This anonymous interview is with a librarian who works at a public library with more than 200 staff members. This librarian has been a hiring manager, a member of a hiring committee, and a human resources professional.
What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?
Can you do the job (experience, skills)?
Will you love the job (motivation, commitment, experience)?
Can we work with you (professionalism, personality, institutional culture, experience)?
Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?
Failing to read the application and follow directions is a dealbreaker. Unprofessional behavior in the interview or hiring process is a dealbreaker.
Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
Leaving management, technical, and customer service experience outside of libraries off your resume is a mistake.
How many pages should a cover letter be?
√ Only one!
How many pages should a resume/CV be?
√ Only one!
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?
√ As an attachment only
What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?
Be prepared. Demonstrate that you’ve thought about our library and how you can contribute to our mission. Ask questions.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?
This may seem obvious but interviewers do not want to hear about how badly you need a job; your personal situation is not a relevant criteria for a hiring decision.
Anything else you’d like to let job-seekers know?
Get some library/archives experience before completing your MLS.