This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:
Title: Archives assistant
Titles hired include: Graduate research assistants and interns, but we did just hire a third full time person
Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:
√ The position’s supervisor
√ Other: Director
Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?
√ Online application
√ Cover letter
Does your organization use automated application screening?
Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:
They apply and we go through the resumes, once we go through the resumes the director will call them in for an interview and we interview them
Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?
They had a lot of good experience and a great personality
Do you have any instant dealbreakers?
The biggest thing for us is qualifications and personality. They have to be able to work with the public as well as being able to work on collections
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
What is the most common mistake that people make in an interview?
For us, it’s not showing ambition
Do you conduct virtual interviews? What do job hunters need to know about shining in this setting?
We have not
When does your organization *first* mention salary information?
√ It’s part of the job ad
What part of the world are you in?
√ Southeastern 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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