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Remote Editor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Scribendi.

Interview

I took an online test, passed it, and was sent a three-hour test. The writing was completely terrible. I finished my test within the time period and emailed my test back. The directions had me send a clean, corrected copy. Unfortunately, when you're told to use Track Changes and have made comments and suggestions to the author, the grader of your test doesn't see those.

Interview Questions

  • How long have you been editing?   1 Answer

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  1. Helpful (23)  

    Remote Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Scribendi (New York, NY (US)) in August 2016.

    Interview

    The basics: I applied via the website, took a short grammar test which had me correct some obvious, less obvious, and (frankly) some not very important grammar problems. I received an automated email with a copy of four very different types of writing that I had to edit and send back within a day. It was supposed to take three hours and it did. Seemed like a lot for unpaid time though. After ten days, I received another automated email (I've never heard from anyone in this company personally which is never a good sign) saying there were too many errors in my mock editing assignment.

    The details and my opinion: If you have even the smallest desire to collaborate on some level with the author of the piece of writing I doubt this is a good fit for you. I've worked as a tutor for writing for many, many years, and as an English professor for a while as well. I have a Bachelor's and Master's in English and received straight As throughout my English programs. Now, I've known a lot of pretentious people in this field, and I hope that it's clear that I'm not one of those in this review, but you can feel free to think what you want. I'm just trying to help others...and yes, perhaps get out some of my annoyance.

    I recognize that tutoring and editing are very different, that providing feedback for a student and editing a lab report are very different things. One (tutoring/teaching) is obviously much more involved and collaborative than the other (editing). However, I've come to understand that writing (even grammar) is not black and white, correct or incorrect, but rather a much grayer area. From my limited experience, this organization does not think that way; instead, they see black and white, wrong and right, and delight (like many) in being right, correct, and telling others they are wrong. I had hoped for more understanding of the complex and always somewhat naturally collaborative relationship between writer and editor. This hope was encouraged by the invitation in the sample editing assignment to use the comment function to ask questions of the author. Perhaps this was some sort of trick though, and I would discourage applicants from doing this actually, as it seems unlikely these comments are read. My suspicion is that the paper is simply reviewed by a grammar-mistake-identifying software (which obviously can't think like a human and understand comments with questions).

    I believe that the goal for remote editor is to create a human correcting machine, like a program that detects and fixes errors without concern for the author's intentions; I believe that the editing work I did on the sample pieces was not reviewed by a human - it was reviewed by a similar kind of software that detects errors.

    If you like to think that writing, editing, and grammar, are fully black and white, correct and incorrect, and you get some level of joy out of telling people who, in other contexts, would be smarter than you, that they've used a comma incorrectly, then this is the job for you. Make sure you use that grammar correcting software that probably exists out there on the Internet (that my students use that makes their papers even more unintelligible) on your sample editing passages before you email them back to human resources for review.

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  2. Helpful (19)  

    Remote Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Scribendi in April 2016.

    Interview

    When I emailed about the editing test, I received an automated reply which provided no useful directions about how to edit the text. The attached test clearly had not been chosen to match the specialties I had indicated on my application. It consisted of four diverse excerpts (including fiction and scientific research excerpts) and had to be returned within 24 hours. The excerpts appeared to have been written by non-native speakers of English, and at least two of the four required developmental editing (which is of course impossible to do without working closely with the author).

    I proceeded to copyedit the text and leave numerous comments (rather than taking it upon myself to re-write the pieces). The fiction excerpt was particularly awkward, but that could have been a legitimate matter of style, so I changed little of it. I suspect that this excerpt is the main reason I failed.

    A couple of days later, I received an HR email indicating that the company would not continue with my application because of the number of remaining errors in my mock assignment.

    In summary, the test was inappropriate at best, and, based on my admittedly brief experience, I’m inclined to believe the reviewer who indicated that this company expects their editors to re-write student’s papers rather than edit them. Assuming that the test’s level of writing was representative of the actual work, maintaining the required editing speed of 1000–1500 words per hour would be impossible.

    This is not the first time I’ve dealt with companies that cater to ESL authors (I was hired by another), and, unless you are desperate for money, I strongly suggest that you stay away from such outfits. You will be underpaid. I’ve learned my lesson and will not be applying to another.

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (13)  

    Remote Editor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Scribendi (Remote, OR (US)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online and within a week, my references told me they had received calls, although I had not been contacted at all. When I was finally contacted, I was given an editing test consisting of 5 varied documents and asked to return it within 24 hours. I was then sent hiring paperwork to sign (note: you must sign a 2-year non-compete clause, which is a pretty long time for a freelance editor and quite unfair). The final step was a video "greeting" interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your experience with ESL? How fast can you work? Can you commit to 10,000 words per month?   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (1)  

    Remote Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Scribendi.

    Interview

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME APPLYING TO THIS COMPANY!!! Like many others have said here, they will send you three essays that are almost entirely unintelligible. I have 10 years of experience as an editor and decided I would apply to this company to earn some side cash. I stupidly ignored the other reviews here and decided to give the mock edits a crack. Unfortunately the prompts were written as if the author typed it in their native language and translated it through google translate to English. An absolute joke.

    I spent 7+ hours editing this document only to receive a rejection 30 minutes later. This company completely wastes your valuable time and doesn't even have the decency to have a human email you a rejection. You may be thinking that these are just one-off experiences, but that is highly unlikely, LOOK AT ALL OF THE REVIEWS HERE. Save your time. Don't play into this company's absurd practice of wasting your time with a tedious editing assignment. Scribendi, if you ever read this, shame on you. Have some more respect for the people who are applying to work for you.

    Interview Questions

    • Edit this annoying document for us please   1 Answer

  5. Helpful (5)  

    Editor - Remote Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Scribendi (Sydney) in February 2017.

    Interview

    I first took a short grammar quiz. This should have been my first clue. Then was asked to do a ridiculous ' mock assignment' with little to no instruction. It took more than the three hours they said it would. Poorly designed. I shouldn't have done it. More's the fool me! Don't bother with this.

    Interview Questions

    • None. All communication was anonymous - signed "Human Resources"   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (3)  

    Remote Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chatham, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Scribendi (Chatham, ON (Canada)) in January 2017.

    Interview

    I applied and was sent a mock assignment to edit. They emailed me afterwards saying there were "too many errors" left in my finished version, but they couldn't indicate what any of those errors were.

    Interview Questions

    • There weren't interview questions as such; I was simply sent an assignment of four essays to edit. The assignments were in such poor English that it was difficult to ascertain their meaning.   Answer Question

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    Remote Editor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Petawawa, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Scribendi (Petawawa, ON (Canada)) in August 2015.

    Interview

    I completed a quick test online, and then they sent me a longer test to do, which I had 24 hours to complete. Based on the results of that test, I was offered a position.

    Interview Questions

  8. Helpful (7)  

    Remote Editor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Scribendi in March 2014.

    Interview

    I had to complete a test they sent out. It was a demanding proofreading and editing test consisting of several texts from different genres. If you think these are hard just to filter out editors and that the "real" work will be easy, think again. Most of the orders you'll be doing are ESL, which wouldn't be so bad if you were actually paid fairly for what you do. Don't work here if you want to earn a normal wage. What they pay you is an utter joke and, frankly, brings the whole industry down. The clearly management-orchestrated positive reviews that have been put on this site recently are laughable.

    Interview Questions

    • It was an online proofreading and editing test; there were no questions.   1 Answer

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