Re: Hiring Practices

Subject: Re: Hiring Practices
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 22:56:04 PST

Steve Fouts writes:

>To summarize for brevity (and to open myself to all sorts of spurious
>attacks claiming I missed the whole point):

> Someone put forth the proposition that people with specific hobbies,
> interests, or qualifications make bad Tech Writer's as they tend to
> be prima donnas.

>This brought about a lengthy discussion that skirted the entire
>issue in my mind. It is extremely easy to design a series of
>interview questions that is far more accurate at screening prima
>donnas than any of the various methods described.

Sure, but most people are far more attached to their prejudices than they
are to science -- or to attaining their stated objectives. Why test
something definitively when you can use your gut instinct to shoot yourself
in the foot?

-- Robert
Robert Plamondon, High-Tech Technical Writing, Inc.
36475 Norton Creek Road * Blodgett * Oregon * 97326
robert -at- plamondon -dot- com * (541) 453-5841 * Fax: (541) 453-4139

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