Don’t Cross Your Arms and Show Closed Body Language

Éva Circé-Côté, also known as Ève Circé-Côté (born in 1871 in Montreal - died in 1949) was a journalist, a playwright, and a Quebecoise librarianThis anonymous interview is with someone who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a Special Library with 0-10 staff members.  When asked if s/he was a librarian, this person chose “it’s complicated.”

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

Technology skills

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

Personality – Library work is about building relationships.  As an employer the most important thing to me is “”fit””.  In our corporate library, I need to see a candidates soft skills and visualize how they would fit into our group – not the other library staff, but the closed client group that makes up our organization.

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

I rarely interview people who send their resume electronically and can’t format a word document; understand that there is metadata and their resume should be pdf.

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

People should include some evidence that they have researched the company and its leaders.

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?

√ .pdf

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

√ I don’t care

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?

Personality.  I hope that candidates show that they can be outgoing, interested, and engaged.
Don’t cross your arms and show closed body language.

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

Not asking lots of questions.

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

It hasn’t.

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

Don’t worry about experience; follow up with phone calls if you haven’t heard from us; smile.


Filed under 0-10 staff members, Original Survey, Special

3 responses to “Don’t Cross Your Arms and Show Closed Body Language

  1. Cris

    I hope this person states very clearly in the job ad that they want PDFs. As an applicant, I don’t know the inner workings of their HR database system: some places capture stuff from Word docs. Some don’t. I won’t know unless I’m told the preferences.

  2. Arthur LaRue

    Experience – this person lists it as a top thing that they look for, yet in closing they say “Don’t worry about experience” — which is it? [It might be useful if the interviewer looked for inconsistencies such as this and asked a clarifying question.]

    • Unfortunately if the review is anonymous I have no way of contacting the person. Only people who want to be featured leave email addresses.
      This is why I urge readers to consider the reviews as an aggregate, rather than as specific directives.

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