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 six months to a year. This person is looking in academic, archives, public, special libraries,and digital asset management at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
7 relevant internships
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move but not too far.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1) To be fairly compensated
2) To not have to move far away from my family to get a job
3) Something that I am not likely to be miserable doing
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, LinkedIn, professional listservs
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Anywhere from 5-15 hours. I obsess over the details and have missed application deadlines because I was not comfortable sending in the application yet.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
√ Other: I do not think I have exaggerated, but there seem to be “read between the lines” rules that some employers make.
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?
To know if they want a computer science person or a programmer rather than a librarian.
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