Not Being Offered a Job is Not a Personal Rejection

This anonymous interview is with a Special Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a librarian with 0-10 staff members.

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

relevant experience;

fit with existing workgroup;

capacity to do and learn position

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

very strong opinions (even if I agree with them)

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

nothing now – but ask again after my next search!

Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?


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?

√  No preference, as long as I can open it

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

√  I don’t care

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?

some one who thoughtfully, and relatively succinctly responds to the question asked – even if it means asking for clarification; demonstrating not only a real interest in our position, but also that they have prepared for this interview with some research on our organization.

What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?

don’t know if this is common, but one candidate indicated they wanted to be friends with their co-workers in such a way that I was concerned that they would be a needy employee.

How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?

adoption of a succession of position and application management systems – from central human review to PeopleSoft

Anything else you’d like to let job-seekers know?

not being offered a job is not a personal rejection – often it is a combination of hard and soft skills and that feeling of “right fit” — where the hire will be mutually successful when both parties are honest.  Thus be yourself & ask questions of the interviewer.


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One response to “Not Being Offered a Job is Not a Personal Rejection

  1. Pingback: Interview Red Flags « VICTOREE'S BLOG: No White Flag

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