Stats and Graphs: We Live in Public

Here are the stats and graphs for our first 36 responses from public librarians. I am very grateful to those hiring managers, etc. who have responded! If you would like to help build a more detailed picture of what hiring managers are really looking for, please go to


As many as it takes, but shorter is better 3 8.3%
Only one! 28 77.8%
Two is ok, but no more 5 13.9%

As many as it takes, but keep it short and sweet 14 38.9%
As many as it takes, I want to look at every accomplishment 2 5.6%
Other 2 5.6%
Only one! 2 5.6%
Two is ok, but no more 16 44.4%

.doc 1 2.8%
.docx 1 2.8%
.pdf 9 25.0%
No preference, as long as I can open it 25 69.4%

I don’t care 10 27.8%
No 19 52.8%
Other 4 11.1%
Yes 3 8.3%

As an attachment only 10 27.8%
Other 2 5.6%
Both as an attachment and in the body of the email 6 16.7%
I don’t care 17 47.2%
In the body of the email only 1 2.8%


0-10 5 13.9%
10-50 11 30.6%
50-100 6 16.7%
100-200 7 19.4%
200+ 7 19.4%

No 2 5.6%
Yes 34 94.4%

a hiring manager (you are hiring people that you will directly or indirectly supervise) 35 97.2%
a member of a hiring committee , 27 75.0%
human resources 4 11.1%
Other (all wrote in Director) 3 8.3%

*Respondents could pick more than one option, so numbers add up to more than 36.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have you noticed any interesting commonalities among the longer interviews? Is there advice you agree or disagree with? Did anything particularly surprise you? Are there questions you’d like to see added to the survey? Please leave a comment.

And thank you for reading!


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3 responses to “Stats and Graphs: We Live in Public

  1. warmaiden

    Under “preferred format for application documents,” the option of “No preference as long as i can open it” does not make much sense, since applicants won’t know what software packages you have and what files you can and can’t open. That option does not seem particularly helpful.

  2. Yes, I probably shouldn’t have added that caveat to the no preference option…poor survey creation on my part!

    • warmaiden

      I know what you meant, though – maybe an “other” option where the folks filling out the survey can enter free-text the program they use?

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