How to hire a web editor


The other day I ran into a friend who was about to interview candidates for a position as web content editor. Now, many people ask me for advice on how to leap into this kind of career. So I asked her how she selected the shortlist.

  1. Track record. What web content have they already edited or written? What jobs have they had in this area already?
  2. The Google search. The MySpace, Bebo, FlickR, LinkedIn search. Oh great Scott, so they are *that* sort of person?
  3. Personality: do they seem right for this particular position in this particular organisation?
  4. Not an issue: familiarity with the subject area.

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