be yourself, relax, and tell stories that show how you have addressed the question

AIRMAN 1ST Class Dijon Washington, data base tape librarian, sorts through computer tapes, 7/12/1987. National Archives.

This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:

√ Academic Library 

Title: Associate University Librarian for Research & Engagement

Titles hired include: Reference & Instruction Librarian, STEM Librarian

Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:

√ Library Administration 

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

√ Online application

√ Cover letter

√ Resume

√ CV

√ References

√ Proof of degree 

√ Demonstration (teaching, storytime, etc)

√ More than one round of interviews

√ A whole day of interviews

√ A meal with hiring personnel 

Does your organization use automated application screening? 

√ No 

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

Clear and concisely addressed the job description without padding or fluff

How many pages should each of these documents be?

Cover Letter: √ Only One!  

Resume: √ Two is ok, but no more 

CV: √ As many as it takes, but keep it reasonable and relevant  

Do you conduct virtual interviews? What do job hunters need to know about shining in this setting?

yes–be yourself, relax, and tell stories that show how you have addressed the question 

When does your organization *first* mention salary information?

√ We only discuss after we’ve made an offer  

Additional Demographics

What part of the world are you in?

√ Northeastern US 

What’s your region like?

√ Urban 

Is your workplace remote/virtual?

√ Some of the time and/or in some positions 

How many staff members are at your organization?

√ 11-50 

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