This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries, Archives, Library vendors/service providers, Public libraries, School libraries, and Special libraries, at the following levels: Entry level and requiring at least two years of experience. This new grad/entry level applicant describes his or her internship/volunteering experience as:
20 months of volunteer/ internship in archives and libraries
S/He is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1. Enough pay to live on as a single earner
3. Career-enhancing job duties
Where do you look for open positions?
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: No, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
√ Phone for good news, email for bad news
Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?
√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!