RE: Writing Test?

Subject: RE: Writing Test?
From: Peter -dot- Harbeson -at- nokia -dot- com
To: eddy_skau -at- mailcity -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 20:03:19 +0200

>A written test will not reveal all, but it is a step closer to finding out
if the candidate has >the required skills

While this may seem to be true, it depends on the similarity of the skill
"completing a test in an interview situation" to the many skills involved in
"performing well in a job". The biggest danger of using tests is the belief
that you are measuring what you THINK you're measuring. This is not easy to
do, and I would suggest that it's considerably harder when you're trying to
assess a broad range of skills that are subtle, complex, and not completely
understood -- for example, the ability to perform well in a technical
writing job.

Now, if the job you're hiring for involves taking writing tests during
interviews, DEFINITELY go for the writing test!

Thought for the day: "It's not what you don't know that gets you. It's what
you DO know that ain't so." -Will Rogers

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