This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:
√ Public Library
Title: Youth Services Manager
Titles hired include: Youth assistant, youth specialist
Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:
√ Employees at the position’s same level (on a panel or otherwise)
Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?
√ Cover letter
Does your organization use automated application screening?
Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:
We grid the applicants by a standard list of criteria that match the qualifications listed on the job description and bring in the top candidates to interview.
Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?
Energetic, lots of enthusiasm, organized, excellent with children and families
Do you have any instant dealbreakers?
Not enough experience and needing a schedule that does not work with our staffing needs
What do you wish you could know about candidates that isn’t generally revealed in the hiring process?
What inspires them
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?
Talking too much
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?
Relate what they have done in other industries to the library and the tasks outlined in the job description
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?
What questions should candidates ask you? What is important for them to know about your organization and the position you are hiring for?
Ask about the culture and why the last person left (if applicable)
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?
Is there anything else you’d like to say, either to job hunters or to me, the survey author?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions that address your concerns.
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