RE: Questions to ask Interviewer

Subject: RE: Questions to ask Interviewer
From: Tom Johnson <johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "'SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com'" <SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 16:04:08 -0500

On Friday, November 19, 1999 11:43 AM, SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com
[SMTP:SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com] wrote:
> Anthony Markatos <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com> has the intriguing idea of asking
to
> see a company's specs in a job interview. I see where you're coming from,
> Tony, and I think you would learn what you want to learn from it, but as
a
> hiring manager I think I would not grant such a request, because I'd feel
> paranoid about letting someone who might not take the job see
> company-confidential material.
>
> (If I *did* let you see specs, depending on the product you might see
> something pretty reasonable, or something pretty awful--but that's just
us.)
>
> -- Steve
>
Tom responds:
Would it be as valid to let interviewees see project specs from an older
project? Or maybe even the interviewee could initiate a discussion about
specs. I think most technical writers would be observant enough to figure
out if the company builds to the specs or builds as they go. I've been in
places where ad-hoc works and I've been in places where it won't and I
would venture to say, it isn't too hard to tell which companies really
stick to the specs by asking the right questions about their processes.

Tom Johnson
Marketing Coordinator/Technical Writer
Elk Rapids Engineering Div., Star Cutter Company

johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com - work
thomasj -at- freeway -dot- net - persona




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