TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: Agency and interviewing questions From:Rebecca Phillips <Rebecca -at- QRONUS -dot- CO -dot- IL> Date:Sun, 8 Dec 1996 09:18:09 +0200
>> What do you, Melissa (or any of you), look for when someone
>> submits samples, that lets you know whether or not they are worth
>> interviewing? What impresses you? What guarantees a call from you?
In this area of the world, it is unusual to ask for writing samples in
advance, and most people come to interviews without a portfolio.
However, if an employer is interested, they usually ask you to send a
writing sample after the first interview. When I hired, I looked for the
basics in a writing sample. You would be surprised how many writing
samples clearly emphasize a candidate's inability to express himself in
writing. I don't really care if the writing sample is irrelevant to my
product. I just care that it is neat, consistent and well-written. I
count on the interview to determine if the candidate has the smarts and
background to handle the specific job requirements.
Rebecca M. Phillips
Qronus Interactive Ltd.
Automated System Testing http://www.qronus-int.com
rebecca -at- qronus -dot- co -dot- il