This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), and has been looking for a new position for six months to a year. This person is looking in academic and public libraries, at the following levels: Entry level and requiring at least two years of experience. This new grad/entry level applicant has internship/volunteering experience:
2 years volunteering at 2 different school libraries
2 6-week stints student teaching in a library at the elementary and high school level
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Northeastern US, and is willing to move
but not far.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
3. Something full time!
Where do you look for open positions?
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Reading the job ad a few times, tweaking my resume, usually writing a completely new cover letter
Takes about 1-2 hours
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?
√ Tour of facility
√ Being taken out to meal
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Communication. I hate waiting months without knowing if I’m even being considered for the position.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Who you know
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!