Samples still needed!
We have discussed this subject many times in this forum. But still I can't help writing this.
A job email I received says that potential candidates must send samples, ideally a help file like document, as part of the filtering process. I feel this is mainly because of lack of faith in the skills of potential candidates, or a flawed market study about the skills of technical writers in Bangalore as well as India in particular.
If you are a journalist, you can show copies of articles with your byline to the interview panel. If you are a content writer, you can either show copies of articles or share links to the HR executive. If somebody demands a multipage document to prove a candidate's writing skills, i feel a bit queasy here. We all know that as tech writers, we cannot simply share copyrighted information. Then?
Do you think that there is too much of filtering going on now for tech writing positions?