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Aug 16, 2004: Getting Hired

Over on urlgreyhot, Michael Angeles blogs "How to apply for IA jobs". Extremely useful posting for those in a position to hire, as well as those looking for work.

Also reminds me of another benefit to the good old three-circle IA Venn diagram: whether you're trying to get an IA education, hiring an IA, or building an IA team, my advice is to strive for balance among these three circles. (Jess McMullin and I created a more complex but also more explanatory version of this diagram here.)

Balance in disciplinary background, whether academic or self-taught, means complementing your "major" in one of the three circles (e.g., users, as in an HCI degree) with minors in the other two (e.g., content--say journalism--and context--such as organizational psychology). Same balanced approach makes sense in choosing which methods to be proficient in as well.

I've blogged this before, so I'll just point you there.

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Comment: David Gammel (Aug 16, 2004)

Hi Lou,

Below is a link to the interview questions for when we last filled our Director of Content Management position. It's not a pure IA job but has enough of it that I thought you and your readers might be interested in them as an example of what was asked during an interview at an organization where the web isn't the main thing (still important though!).


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