Indicate If There Is a Favorite Son/Internal Candidate That They Are Writing the Position for

Rockaway Hunt Club Meet LOCThis 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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in Academic libraries and Special libraries, at the following levels: Entry level. Here is how this person describes his or her experience with internships/volunteering:

summer shelving; summer collection management; starting catalog for community library on LibraryThing

This job hunter is in suburban area,in the Midwestern US and is willing to move to a cooler part of the midwest.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Geography (upper Midwest and surrounding areas)

Type of library work (technical services)

Type of library (academic)

Where do you look for open positions?

RSS feeds of major joblists — ALA, CARLI, RAILS, Iowa StLib, MSP Metronet, IU-Bloomington,

Pages with several listings

University/UL HR pages

Autocat, ACL listservs

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

No (even if I might think it *should* be)

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Find and read the announcement

Research the area

Swear at the PeopleSoft system that only does what it thinks and not what I think

Create cover letter, tweak resume

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?

To acknowledge my application
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
To follow-up after an interview
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
Being able to present

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

advertise in several places

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Indicate if there is a favorite son/internal candidate that they are writing the position for

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I don’t know… I don’t seem to have it

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!


Filed under Academic, Job hunter's survey, Midwestern US, Special, Suburban area

2 responses to “Indicate If There Is a Favorite Son/Internal Candidate That They Are Writing the Position for

  1. LisaILJ

    “Indicate if there is a favorite son/internal candidate that they are writing the position for”
    I don’t know if that’s actually legal to indicate that. They can say there is a strong internal candidate, but they can’t admit that the position was written for someone. It’s up to the potential employee to determine if it was written for someone. A good tell is if there are some odd requirements or very specific requirements that can only be gained by someone who they want to give the job to.

  2. NS

    Sometimes when competing against an internal candidate, I feel the best I could hope for is giving that candidate a run for his/her money.

    I did forget to add the “swear at the application system” to my survey when I answered it.

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