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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic, public, and school libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, Senior Librarian..
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move to certain areas.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Interesting challenge; reasonable compensation.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, INALJ, professional lists, LinkedIn, search agencies
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 search the company’s website, craft a cover letter to fit the company *and* the job, perhaps tweak my resume. It takes anywhere from 10 min to 40 min.
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?
√ Other: Phone for good news, email for bad news (including “thank you for sending the resume”)
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
√ Being able to present
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Be open about the challenges of the job, whether or not they are willing to change, and whether this is truly an open search (don’t talk to people that need to relocate if you’re not willing to entertain that, for example).
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Treat candidates the way they’d want to be treated. One place had me come in for a 10am interview, then after told me to go away until 2:30!!
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Right place, right qualifications, right salary, right time.
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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!