What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?
1. Relevant experience
2. Personality, seems to fit well with the culture of our organization
3. Demonstrated commitment to the profession
Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?
Typos, misspellings, generic application packet, crying during interview, TMI moments, not listening, doesn’t follow instructions for application process.
What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?
Dear sirs… seriously?! At LEAST say dear sir or madam, but preferably look up the name of the hiring manager/search committee chair/personnel librarian!
Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
Quantify work you’ve done, where possible.
How many pages should a cover letter be?
√ As many as it takes, but shorter is better
How many pages should a resume/CV be?
√ As many as it takes, but keep it short and sweet
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?
√ As an attachment only
What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?
Show genuine interest in the job, ask good questions. Show your personality.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?
Not asking questions of the committee or other staff. Not being well prepared. Freezing up and not recovering. Taking yourself too seriously! Lighten up!
How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?
Anything else you’d like to let job-seekers know?
Please show me you actually want to work in our profession, especially if it is an entry level professional position you are applying for. This means membership in professional societies, service to profession, etc.