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----- Original Message -----
From: "John Posada" <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "'Bonnie Granat'" <bgranat -at- editors-writers -dot- info>; "TECHWR-L"
<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: August 25, 2003 06:55 PM
Subject: RE: interview and ethics
> Bonnie...not being strong and able to get strong, and not knowing how to do
> something and knowing you never will are two different things.
Where did I say they were the same thing? I'm talking about telling the truth.
I am not going to sweep job requirements under the carpet, even if they are
just a wish list from the employer. The employer is going to know the truth
about my strengths and my experience.
This particular requirement was something out of my range of experience.
Period. Full stop.
> Many times, I'm not as strong on some items on the shopping list as I am on
> others. Yet I know that either my ability at reduced level is more than
> they'll find by those who claim expertise, or I know that by the time it
> counts, I'll be up to it, so why push the negative.
I'm not going to give an answer that misleads an employer into thinking
something that is not true.
> Example: A tech writer job may ask for expertise in SQL, MSMQ, ADO, SOAP,
> and XML. of the five, I may be the weakest in ADO, but it's only because
> relative to the others, I'm not as strong.
> Knowing that, why would I say "I'm not as strong on ADO as the rest.?
> Instead, I might say "I'm strong enough on all of them, some more than
> You work hard to develop the ability to get up to speed quickly...why
> eliminate your chance to prove it?
I eliminated only an opportunity to waste the employer's time and my own.