 5 Jun 1996 08:45:51 EST
On Tue, 4 Jun 1996, "Gravlin, Bob and Betty" <rbg -at- TETRANET -dot- NET> (we don't know
which one) wrote:
> My company's software may be bought . . . <snip> I will have
> to interview with this new company, since I would become
> their employee.
My sympathies. Doesn't sound like much fun to have to interview for one's own
> I want some suggestions about what questions I need to ask.
> For example, are technical writers respected as professionals
> on par with systems developers, or will I get shafted at
> raise time?
A good question, but you know you can't ask it that way. Hmm -- let's see --
how about "What is the usual career path for technical writers in X Corp.?"
Then follow up with "I'm considering making the shift to system developer.
What's their usual career path?"
Make sure you get timetables. For example, a tech writer might start out as a
junior tech writer. That might last anywhere from six months to three years, at
which time the title "tech writer" might be applied, and so on.
> If you have different standards, will I have to re-format
> 5000 pages of documentation and convert it to different DTP
"Is there one set of standards for the whole company, or does each department
set its own standards? How are standards decided on?"
You might want to ask about professional development -- does the company allow
you to take company time to attend professional courses, conferences, etc.; what
proportion of the cost does the company pay; tuition assistance; etc. This is a
good time to mention the courses you've taken in the last several years and what
they've done for your work.
I would be very interested in talking to at least one tech writer currently at X
Corp. Is there a way you can do this? Is there an X Corp. techwr-lr who will
write to Bob and/or Betty?
mhunterk -at- bna -dot- com
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