A Return To Hiring Librarians

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This is a general survey about how LIS workers are hired, interrogating both process and decision making. It opened in March of 2022 and as of September 2022 has gathered 184 responses.

The survey questions are listed below. Click on the question to see statistical analysis. I’m still processing this survey; some of the questions haven’t been analyzed yet and thus do not have links.

The survey is still open; anyone who has participated in hiring at least one LIS worker may take the survey by following this link.

What type of organization(s) do you hire for?

Who makes hiring decisions at your organization?

Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates? (ex: Cover letter, references, proof of degree, full day interview, demonstration)

Does your organization use automated application screening? 

Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:

Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?

Do you have any instant dealbreakers?

What do you wish you could know about candidates that isn’t generally revealed in the hiring process?

How many pages should a cover letter be?

How many pages should a resume be?

How many pages should a CV be?

What is the most common mistake that people make in an interview?

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?

When does your organization *first* mention salary information?

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?

What part of the world are you in?

What’s your region like?

Is your workplace remote/virtual?

How many staff members are at your organization?