This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for six months to a year. This person is looking in Special libraries, at the following levels: Senior Librarian and Branch Manager. This job hunter is in a rural area in the Midwestern US, and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1. Great co-workers
2. A sense of action–the library is progressive and moving forward through programming, community involvement, technology.
3. Good salary – a librarian has to live.
Where do you look for open positions?
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
It depends upon the level of position I am applying for. It also depends upon whether I am filling out an application on paper or online. Overall it can be from 20 to 40 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 acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ 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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Hire people that have the best skill matches. Also hire those that are friendly and willing to learn if they don’t know how to do something.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Acknowledge the applicant through at least a couple of stages of the process. Let them know if they are moving on in the process or if they have been eliminated. But also, give them some clue as to what might have put them out of the running other than “oh, you are just not the right applicant, blah, blah, blah.”
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
A great in-person interview as well as good supporting materials ( resume, cover letter, and skills to match the job getting done).
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job - Do you need one? Check it out!