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Vetting New Writers for Your Team

20th November 2013 Posted in Blog, Hiring Writers 0 Comments

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While outsourcing jobs has become more commonplace, some companies still hesitate when it comes to hiring outside writers, especially those who will be working on a remote basis.  Since they can’t see the writers and they can’t necessarily watch them during their creative process, it can seem a little strange to work with someone in this capacity.

What companies may not realize (in addition to the fact that if you use Writing Assistance, Inc. your applicants will be pre-screened) is that there are ways to ‘interview’ writers before you hire them as part of the vetting process:

  • Request a sample on spec – Most technical writers, copywriters, medical writers and training writers are willing to offer a sample of their work to your specifications. You should expect to pay for the writer’s time to prepare a custom sample for you, but the results can help you clearly see if you are making the right choice.
  • Review past work – Take time to look at the writer’s samples of previously completed work. Keep in mind that some samples may be subject to non-disclosure agreements.
  • Talk to past clients and employers – Though it may seem time-consuming, talking to previous clients can help you find out if a writer is worth hiring. Again, Writing Assistance, Inc. can relieve you of some of this leg work.
  • Find out about re-writes – If you are hiring a contract writer it should be clear up front how many re-writes will be included with the writer’s services if you’re not happy with a deliverable.

Of course, if you’re not happy with your first choice, you can always look into a new writer to see if someone else is a better fit. This is especially helpful if you’ll have ongoing writing to be outsourced. Even more so if there’s a possibility you might consider a contract writer for a permanent position in the future.

Review our Client FAQ page or contact us to learn more about what it’s like to work with Writing Assistance, Inc. for your contract and permanent writing needs.

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