This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:
√ Public Library
Title: Library Services Supervisor
Titles hired include: Librarian I-III, Library Assistant
Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:
√ Library Administration
√ A Committee or panel
Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?
√ Online application
√ Proof of degree
√ Oral Exam/Structured interview
√ Demonstration (teaching, storytime, etc)
Does your organization use automated application screening?
Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:
Review applications, select candidates for interviews, conduct interviews, rate candidates, make hiring decision, notify candidates.
Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?
Positive energy, evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, competent about programs and services. Smile, eye contact.
Do you have any instant dealbreakers?
Negativity or hostility. Disparaging colleagues, patrons, or negative comments about people with mental illness or experiencing homelessness. Blaming others in teamwork scenarios.
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?
Not making any effort to research the organization or read and understand the job description.
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?
Evidence of professional development and training. Be able to communicate relevant experience in an interview setting, for instance, customer service in other settings is relevant in the library. Improving processes is, too. Developing programs in one setting may have similar components in planning, marketing, and implementation.
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?
What is a typical day like, what sorts of tasks would be involved, what is the schedule like, what is workplace culture. How does the position fit in the company organization chart.
What part of the world are you in?
√ Western 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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