Thoroughly and Thoughtfully Answer Questions

John Cotton Dana, ca. 1910-1915

This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee.  This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members.

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

Education level. Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter. Library experience.

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

Misspelling; poor grammar. Candidate qualifications obviously don’t match stated requirements. Unexplained gaps in employment record, unexplained short job durations. Unkempt appearance.

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?

√ No preference, as long as I can open it

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

√ I don’t care

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

Thoroughly and thoughtfully answer questions.

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

Don’t leave obvious questions I’ll draw from anomalies (unexplained gaps in work record, why candidate is applying for a job for which they are obviously under/overqualified) in their resume.

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