This 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 Six months to a year. This person is looking in Public libraries, at the following levels: Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory. This job hunter is in a city/town: in the Western US, and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Full-time employment/good pay
Focus on Adult Services
Positive work environment
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Think Tank
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
The time varies depending on the required supplemental questions. It could be anywhere from half-day to 2 days. I have various cover letters I tweak, and I update or change my resume. It is the supplemental questions that take the most time for me.
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
√ 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)?
√ Tour of facility
√ 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?
I think that some job postings need to be clearer about what is wanted, and the supplemental questions need to be better targeted to the job that is being filled.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Recently I applied for a job and in the posting was the schedule for the rest of the process. It stated when they would review applications by, when interviews would start, and when they thought someone would be hired. This was so nice.
I always appreciate when I get feed back from a potential employer who opted not to hire me. I think this is important and I wish all employers provided some sort of follow up.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Honestly, sometimes I think it is just a crap shoot. I believe that it is important to overdress. I always wear a suit, no matter what the temperature is (it gets hot here), or what the org culture is. I prepare and review as much information about the organization as I can. I recently applied for a job and contacted a current employee of that organization that I work with. It is always better to be over prepared then under prepared.
For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.
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