RE: Advice for interviewing new tech writers

Subject: RE: Advice for interviewing new tech writers
From: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:20:18 -0500

A good portfolio is worth far more than any silly test. But when someone gives you a sample of their work, you need a way to find out whether they really wrote it.

-----Original Message-----
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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