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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory.
This job hunter is in an city/town in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
To be challenged, room for growth and generally just a change of scenery.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA joblist, libgigs and HigherEdJobs
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’m in digital librarianship, and I have a very polished cover letter that has been appropriate for several jobs.. it has gotten me 3 phone interviews so far. On top of fixing the cover letter a little bit, the time to apply is pretty minimal. Probably about an hour give or take.. much longer if I need to write a new cover letter.
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?
I think they need to be a little more conservative when it comes to listing desired qualifications. I think they oftentimes scare off potentially great candidates by asking for too much.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Ugh, I expect it to be unpleasant, but I think where I have really had problems is recently comes down to references. I had two interviews that went really well and in both instances my references were called, I was given false hope and then not hired. There weren’t any problems with what my references said… just bizarre hiring practices that seem to give little respect to the time of others and the uncomfortable situations created by calling current employers without a firm job offer.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Luck.. plain and simple.
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