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HCL Technologies
Content Writer and Editor was asked...April 2, 2015

How do you prioritize topics that need to be written?

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I try to get a sense of the need for the topics by asking subject matter experts and other interested parties; then I prioritize based on whether this is a new topic, a revision, a requirement to address changed circumstances, or a "nice to have." Emergency topics take first priority; then topics that can be completed quickly; then topics that are needed, but which will require more time to investigate. Less

You would have to draw up an outline that included variables with respect to deadline and value. Once that was accomplished, you should develop an analysis of each item with respect to profit, qty available, vs realistic completion of the project deadline expectation. Say we have 100 widgets that are slow sellers, with a low margin and time consuming to write, and 1000 widgets with the same amount of work, yet are far more profitable, you would outline them in a multi-fold hierarchical format. Equal work and deadline, unequal values. If the next four items were also fast sellers with high quantities and significant profit margins, and took as much work as the 100 widgets, decisions would need to be made. Rush jobs are better served by making compromises. It's better to exclude weaker profit items, in order to ensure all high profit items are included and the quality of the finished product does not read as slap-dash, and that pesky deadline is met. Over-reaching is the hobgoblin of lost accounts. Less

Abt Associates

How would you deal with people freaking out to meet the deadline for a USAID proposal?

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I said that I am generally an easy-going person, used to deadlines, treat colleagues with respect--but also believe there would be less freaking out if a standard procedure and timelines were developed to ensure a smooth proposal development process and minimize last-minute panic. Less

HCL Technologies

How do you measure the success of content?

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How often is the content accessed? How effective are the keywords in finding content? For those systems with the option, how many times has the content been marked as resolving the question/problem? Less

KLF Group

What my motivations were for wanting the job, what experience I had in the field.

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That I loved the nature of the job, and adhere to the company's values.

Balcom Agency

How long would it take you to write a website?

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(This was odd and hard to answer, given the number of variables involved in creating a website.) Less

Carnegie Corporation

My interviewer asked me to take her through my education and career, from the very beginning, rather than starting with the most recent job.

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I was ready to speak about my most recent professional experience, and had to think fast to put my entire career trajectory into context. I welcomed the chance to discuss some of my earlier professional moments, and appreciated my interviewer's interest in such details. Less

Carnegie Mellon University

Why would you want to work here

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I love working in academia.

Semcon

Are you currently applying for other positions at other companies as well?

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No

JBS International

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

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They really are human. You don't have to give the well-rehearsed answers. Being genuine might actually win you some favor. Less

Accenture

Tell us how your previous experience relates to this position.

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I explained that had done the same work previously.

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