This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:
√ Public Library
Title: Library Branch Manager
Titles hired include: Library Assistant, Library Services Supervisor, and Library Information Services Specialist.
Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:
√ Library Administration
√ The position’s supervisor
Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?
√ Online application
√ Supplemental Questions
√ Written Exam
Does your organization use automated application screening?
√ Other: Not sure
Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:
Receive and review applications, conduct interview and make selection.
Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?
Even though the position is mostly a paraprofessional, the amount of experience in a library setting was very good such as working at a bookstore, volunteer at a library and/or past public library experience.
Do you have any instant dealbreakers?
If the person does not show much interest in the interview and or is expecting to be selected because of a family member working with our organization.
What do you wish you could know about candidates that isn’t generally revealed in the hiring process?
How many pages should each of these documents be?
Cover Letter: √ Only One!
Resume: √ Two is ok, but no more
CV: √ We don’t ask for this
What is the most common mistake that people make in an interview?
Do you conduct virtual interviews? What do job hunters need to know about shining in this setting?
This year alone we have conducted virtual interviews.
When does your organization *first* mention salary information?
√ It’s part of the job ad
What does your organization do to reduce bias in hiring? What are the contexts in which discrimination still exists in this process?
In the many years that I have interviewed and selected a new employee, I tend to select on the person’s attitude, staying on point to the questions asked, experience.
What questions should candidates ask you? What is important for them to know about your organization and the position you are hiring for?
Dress code and possibilities for promotion.
What part of the world are you in?
√ Southwestern US
What’s your region like?
Is your workplace remote/virtual?
√ Never or not anymore
How many staff members are at your organization?
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