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, and public libraries, at the entry level.
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Western US, and is willing to move , but
really looking in Northern California.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Where do you look for open positions?
UCLA’s job database
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Depends on position and what they are asking for. Sometimes I can quickly edit an existing letter and resume, other times I may take a day to complete the application process. Once in awhile, with supplemental questions I will work a little bit each day for up to 3 days.
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?
Be clear with the duties and qualifications. Also, I think experience in any type of library should be considered, not just the particular type of the hiring institution.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Communicate effectively through the whole hiring process and stick to the deadline date.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Submitting a stellar and unordinary cover letter, but I feel most the time it’s all about who you know.
Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!