Find something you genuinely want to know and ask that, it’s very obvious if you don’t actually care about the answer

Librarian in the National Archives Library, 1955, National Archives

This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:

√ Academic Library 

Title: University Librarian

Titles hired include: Library Assistant

Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:

√ Library Administration

√ The position’s supervisor

√ A Committee or panel 

Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?

√ Cover letter

√ Resume

√ CV

√ References

√ Proof of degree 

Does your organization use automated application screening? 

√ No 

Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:

Application then interview. At higher level we have presentations and tests 

Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?

Was very relaxed in the interview and talked like they were actually answering the questions not just saying what they thought we wanted to hear

Do you have any instant dealbreakers?

Not answering the actual question. Anything that shows they don’t understand what the job is

How many pages should each of these documents be?

Cover Letter: √ Two is ok, but no more  

Resume: √ Two is ok, but no more

CV: √ Two is ok, but no more

What is the most common mistake that people make in an interview?

Talking for ages about something we didn’t ask. Not giving examples

How can candidates looking to transition from paraprofessional work, from non-library work, or between library types convince you that their experience is relevant? Or do you have other advice for folks in this kind of situation?

Find ways of adapting other experience and making it applicable to the new role

When does your organization *first* mention salary information?

√ It’s part of the job ad

What questions should candidates ask you? What is important for them to know about your organization and the position you are hiring for?

Find something you genuinely want to know and ask that, it’s very obvious if you don’t actually care about the answer

Additional Demographics

What part of the world are you in?

√ UK 

What’s your region like?

√ Urban 

Is your workplace remote/virtual?

√ Never or not anymore 

How many staff members are at your organization?

√ 0-10 

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