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Subject:Re: Agency and interviewing questions From:Linda Castellani <castle -at- CRL -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 9 Dec 1996 14:24:44 -0800
Rebecca, your response is a perfect illustration of the
frustration I experience when trying to get work through recruiters. As a
writer yourself, you comprehend the value of the experience shown on the
resume, and understand that someone capable of one thing is capable of
another such thing regardless of the tools used to produce the product.
I find that recruiters don't generally have that sense about what
kind of work might be a good fit, and won't present you to the client
unless you have the exact qualifications that the client is looking for.
They feel that their survival is based on doing that, because their
client may have given the order to more than one recruiter.
Now, if there was just a way to get directly to *you* and
eliminate the middle person.
On Sun, 8 Dec 1996, Rebecca Phillips wrote:
> >> 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
> Documentation Manager
> Qronus Interactive Ltd.
> Automated System Testing
> rebecca -at- qronus -dot- co -dot- il