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From:Krista van Laan <vanlaan -at- BILBO -dot- NTC -dot- NOKIA -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 11 Dec 1996 10:40:13 +0200
Subject: Re: Agency and interviewing questions
There has been a lot of discussion on the list about
confidentiality issues which prevent some people from
bringing samples to an interview. (I still don't believe
in giving samples to agencies for all the reasons I and
other people have mentioned before.)
I do take confidentiality seriously; I have never brought
a sample of a manual in progress or for a product not yet
released, I have never shown an internal document, and
I have never shown a manual that was not published and
therefore presumably available to the outside world.
But I do show samples and I would like to know if that
is wrong, and if so, how. Are these things determined
contract by contract, or is there really an implicit
law or understanding covering the whole subject?
As for writers being completely unable to show writing
samples, if I didn't have a real printed
book to show and I wanted a job badly enough, I would
make up a sample if the interviewer wanted it.
Krista Van Laan
Nokia Telecommunications Phone: 358 9 5112 3684
P.O. Box 33 Fax: 358 9 5112 3876
02601 Espoo Finland Email: krista -dot- vanlaan -at- ntc -dot- nokia -dot- com