What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?
Critical thinking skills
Ability to learn
Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?
Applicants who do not meet minimum qualifications
Applicants who do not know anything about the library to which they are applying (haven’t even visited web site)
Don’t send more information that what is requested, we don’t need to be overwhelmed with paperwork.
What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?
Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
Non library experience, if someone works at McDonalds it says that they can do customer service and multitask
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?
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?
Ask questions that indicate you want to know how things work here and how you can contribute.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?
They don’t know anything about the Library or institution. If at all possible, get the lay of the land the night before. Dig into the parent institution web site.
Has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?
Anything else you’d like to let job-seekers know?
The cover letter is the most important document. It may be the only thing I read. It should bridge the gap between the resume and the job you’re applying to. For example, I see that you have a Facebook page, my undergraduate major was in communications and I was the editor of my club newsletter.