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 libraries at the following levels: branch manager.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is not willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
An interesting work place
A prestigious place to work
Where do you look for open positions?
Indeed, Regional job listservs, SLA, ALA, Dice, Hound,
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?
Read qualifications/requirements for a job, tailor resume and cover letter to a particular job using some of the language in the qualifications, send. I spend between 15 mins for a job I’m not really that interested in to 3-4 hours for a job I’m really interested in.
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?
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?
Have a detailed job description, don’t throw in a lot of preferred but not mandatory requirements, not throw in job requirements in the interview that have nothing to do with your career
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Not have a application process that takes forever and asks you to basically replicate your entire resume one fact at a time. That is SO annoying. If you’re not going to look at one of them, make it clear which one you should spend more time on.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Just keep applying. If you think, “this place will never hire me,” so you don’t apply, they won’t. Sometimes it’s just the right place at the right time. That is the only thing that really matters. You could be the best candidate, the best dressed, the most professional, but if your interviewer is in a bad mood or doesn’t like your sense of humor, none of that matters. I mean, you still have to try your best, I’m not saying go in for an interview in jeans with a bad attitude, but I have worked in enough places in my life to understand that sometimes total idiots get hired and there is never a good reason.
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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!