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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: Entry level , Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory. This job hunter is in a city/town in the Southern US, and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
location; duties; requirements
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA; professional listservs; indeed.com; inalj
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?
I’ll spend a week on an application. I review the job description carefully and rewrite my resume and cover letter to highlight my qualifications as related to the open position.
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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Keep positions open for at least a month; Write job description carefully
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Move as swiftly as possible once interviewing starts; keep lines of communication open; be transparent; somehow alert candidates if the job isn’t really “open” [already have someone in mind] — then write job description/qualifications to reflect that
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Previous experience; interviewing skills; knowing the right people
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!