Do Not Call Repeatedly Asking About an Interview.

Thomas James, LibrarianThis anonymous interview is with an Academic  Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 10-50 staff members.

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

Outgoing personality
Appropriate credentials

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

Bad grammar

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

Abbreviations with no clue about the meaning

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?

√ No

If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?

√ In the body of the email only

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

Willlingness to work nights and/or weekends if necessary

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

Inability to carry on a conversation.
Yes or no answers with no elaboration.

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

We get many more applicants.

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

Do not call repeatedly asking about an interview.

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