This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in academic, public and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level and requiring at least two years of experience. This new grad/entry level applicant has the following internship/volunteering experience:
Interned at the library of a small/medium university in metro-Atlanta. The three months was split between marketing projects and reference; I used those and any available opportunities to ask questions to learn as much as possible about the library, how and why things were done the way they were, etc.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Southern US, and is willing to move:
Yes, to certain areas — Pacific NW, Western NC, possibly other places.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1. To enjoy the people, environment and the work itself (great environment, happy coworkers, great leadership).
2. To learn something new whenever possible
3. A place where I can make an impact – to be useful to staff and customers alike.
Where do you look for open positions?
the standard boards
state library association websites
alumni boards (Univ. of Alabama)
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Just beginning this process. Expect to have:
- a resume
- a (brief for now) electronically based portfolio (link to libguides, papers, etc. I did in school)
- letters of reference or contact info for these
Will have more as things progress.
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
√ 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?
√ Other: All of the above
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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Provide enough detail in the original posting; if space limitations, provide a link or information as to to where additional facts/information can be obtained. The process is lengthy for both parties so having enough info at the beginning saves everyone from wasting their time.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Right place, right attitude, right combination of skills, personality, “fit to the workplace/job” and the ability to convey all this succinctly to the hiring committee/manager.
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