This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries for positions at the entry level and requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I volunteered for a prestigious library in the DC area as well as for a private institution with a small library and archives.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Mid-Atlantic, and prefers to remain in his/her current state of residence.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
More opportunities for professional development
Good work environment
Where do you look for open positions?
Professionsl listservs and INALJ.
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other:I merely hope to see one, but I do try to research the salaries of a similar position in the same area
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
1. Read the job announcement several times
2. Research the institution
3. Customize my resume/CV and cover letter
4. Proofread it myself, then have a friend or two proofread it as well
5. Submit the application via email or online application system, depending on the instructions
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
To acknowledge my application, To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage, To follow-up after an interview, I appreciate any form of contact!
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Other: I appreciate any form of contact!
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
√ Other: Phone or email; doesn’t matter.
Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?
√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
√ Other: The atmosphere during the interview. If I’m feeling positive vibes, then I’ll have a better feeling as to whether the position’s for me.
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Ask for recommendations from current employees. There’s a good chance they may know someone who meets their qualifications.
Don’t lowball the salary. Offer a liveable wage!
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Let me know either way whether they can move forward with the interview or offer me a position
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Demonstrate enthusiasm and knowledge about the position and institution during the interview. Continue to apply for jobs until you find a job that you like or that you can live with. Be friendly and smile.
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!