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From: Kelly Smith
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 8:46 PM
To: techwr-l List
Subject: Advice for interviewing new tech writers
I recently took a full-time position as the first tech writer in IT at a 40+ year old manufacturing company. As you can imagine, we have a lot of work ahead of us sorting out all the documentation.
After seeing what I was able to do for the IT department in the 3 months since I was hired, the director of another department is considering hiring a tech writer. My boss volunteered me to sit in on the interviews.
I won't be managing this person (as far as I know, since they'll be in a different department) but we will be expected to collaborate with each other and with the other tech writer who was hired the same day I was (in yet another department).
Do any of you have experience hiring other tech writers and could you give me any advice?
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