This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:
√ Public Library
Title: Library Director
Titles hired include: Circ specialist, programming specialist, circ aide, assistant director
Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:
√ Library Administration
Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?
√ Cover letter
√ Supplemental Questions
√ Oral Exam/Structured interview
Does your organization use automated application screening?
Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:
I do all hiring. 7 staff members. Only hire when necessary. Put in paper and online.
Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?
Buy in and customer service experience.
Do you have any instant dealbreakers?
Nothing really, just the obvious like racism, sexism, etc.
What do you wish you could know about candidates that isn’t generally revealed in the hiring process?
None. I ask everything I want to know 🙂
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?
“I love books!”. Libraries are so much more than just books!
Do you conduct virtual interviews? What do job hunters need to know about shining in this setting?
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?
Not happened to me yet.
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?
We are a small, rural library. We take what we can get!
What questions should candidates ask you? What is important for them to know about your organization and the position you are hiring for?
Anything they need to know. I want employees to feel comfortable and supported.
What part of the world are you in?
√ Midwestern 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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