/ Asked by Amanda
When employers ask for a writing sample, what exactly are they looking for? Are there certain types of writing that would be more useful for them than others (i.e. research reports, creative writing, articles I wrote for the school newspaper)? 
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Friday, June 8, 2018
There's no standard, as you suggest, good writing can take many forms.  Best thing to do is ask if the employer has a preference.  If they don't, don't necessarily provide what you think might be your 'best' writing...if your best writing sample is a creative piece and you are being considered for a technical writing position, it doesn't necessarily sync.  Provide the best piece of writing that is most relevant to the position you are being considered for and don't lock yourself into something you've already completed.  For example, if you are considering a creative role, an original piece, just wrote, that highlights something about your potential employer/position/industry etc,, may be just the thing.
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, on Thursday, August 2, 2018
Keep in mind the role you are applying for. It is best to use a writing sample that is related to the industry or job function requesting it. If the job description highlights skills such as creatively, problem solving, critical thinking, etc., you want to use your writing sample as a vehicle to promote those qualities. The writing sample should also be authentic. It is another way for employers to get a chance to get to know you. Be sure you use something recent, your writing sample shouldn’t have dated information.

Good luck!
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