It would be nice if interviewers would stop asking that question about our biggest strengths and weaknesses

PhC42.Bx17.Hunting.F12-2This 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 less than six months. This person is looking in archives, academic, public, school, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, senior librarian, and branch manager.

This job hunter is in a city/town in the Western US and is not willing to move.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

My ideal job would be enjoyable, to be reasonably secure, and give me freedom to try new things.

Where do you look for open positions?

I check the county, state and federal job openings, am on several listervs, and get e-mail notifications from a few University systems.

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 don’t really have a routine, since each application seems to have its own special set of required documents. I do keep digital copies of a stock resume, cover letter, transcripts, and letters from past employers on hand, and then modify things as necessary.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

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
√ 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

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Advertise widely, and pay as well as possible.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Streamline! And give people a reasonable amount of time (at least two weeks) to submit applications. Also, it would be nice if interviewers would stop asking that question about our biggest strengths and weaknesses.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

If there is one I’d like to know it!

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey!

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

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