Talk to everyone! You never know who will hear of a job.

Alberto-FeioThis anonymous interview is with a School Librarian who has been a member of a hiring committee at a library with 0-10 people.
What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

Flexibility and team loyalty
Wide knowledge, esp re literature and technology
A warm and welcoming manner

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

Any hint of “it’s not my job”
no interest in professional development or technology skills
disdain for customers (= students and faculty)

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

I don’t see them – I’m usually part of a hiring team.

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

any evidence of intellectual curiosity or networking savvy!

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ Only one!

How many pages should a resume/CV be?

√ Only one!

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?

Show willingness to do ANYTHING required of you and a desire to learn and improve.

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

Dressing inappropriately! I’m not kidding – sloppy, too much cleavage, dressing like it’s a date!

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

Fewer openings, more stress on tech skills, especially social networking. Also we are lucky to have very little filtering.

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

Talk to everyone! You never know who will hear of a job.

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