This interview is with someone who hires for a:
√ Public Library
Title: Public Library Reference manager
Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:
HR screens candidates and does a first round interview. Next a panel including the potential supervisor interviews the candidate. Sometimes the candidate is recommended for another position, then they’ll have another panel interview.
Titles hired: Reference Associate
Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:
√ Library Administration
√ The position’s supervisor
√ A Committee or panel
Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?
√ Online application
√ Cover letter
√ Proof of degree
√ More than one round of interviews
Does your organization use automated application screening?
√ Other: Unsure
Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?
They had a good attitude about library service.
Do you have any instant dealbreakers?
No customer service experience. Talking badly about underprivileged people.
How many pages should each of these documents be?
Cover Letter: √ Two is ok, but no more
Resume: √ As many as it takes, but keep it reasonable and relevant
CV: √ We don’t ask for this
What is the most common mistake that people make in an interview?
Acting disinterested, not asking good questions
Do you conduct virtual interviews? What do job hunters need to know about shining in this setting?
I have not
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?
Customer service experience like bartending or barista will always impress me.
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 are the patrons like.
What part of the world are you in?
√ Midwestern US
What’s your region like?
Is your workplace remote/virtual?
√ Some of the time and/or in some positions
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?
Feel free to take notes in the interview and ask to repeat or go back to other questions if you need more time.