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writing samples

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:33 pm

All of the firms I am interviewing with do not ask for writing samples at the screening interview. Do most eventually ask for a writing sample (at callbacks, maybe)?

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Re: writing samples

Postby Renzo » Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:35 pm

Probably not, but but bring one (to screening and callbacks) in case they do. Some (but not most) of the hiring folks I've talked to thought that writing samples were a waste, since the applicant has had infinite time to make it perfect. Those people won't ask, but others who think they are valuable might.

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Re: writing samples

Postby Person » Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:09 pm

Interestingly, I have found the shittier the firm, the more likely they are going to ask for one.

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Re: writing samples

Postby Renzo » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:09 pm

Person wrote:Interestingly, I have found the shittier the firm, the more likely they are going to ask for one.

Yeah, I think the l33t firms assume everyone they'll hire is going to be a competent writer, but employers who are used to sorting wheat from chaff find writing samples important.




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