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Technical Writer

Technical Writer

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Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Technical Writer (Short)

Technical Writer

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information - read specifications
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - understand service or repair manuals
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - use interviewing procedures
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - confer with engineering, technical or manufacturing personnel
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Technical Writer Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Technical Writer test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  Knowledge and Skills
  • MS Word (2019)
  • Writing
Personality
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
 

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:27-3042.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$45,510 or less
Bottom 25%:
$57,960 or less
Median:
$74,650 (Average)
Top 25%:
$95,690 or more
Top 10%:
$119,040 or more

US Employment Statistics
2019:
58,400
2029 (projected):
62,700
Annual U.S. Job Openings:5,700

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Clerical
  • Communications and Media
  • Administration and Management
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Education and Training
  • Production and Processing
Top Skills
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Time Management
  • Judgment and Decision Making
Top Abilities
  • Written Expression
  • Written Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Information Ordering
  • Speech Clarity
Education Requirements
Post-Secondary Certificate:
7%
Some College:
16%
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
35%
Bachelor's Degree:
33%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
2%
Master's Degree:
5%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
None:
7%
1 - 2 Years:
39%
2 - 4 Years:
9%
4 - 6 Years:
23%
6 - 8 Years:
12%
8 - 10 Years:
9%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Assembly Instructions Writer, Clinical Writer, Contract Writer, Document Specialist, Documentation Designer, Documentation Specialist, Documentation Writer, Engineering Documentation Specialist, Engineering Writer, Expert Medical Writer, Grant Writer, Handbook Writer, Health Science Writer, Health Technical Writer, Information Developer, Lexicographer, Manual Writer, Medical Technical Writer, Medical Writer, Narrative Writer, Process Description Writer, Proposal Coordinator, Proposal Writer, Report Writer, Requirements Analyst, Scientific Writer, Senior Technical Writer, Specifications Writer, Technical Communicator, Technical Publications Writer, Technical Writer, Technical Writer and Editor, Technician Writer

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  • Review and summarize customer product feedback emails.
  • Calculate a product defect rate.
  • Make a product purchase recommendation.
  • Optimize infrastructure strategy for phone lines.
  • Respond to a customer inquiry.
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