This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months . This person is looking in academic, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, school, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level and requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in a suburban area, in the Southern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, LinkedIn
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
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
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)?
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Look at their experience.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
E-mail prospective employees.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Standing out on your CV and cover letter.
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!