Have you ever been asked to complete a writing test for a freelance position? Vanessa Infanzon has, several times, and she’s here to share the experience and her tips on how to make the best out of this stressful situation.
Thanks for joining us, Vanessa!
I have been freelance writing for a few years and typically my resume, portfolio and links to two or three of my stories are enough to get my pitch accepted for a paid assignment.
When I was asked this summer to complete a writing test for a permanent, yet still freelance, writing position, I didn’t know what to expect. A Google search produced a few third-party grammar tests, but nothing else of substance.
With little to no information, I went into my first writing test blindly.
On the appointed day, I received an email at exactly 2 p.m.:
Please come up with three Charlotte commercial real estate story ideas on any subject with a hard business angle that you could write today and then write one of them — while still giving us pitches on the other two.
Please write for a general audience, with extra credit for engaging writing, creativity and original reporting. Please send your materials back to me by 3:30 ET.
When I read this, I was shocked by the amount of work in the short timeframe.