I Look at and Enjoy Everything that They Include

Photograph of Archives Association Party for New Employees, Including George Allen Receiving Bowling Trophy from Dr. Wayne C. Grover as Meyer Fishbein Looks On, 1963This anonymous interview is with someone who is not a librarian.  This person works in an archives! S/he has been a hiring manager for a staff of 0-10.



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

Good communication skills
Open-mindedness
Ability to thrive without structure / create their own

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

I once had an interviewee say “I really see myself here”. Confidence is great. Bravado is a turn-off.

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

Errors. Obvious indications that you want to work in a different department but think Archives is a way in.

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

No, but I look at and enjoy everything that they include.

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ As many as it takes, I love reading

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?

√ Yes

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 me how you think. Engage everyone in the room.

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

I feel for people on the other end of the hiring process. It’s really challenging. However these are indicators of future problems:

* Answering questions in an emotional fashion.
* Showing a lack of respect for authority (if you can’t play nice in an interview, why do I want to be your boss?)
* Showing an interest in the setting, not the work

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

HR now helps more with pre-interviews but we approach the process and ask the same questions we did before.

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

I want you to succeed. In order to do that, be your best self and be self-aware.

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