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Old 07-15-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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I was wondering if anyone here had experience with writing tests during an interview. They seem to be routine for writing positions. The last interview I had only had a very minor writing test, where I had to describe a new ship that was being manufactured, followed by an expert level excel test and some multiple choice questions. That was for a job writing content for a business' product line.

I have an interview in a couple weeks for another content writing position, expect this will be writing actual content, not just product descriptions. I'm wondering what I might be able to expect as far as writing tests go.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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I haven't had that, though I have had positions where they asked for a writing sample beforehand.

Good luck!
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I haven't had that, though I have had positions where they asked for a writing sample beforehand.

Good luck!
Same. I have never had that experience. I would just study up on the company and do your best.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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Same. I have never had that experience. I would just study up on the company and do your best.
Good idea - if you can get your hands on any company literature (even stuff off their website that is more in depth than brief advertising) it might help you get a feel for what the company likes to see in their product descriptions, or whatever it is you'll be writing.

Good luck!
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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Thanks guys for your advice. Hopefully they are all writing tests and they go smoothly.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have given written work sample projects to not only test the candidates on the work by posing a situation to
resolve, but to see an example of their grammar, vocabulary and spelling. This is for an analytical postition requiring problem solving and writing recommendations, and correspondence. No spellcheckers when writing by hand, and we do try to forgive bad penmanship since pens and pencils are so rarely used these days.
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