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One dayinterviewacademiclibrary

  1. 1. A Day to Remember? Or Surviving the Academic Library Interview Process Presentation for Academic Library LIS 60615, May 2, 2007 Barbara S. Dunham Coordinator, Western Languages Ohio State University Libraries [email_address] 614-247-7458
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Before the Job Ad </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Letter / Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Onsite Interview </li></ul><ul><li>What then? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Before the job ad <ul><li>Search committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline (entire process may take 6 mos.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets the questions to be asked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets the agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determines the topic for presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews resumes and selects potential candidates for interviewing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommends the candidates for the position </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Cover Letter /Resume <ul><li>Have a cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Address your qualification in relation to the required/desired qualifications in the cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>If applying for various positions, adjust your cover letter and resume accordingly </li></ul>
  5. 5. Before the job ad (continued) <ul><li>National search – determine distribution of job ad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Library Job Search Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Texas, School of Information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ohio State University Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listservs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Telephone Interview <ul><li>Telephone interview to clarify qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Length, 20-30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>List of questions established to ask potential candidates </li></ul>
  7. 7. Onsite Interview <ul><li>Invitation to interview arrives (see handout) </li></ul><ul><li>The Interview schedule (see handout) </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready for a FULL day </li></ul><ul><li>Read materials carefully – make certain you know what you need to do </li></ul>
  8. 8. Onsite Interview (continued) <ul><li>Be prepared for your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of South Carolina, School of Library & Information Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LISWiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to ask questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember you are being interviewed and you should be interviewing them </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What next? <ul><li>The day is finished – what should you do? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write thank you letter(s)! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What should you know? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately when the selection process will be completed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements/expectations of the position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Points to remember <ul><li>Cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to closing dates in ad </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure of your references before submitting names </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for Q & A; know what are the current issues/trends in the field; learn about their library; be prepared to talk about yours </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Send Thank You notes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sources
  12. 12. <ul><li>Thank you for inviting me. </li></ul>

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