How to choose the best applicants What to ask during the interviews The importance of testing How to decide who to hire
You find out they have poor grasp of the alphabet They quit after two hours because their back iskilling them They tell you they can’t work weekends after alland is that ok?
Minimum age Alphabet and number skills Eye for detail Fit enough Can take instructions willingly Works well with others
Can you read the writing? Did they fill out the whole form? Can they write a sentence? Does their employment history look ok? Do they have additional skills?
I love libraries I have always wanted to work in a library I have daytime classes but can work evenings I can fit library hours around my other job I can work while my children are in school I’m a retiree and can work anytime
I have to get a job My Dad says I have to get a job I need money I have bills to pay
The application form A list of interview questions A copy of written shelving test An evaluation sheet A note pad and extra pencils
Applicant’s name and the date Under child labor laws you must be 16 to workpast 7:00 p.m. during the school year. Are you 16?If not when will you be? This is an evening and weekend job. Which hourscould you work during that time frame? Could you work those hours the whole schoolyear? Would you be willing to work evenings andweekends in the summer?
Tell me about a time when you showed howreliable you can be How would you rate yourself on attendance andpunctuality? Could you work 24 hours within a two week payperiod and schedule yourself to have no more thatthree days between workdays? Shelvers must be able to push heavy carts and tostretch and bend to reach high or low shelves. Doyou think you can meet these requirements?
What would you do if a patron came and grabbedan armful of books that you had just put away andthen sat on the floor with them What would you do if a patron complained to youabout library services or material? Why did you apply for job with this library? Do you like to read? What are you reading now? Do you use this library? What did you like or dislike about your previousjob?
Pay Hours Let them know that libraries are busy places Ask them if they have any question about the jobor the library
To find the bestYou must always test
When the following names are put in alphabeticalorder which one will come second?1. Marshall, Charles2. Marshall, John3. Marshall, Thomas Riley4. Marshall, George Catlett5. Marshall, James Wilson
If you arrange this group of numbers in order(starting with the lowest) which one will come third?1. 870.54212. 870.55213. 860.59244. 870.59235. 870.5663
Name: Paige Booker Date: March 1 2013Written test score in acceptable range?Practical test score in acceptable range?On time for interview?Hours/flexibility confirmed by candidate?Physical requirements – positive response?Communication skills demonstrated?
Did they follow your instructions about the written andpractical tests and did they complete both of them? How many errors can you overlook? How many points will you deduct for errors?
Shows that a candidate is reliable Shows they are serious about applying for the job Suggests that they want to make a goodimpression on you Were they able to give an example of reliablebehavior in the past
Check their answers to all those questions youasked about working hours Can the come in at the hours you want? Can they do it all year round?
Did they give confident answers to your questionsabout abilities? Did they seem daunted when you spoke about allthe pushing, bending and stretching they would berequired to do?
Check your notes on the question sheet Did they give you clear and thoughtful answers? Did they maintain eye contact and smile? Did they follow your instructions for the tests? Did they ask any questions about the job?
Were they clean and tidy? Any objectionable words on their clothing? Were any body parts showing that are normallycovered in a workplace? Willing to comply with library dress code?
Test results Question sheet with your notes Interview Summary Sheet
Can you work with this person? Are they a good fit for your team? Can you make an accommodation for someonewho may need extra help to succeed? How well does your staff reflect your community?
Call your first choice and ask them again if theycan work the hours you need Mention the specific hours in their appointmentletter Write a short letter to all the people you are nothiring and thank them for being interested
Patricia TunstallIndian Trails Public Library355 Schoenbeck RoadWheeling IL email@example.com