Be prepared for the common interview questions with STAR/SOAR stories about past jobs or experiences.

President Roosevelt is now hunting in the Louisiana canebrakes. (LOC)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 months This person is looking in library vendors/service providers at the following levels: supervisory, department head, or senior librarian.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

1) interesting, challenging work
2) good working conditions and colleagues
3) salary

Where do you look for open positions?

1) networking
2) individual company sites
3) recruiters
4) SLA job lists
5) 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?

I rarely customize my resume. I do prepare a unique cover letter.

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?

√ Email

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

√ 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?

Do not over exaggerate the requirements for the position. Be honest about what the real requirements are. Put your ʺwish listʺ in a separate section like ʺpreferred qualificationsʺ.

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

1) Make sure that everyone who is part of the interviewing process has reviewed the candidate’s resume.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

1) Be positive! Keep your negative feeling about previous jobs and reservations about job search to yourself during interactions with potential employers.
2) Be prepared for the common interview questions with STAR/SOAR stories about past jobs or experiences.
3) Think before you speak and stop talking when you have answered the question. Abraham Lincoln once said: ʺBetter to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.ʺ

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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