Lighten Up!

Librarian of Congress George Watterson ca 1807 and 1815This anonymous interview is with a librarian who has been a member of a hiring committee for an archives at an institution with 100-200 staff members.

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

1. Relevant experience
2. Personality, seems to fit well with the culture of our organization
3. Demonstrated commitment to the profession

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

Typos, misspellings, generic application packet, crying during interview, TMI moments, not listening, doesn’t follow instructions for application process.

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

Dear sirs… seriously?!  At LEAST say dear sir or madam, but preferably look up the name of the hiring manager/search committee chair/personnel librarian!

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

Quantify work you’ve done, where possible.

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ As many as it takes, but shorter is better

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?

√ No

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?

Show genuine interest in the job, ask good questions.  Show your personality.

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

Not asking questions of the committee or other staff.  Not being well prepared.  Freezing up and not recovering.  Taking yourself too seriously!  Lighten up!

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?

Please show me you actually want to work in our profession, especially if it is an entry level professional position you are applying for.  This means membership in professional societies, service to profession, etc.


1 Comment

Filed under 100-200 staff members, Archives, Original Survey

One response to “Lighten Up!

  1. I really like that the librarian noted that you should join professional societies to add value to your industry. I think they’re pivotal to growing a professional career.

    Warm regards,

    Barry Johnson

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