Library - Columbia. ca. 1910-1915This interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a hiring manager at a library with 50-100 staff members.

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

Evidence of relevant accomplishments
Technology skills

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

A resume without a cover letter = instant dealbreaker
Not asking any questions in the interview is almost a dealbreaker

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

Experience that’s not relevant to the position
Job descriptions rather than list of accomplishments
Claims to have done things that you can’t back up in the interview

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


How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ Other: Depends on the position, but usually one

How many pages should a resume/CV be?

√ Two is ok, but no more

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?

Demonstrate knowledge of our library and why you want to work here.  Show me how your past work/education/volunteering has prepared you for this gig.  If you haven’t done what we will need you to do, show me that you can learn.

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

Don’t show enthusiasm or ask questions.

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

It’s gotten much more structured


1 Comment

Filed under 50-100 staff members, Academic, Original Survey

One response to “Successes!

  1. Cris

    Please elaborate on how I can show you that I’m capable of learning in a job interview situation. I have no idea how to demonstrate this.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s