Less-competent human resources department, which means our department needs to take more initiative in advertising postings

Australian Institute of Librarians' inaugural meeting at Canberra, August 20, 1937. Photographer A. Collingridge, CanberraThis anonymous interview is with an Academic 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?

people skills, technology skills, intelligence

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

sloppy application, hostility toward patrons

Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?

links to personal websites/blogs

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ Only one!

How many pages should a resume/CV be?

√ As many as it takes, but keep it short and sweet

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

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 friendly

What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?

Be socially inept, show hostility toward people, be arrogant

How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?

More regimented, with human resources representative at interview, restrictive rules on what we should look at. Insistence upon asking exact same questions of every interviewee. Less-competent human resources department, which means our department needs to take more initiative in advertising postings.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under 10-50 staff members, Academic, Original Survey

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s