This anonymous interview is with a librarian who has been a hiring manager at a special library with 0-10 staff members.
What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?
Willingness to learn
Current with latest ideas and technologies
Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?
Spelling errors / poor formatting in the application.
Obviously generic submissions.
No research done on the company and what the job might entail.
Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
Link to their personal website or to their LinkedIn profile. We will look for these so it is best to make sure we find the right one!
How many pages should a cover letter be?
√ Only one!
How many pages should a resume/CV be?
√ Two is ok, but no more
Do you have a preferred format for application documents?
Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?
√ I don’t care
If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?
√ Both as an attachment and in the body of the email
What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?
Have done research into our company
2 responses to “Link to Personal Website or LinkedIn – We Will Look for These So it is Best to Make Sure We Find the Right One”
“Link to their personal website or to their LinkedIn profile. We will look for these so it is best to make sure we find the right one!”
This comment does not sit well with me. I do not mind providing a link to my Linkedin; after all, that is what it is for. But it should not be held against me if they go looking for me on Facebook and find someone else with the same name who has bad things on their page. In fact, they will not find me on Facebook at all — not because my account is hidden, but because it does not exist. That should not be a potential disadvantage to my application.
I did Google myself and found a FB profile for a Chris Eaker whose picture is less than professional. As a followup to my previous comment…what do you think would be the best way to avoid the scenario you outlined? Since I don’t have Facebook or Myspace, but do have Linkedin, should I simply link to Linkedin? Should I say something to effect of I don’t have FB or Myspace, so don’t bother looking? I want to steer them to the correct information and away from the incorrect information.