This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 50-100 staff members.
What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?
a history of steady employment and/or school
Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?
Spelling errors, poor formatting (indicates either weak tech skills or that they don’t care about the job)
What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?
Having an Objective–particularly a generic one–on your resume is pretty useless; use that space for something valuable.
Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
A submitted resume ought to be customized enough that it responds point-by-point to the stated requirements from the job announcement.
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?
Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?
If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?
√ I don’t care
What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?
Be smart. Know a bit about the library. Be willing to say “I don’t know, but this is how I’d find out,” instead of making up a lame answer.
How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?
It’s slowed down a great deal. We used to do a lot more of it.