This anonymous interview is with someone who hires for a:
√ Academic Library
Title: Circulation Supervisor
Titles hired include: Circulation & Reference Desk Student Worker
Who makes hiring decisions at your organization:
√ The position’s supervisor
Which of the following does your organization regularly require of candidates?
√ Other: Apply in person
Does your organization use automated application screening?
Briefly describe the hiring process at your organization and your role in it:
If we have an opening, I choose students who are available to work the hours I need filled
Think about the last candidate who really wowed you, on paper, in an interview, or otherwise. Why were they so impressive?
I had a student who was the only one in her class who showed up for in library study. I liked her honesty and approached her and asked if she wanted a job
Do you have any instant dealbreakers?
Attitude and being underdressed
What do you wish you could know about candidates that isn’t generally revealed in the hiring process?
If they can count money and knows how to think independently
How many pages should each of these documents be?
Cover Letter: √ Only One!
Resume: √ Only One!
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?
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?
It’s students. If they have work study and can read, they’re eligible for hiring
What questions should candidates ask you? What is important for them to know about your organization and the position you are hiring for?
What can get them fired
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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