This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not 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 less than six monthsThis person is looking in academic, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is what this person said about his/her experience with internships/volunteering:
one year or less
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
opportunity for growth
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA, PaLA, LinkedIn, Indeed.com, listsrv, SLA
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
How much time do you spend on the application packet?
a couple of hours
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
√ Other: somewhat
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Not neglect candidates based on years experience
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
1 day of interviews with multiple people, instead of having to go through many rounds.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
It has been proven to me over the years that this is solely about who one knows and what connections one has to the field
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This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!