Re: Testing Candidates (was: The Results)

Subject: Re: Testing Candidates (was: The Results)
From: Goober Writer <gooberwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 13:16:23 -0700 (PDT)

> Wow - do you really believe that? How many bad
> writers have you taught to
> write well? And EASILY, at that? Put your method for
> doing so into a book
> and you'll get rich. Seriously.

Well, that's a loaded question, isn't it? ;)
Answer: none.
Qualifier: I have never hired a bad writer.

Maybe I'll write a book after all. "Ted, Alice, Bob,
and Carol's Guide to Hiring Technical Writers"


> I really in my heart of hearts believe some people -
> even very intelligent
> people - just can't be taught to write well, just as
> I - despite an ample
> belly - can't be taught to belly-dance. Sorry for
> the image - I was trying to make a point. <g>

Oh, no doubt there are many smart people who can't
write well. But, weeding out the poor writers can come
after weeding out the candidates who can't think.

I think I see your point though. If you've been burned
by crappy writers in the past, you're more apt to be
cautious when hiring.

Goober Writer
(because life is too short to be inept)

"As soon as you hear the phrase "studies show",
immediately put a hand on your wallet and cover your groin."
-- Geoff Hart

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