Missing email!

Library Towers, National Library of Ireland, ca.1895This interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 100-200 staff members. The librarian indicated that s/he would be interested in sharing biographical or institutional information, but did not leave an email address. If this is you, let me know (hiringlibrarians AT gmail) and I can edit in some information.

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



knowledge of current trends in libraries

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

“I love books”

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

Objectives.  your objective is to get a job, we get it.

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

related experience

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ Only one!

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?

√ As an attachment only

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

Spell correctly, target your letter to the job ad requirements.  Tell me how you can contribute to my library.

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

Telling me how much you love books.  Drives me crazy.  That is naive and makes it seem like you know nothing about the profession.


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