Re: technical interview of tech writers
Personally, I've done at least a dozen phone interviews while wearing
shorts and a T-shirt and no socks. I can't remember any in which I
didn't get at least a followup in-person interview.
I reckon the résumé gets the phone and the phone gets the F2F.
After ability and experience (but before appearance), I tend to land gigs on a certain je ne sais pas, which means that on the phone I need to be as comfortable -- as 'me' -- as possible. Prepared, but natural. Before you can be somebody they want to work with, you have to be somebody they look forward to *meeting*.
Even in person and in a suit, I try to let them see who they'll be working with every day. Seems only right.
But (ahem) this may have let me down for the first time *ever* the other week. I'm pretty sure (have inside dope) that somebody less knowledgeable, less engaging, and of another sex trumped me after what I felt was a great interview. Sometimes they prefer smart-and-safe to very-smart-plus-compelling.
In those cases, if you can anticipate them, I recommend doing phone interviews in clothes. ;)
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