Do They Seem Like They Will Put Effort into the Job?

Work with schools : After a book talk, NYPL ca. 192-This interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 10-50 staff members.



What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

1. Will the person fit in at our library
2. Does the person have the right skill set
3. Do they seem like they will put effort into the job (usually judged by how much effort they put into the cover letter, resume and their appearance and manner during the interview.)

Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?

Not really, but I really hate resumes that start with a) a goal b) a long list of skills and not the job experience (show the skills in your job experience) and c) resumes with long blocks of solid text.

What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?

People who don’t pay attention to the requirements, e.g. no MLS or equivalent for a MLS job

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ Two is ok, but no more

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?

√ .pdf

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

√ No

If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?

√ I don’t care

What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?

Be personable and eager.

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