No T-shirts, unless you’re wearing a blazer over it

Condiment Stand in Center MarketThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager. 

This librarian works at a library with 200+ staff members in a suburban area in the Western US.

Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?

√ 25-75

Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?

√ 25% or less

What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?

Doesn’t meet the MQ

Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?

√ Other: If requested, personally I’m happy to

I want to hire someone who is

self aware

How many staff members are at your library/organization?

√ 200+

How many permanent, full time librarian (or other professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?

√ 7 or more

Do you have any other comments, for job hunters or about the survey?

Job seekers:
-Dress professionally for the interview (No T-shirts, unless you’re wearing a blazer over it)
-Brush up on customer service philosophy – I want someone who can think for themselves, won’t rigidly adhere to policy if the situation warrants a diff solution

Do you hire librarians?  Take this survey: or take other Hiring Librarians surveys.

For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.


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Filed under 200+ staff members, Public, State of the Job Market 2015, Suburban area, Western US

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