Interview questions - Technical writer
The following are the common questions asked by an interview panel to a technical writer candidate:
1. Tell us about yourself? (This question is usually asked to verify what you have said in the CV and what you say at the interview are the same. In between, the interviewers will ask questions as if they are not fully convinced).
2. Why do you want to leave your exising job? Or, Why did you apply to this position?
3. What is SDLC/DDLC? What are the steps in DDLC? What is the difference between SDLC and DDLC?
4. What are the tools you have used? (This is a regular question: On a scale of 1-5, how do you rate yourself in XYZ tool?)
5. Do you know Agile? Or, how do you plan your documentation if the software development methodology is agile?
6. What is a content management system, or a versioning system?
7. Do you know collaborative authoring/editing?
8. What is single-sourcing? What is DITA?
9. What is the biggest challenege you have faced in your career? How did you deal with that situation? (For example, the SME has not given his or her comments, while the deadline is one day away, and your BP is going north. Or the developer who has promised to have a discussion with you has already left the company. Or your colleague has gone for a vacation in Goa and you have to finish his or her tasks also).
10. What are the elements in your documentation plan? (This is just to know whether you have heard of MS Project or similar tools).
11. How will you and at what time will you escalate issues? Or have you missed deadlines?
12. Will you accept everybody's feedback or ignore some?
13. Have you worked with overseas clients? Or are you OK with on-site projects?
14. In five years time, where do you see yourself? (This is a classic question, anyway).
15. Do you have any questions?
Friends, I feel there "can" be some "Innovation" in the interviews we attend? What do you think?