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Technical Writer Interview Questions

Author
Ryan Brown
    Job Interviews Careers Communications Technical Writer

37 Technical Writer
Interview Questions

  1. Describe a time when you came up with a creative solution to a problem in your past work.

  2. What is the next thing in the field of technical writing that you would like to learn?

  3. Tell me how you go about delegating work?

    Community Answers

    • "I like to set a time limit on myself in which I must complete directly at or before that time limit. By putting a time limit on myself, i'm putting pressure on myself and I work well under pressure."
    • "I generally identify and understand the team and the delegate work according to their capabilities."
    • "Dividing to my time with dead lines."
  4. What experience do you have working in a collaborative environment?

  5. Why do you like most about being a technical writer?

    Community Answers

    • "I like to write and I have been a technical writer for 7 years. I enjoy working in an environment where I can learn new tools, work on many different types of products and interact with different teams."
    • "Relaying information that is understood by many in short passages."
    • "I love to learn new stuff every now and then for which I interact with people and document it. I simply love my job."
    • "Learning new technology and new software and businesses."
  6. In what industries do you feel you have the most knowledge?

  7. What are you doing to keep current in technology?

  8. As a Technical Writer, what do you believe is your best asset?

  9. Why are you the best technical writer for us?

  10. What do you like least about being a technical writer?

    Community Answers

    • "People don't understand what exactly is a technical writers job and wants to finish highly sensitive work in impossible deadlines."
    • "In some organizations, technical writers are not respected as much as developers or QA. The management sees technical writing as just a chore and not as an asset to the team. I have had to work with managers who do not know how technical writers function and expect us to provide good quality documentation in highly impossible timelines."
  11. What is your favorite part of technical writing?

  12. What kind of supervisor gets the best work performance from you?

    Community Answers

    • "Any. I am very adjusting."
    • "I prefer to work with a supervisor who has clear requirements and good communication abilities. I would like my supervisor to set clear and achievable goals for me while giving me the freedom to suggest work and process improvements. My ideal supervisor would encourage continuous learning and career development."
  13. What motivates you as a technical writer?

    Community Answers

    • "I want to be an advocate for the end user. I want to provide documentation solutions that meet their requirements and go beyond them."
  14. What excites you the most about a career as a technical writer?

  15. What is the most difficult part of being a technical writer?

  16. What tools are you familiar with?

  17. What are your key skills?

    Community Answers

    • "I pride in that I listen and try hard to achieve the goals set by the enduser."
    • "I am very good listener, writer and creative too."
    • "Clarity and attention to detail."
  18. Are you a detail oriented person?

  19. Describe some recent projects you have worked on.

  20. What type of position are you looking for?

  21. What are your career goals?

  22. What technical writing experience do you have?

  23. How do you manage stress in your daily work?

  24. How well do you manage your time?

  25. Tell me about a crisis you encountered at work and how you handled it.

  26. Tell me about a time when you organized or planned an event that was very successful.

    Community Answers

    • "As part of the project team, I organized product demonstrations and explained new features and possible enhancements of the product to members of the management who were visiting us. This helped the management see that our project team was involved with improving the existing product and that we were interested in the customer satisfaction rating of our product."
  27. How do you evaluate success?

    Community Answers

    • "I evaluate my success by the feedback I receive - be it review comments from my peers, interactions with team members or be it feedback from end users who are reading my documentation. If I have succeeded in helping my clients with quality documentation and if they are able to understand and use the documentation effectively, I would consider myself as being successful. I want to be a valuable asset to my team and to the organization."
    • "Success to me is when I accomplish something on my terms and with slight deviations."
    • "Success is when a document is published and the end user relies on it continually to assist in their good."
    • "When I achieved my greatest goals in life."
    • "Completing a task ahead of time and making customer happy."
  28. Why should we hire you?

    Community Answers

    • "I heard about your projects and thats something I have already done before. So, I will be an asset to you."
    • "You should hire me on the grounds that you would have to spend time and money training me."
    • "I have keen interest in writing and due to my formal education, I have great technical knowledge and skills. With these two reasons, I believe I am qualified for the position as a Technical Writer."
    • "5 years exp working with different project teams."
    • "I bring 7 years of technical writing experience to the table. Even though I am an experienced technical writer, I believe that I should still keep learning and improving on my work. I am a dependable and hard-working person who is comfortable working both independently and as part of a greater project team. I believe that my experience and my technical writing skills will make me a good fit for your organization."
  29. Are you happy with your career as a technical writer?

    Community Answers

    • "Yes, I am. As a technical writer, I get the flexibility I want. I can work in my specified time format and do a lot of other kinds of stuff. Well, you may say that many of the projects are time sensitive. But this does not interrupt my own schedule. Overall, I would like to say that this profession allows me to do what I do best."
    • "I am very happy with my career as it gives me the opportunity to grow as a person and learn about many different technologies and business domains."
    • "I can base on the number of projects needing updating and revisions."
    • "Yes it gives me lot of satisfaction."
  30. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

    Community Answers

    • "Sometimes Team don't have the bandwidth to accommodate me then I work around them and make myself available to them at their connivence."
    • "I had just completed a tough project with stringent timelines and then moved on to another project even though some of my team members were still working on the first project. However, my first client was not satisfied by the performance of another technical writer and requested that I take on their work and complete it. Even though I was already working on my second project and could not meet with subject matter experts due to time and location constraints, I completed the documentation in parallel with my work. My contribution was appreciated by both clients and my management."
  31. What is your secret to a successful career as a technical writer?

    Community Answers

    • "My secrets would be to cultivate a sense of curiosity and hard work. As technical writers, we have the opportunity to showcase all the different features of products and make sure that the end users can use the products to their advantage. As a technical writer, we must learn how to approach other team members, talk to subject matter experts, gather information and present it effectively."
  32. Considering the investment our company will do to prepare you professionally, can you give us a reason to hire you?

    Community Answers

    • "I WILL BE your ROI (Return on Investment), an asset."
    • "I am a fast learner and a dependable team player. If I am hired, I will ensure that I produce quality documentation that meets all the requirements. I am passionate about technical writing and would like to grow the technical writing team."
  33. Give me an example of when you took a risk to achieve a goal. What was the outcome?

  34. What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?

  35. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a technical writer?

    Community Answers

    • "All my life I have been traveller and love to communicate. What better to communicate in all forms than been a technical writer."
    • "I have always wanted to write. I started working as a technical writer immediately after college. I did not really have an opinion about technical writing and I barely knew what it was but over the course of my work, I have come to enjoy it. I like working in a structured environment and working with different project teams. I feel that technical writing satisfies my innate curiosity about learning how things work and showing others how to use them."
  36. What is the most rewarding part of being a technical writer?

  37. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?

    Community Answers

    • "The project was outlining the steps involved in calculating a."
    • "Projects are never difficult, they are challenging. In my career of 6 years I have dealt with compliance and they are not easy projects because we have to write just enough and not over."