This anonymous interview is with someone who answered “It’s complicated” to the “Are you a librarian?” question. S/he has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a Special Library with o-10 staff members.
What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?
Flexibility in multidisciplinary thinking in a strategic and timely manner.
Thinks and expresses themselves in both visionary as well as zooming in on right details –quickly.
Inherent problem-solver and knows when a technology solution is the right answer …or not.
[What else do you look for]?
Neat resume with relevant work highlighted for skills. Presents themselves at interview in a self-effacing, yet confident manner and demonstrates agile mind. Client-focused, resourceful and conscientious at the right level without getting lost in detail.
What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?
Saying the same thing in resume.
Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
1-2 sentences that provide reasons why they are the right candidate.
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?
√ No preference, as long as I can open it
Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?
√ Other: Summary statement of expertise
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?
Patience, agile and responsive thinker and good communicator.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?
[Not?] Researching the firm in advance. Yes, I’ve had this happen to me for librarian candidates!
How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?
Use of online submissions.
Anything else you’d like to let job-seekers know?
Tell what else you want to know about the firm. What do you want to learn from the job.
I forgot to add, desired qualifications/skills:
Group instruction for adult learners
Project management –how to charter, plan, risk mitigation, defining SMEs, project control/monitoring techniques, determining deliverables.