What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?
1. past experience in a library
2. MLS or equivalent
3. past experience with specialty software or department (depending on job opening)
Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?
1. no experience in a library
2. no MLS or equivalent
3. no experience with specialty software or department
What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?
1. statements of being the perfect candidate and yet they have none of the required skills
2. indicating classes taken to substitute for experience
Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
Many times they may have had experience with some type of software that they did not include.
Other times they did not include customer service experiences (outside of the library) which could help their case if they have only miniscule amounts of library experience.
How many pages should a cover letter be?
√ Only one!
How many pages should a resume/CV be?
√ Two is ok, but no more
Do you have a preferred format for application documents?
√ No preference, as long as I can open it
Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?
√ I don’t care
If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?
√ As an attachment only
What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?
Eye contact and answering the questions directly in a friendly, open manner.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?
Not coming prepared, not giving eye contact with the questioner.
How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?
We’ve indicated more required skills in our job descriptions to eliminate the 100s of submitted candidates.
Anything else you’d like to let job-seekers know?
You need experience!!! Just because you graduated from an MLS program does NOT mean you are qualified! I would prefer hiring a 2 years experienced paraprofessional with 1 semester left of his/her program, over an MLS graduate with a 1 semester internship.
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