Technical Writer Test

A technical writer requires a range of skills to oversee the production of great technical copy, which is why a skills test can be useful when hiring for this position.

  • What is a technical writer test?

    A technical writer test allows you to assess whether a candidate has the right competencies, knowledge and skills to succeed in this position.

    The test is a timed multiple-choice assessment that covers topics such as general technical knowledge, attention to detail, best practices for content and the ability to communicate ideas clearly.

    The technical writer test provides an easy, bias-free way of assessing multiple applicants and shortlisting them effectively.

About the Technical Writer Test

Technical writers (sometimes called technical communicators) are skilled wordsmiths who create content to show or describe how a product works.

Their responsibilities might include preparing instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.

Hiring quality technical writers is key to successful content, and so you might want to consider a technical writer test to ensure candidates are suitable for the role.

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  • Why should you use a technical writer test for recruiting?

    A technical writer test can be particularly useful for the pre-employment stages of recruiting. Resumes and portfolios of work can be quite hard to judge for a position such as a technical writer: experience doesn’t necessarily mean someone is good. Portfolios can also be misleading, as it is difficult to know how much contribution to a piece of content someone had.

    A technical writer test can help by assessing proofreading, attention to detail and problem-solving skills, as well as editing principles and technical knowledge.

    For recruiters, the test results are a great way to speed up the shortlisting process and allow a data-driven approach to hiring.

    You might use a technical writer test for a range of other job roles, including:

    • Technical Communicator
    • Information Developer
    • Technical Content Developer
    • Technical Documentation Specialist.
    • Marketing Manager
    • Content Marketer
    • Content Creator
    • Technology Blogger
    • Content Writer
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Results for the Technical Writer Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses technical writing skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. Microsoft Word), soft skills (e.g. time management), aptitude (e.g. verbal reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. detail orientation). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a technical writer were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our technical writer test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.

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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
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Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

FAQs

What other tests should I use to recruit a technical writer?

When recruiting a technical writer you might want to consider a personality test, verbal/non-verbal reasoning assessments and/or a situational judgement test. This can help give you further insight into the potential candidates you might hire.

What are the six key principles of good technical writing?

When hiring technical writers you should keep in mind six of the key principles that make a good technical writer. They are:

  • Using good grammar
  • Writing concisely
  • Using the active voice
  • Using positive statements
  • Avoiding long sentences
  • Punctuating correctly
What is the cost for Picked’s technical writer test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

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Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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