What we plan on doing for this workshop (show brief outline)Chapter on interviewing… We understand that all interviews will be different, and interviews at different types of institutions will have their own flavor and may be radically different from one another, and we will address those as they come up, but we want to focus on more general (important) interview tips. Before we jump into interviews, we want to get you warmed up. So, congratulations! You have an interview. Fantastic! The first thing we want you to do is to take a few minutes and think about (and write down) your own personal elevator pitch, or 30-second commercial. In one or two sentences (three , if you have to) come up with your introduction. It should include your name, maybe your title (general or broad), what you do (or would like to do) and .. .?
Your elevator pitch can also double as your "Tell me a little about yourself" answer during a job interview. If you are looking for a job, repeating your elevator pitch to yourself at the start of every day can be a quick but encouraging reminder of why you are the best at what you do.Make sure to practice saying it out loud and to tweak it to sound like normal speech. In other words, Don’t speak the way you write. Take no longer than 5-10 minutes… at the end, we will stop everyone and ask them to go around the room and introduce themselves, using their pitches, to 2-3people they don’t know.HANDSHAKES!!!
Remote interviewsWhat they are and why they are importantPhone interviewing tipsSkype / video interviewing tipsCommonly asked questions (for both online and in-person – be ready!)
Have an exercise on interviewing a partner (back to back) – may have to do it up front with us and volunteers. Need handout to give them with commonly asked questions. 10 minutes.For handout, check this out to see if it’s what you're thinking: http://www2.lib.unc.edu/personnel/interview_questions.pdf
The final round. Usually, places bring in anywhere between 2-5 candidates for in-person interviewsPreparing for the in-person interviewWhat to expect from the organization (what should they provide you before your interview)
Answering behavior-based questionsStar Model
Have an exercise (bring handout) where they fill out the STAR model with different scenarios. Have a slide with an example on it. (10 minutes)
And, throw in a question or two that is specific about their library or institution. This shows your interviewers that you have done your research on them. For example:I see that the library has a Facebook page. Do you find that it is a successful marketing tool?I noticed that you offer drop-in sessions for students. Who teaches these and which ones are the most popular?Your LibGuides are very informative and well-designed. If I was hired, would I be able to create and maintain guides?
Concluding the InterviewQuestions to ask themTimeframesThanks youFollow up
The Interview: Getting Ready for the Show
Getting Ready for the Show
SUSANNE MARKGREN AND TIFFANY ALLEN
ALA MIDWINTER - PLACEMENT CENTER
JANUARY 25, 2014
Your 30-second commercial (elevator pitch)
Remote interviews (telephone, Skype, etc)
In person interviews
What to expect and how to prepare
The STAR model
What to wear (and what NOT to wear)
What to bring
Wrapping up the interview and next steps
Conclusion and questions
Your 30-second commercial
Make a brief list for each of the following:
Things you LOVE about work
Things you do best
The type of environment you work best in
What you find most important about
Questions to think about:
What is your career goal?
What skill, strength, or experience do you
have that would help you realize that
What accomplishment proves you have
that skill, strength, or experience?
What are you searching for in a job?
Usually all candidates are asked the same questions
Study your resume: be able to respond confidently
about how your skills and background apply to the
Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for 2060 minutes
Dress professionally even though they can’t see you
Breathe and smile and enjoy yourself - it will come
through in your voice
By Videoconference (Skype or similar)
Dress as though you are going to an interview
Sit at a desk or table with your materials within reach
Practice: ask a friend to do a dry run with you
Have a neutral background and decent lighting
Check the direction your web camera is facing (i.e., not up your
nose), and remember to look into the camera (and smile!)
Have your materials - resume, job listing, etc. - out of sight in
front of you, avoid shuffling papers - keep your attention on
Relax, keep your answers brief, and use normal body language
Can last a few hours, or all day
Know what is expected
Ask for an agenda, find out who you will meet
Will you be asked to do a presentation
Expect to meet with different people
Supervisors (upper/mid management)
Potential future colleagues and collaborators
Serial one-on-one meetings
Or a combination
Meet with 2-8 people (or more) all at once
Usually last at least an hour
Field several questions from each person in the room
An opportunity to get a sense of the institutional culture
Behavioral Questions: The STAR Model
Needed to create a Write a
newsletter, start a
blog and Twitter
Tapped colleagues 50% increase in
for web design
visits to our
help and content
website, via all
library users for
etc. to encourage
Profiled in local
Know Before You Go
Try to gain an understanding of the institution and
people you will meet with before the interview.
Check their website. Is there a:
Org chart: tells you who reports to whom, indicates major
History of the organization
Bios of leaders
Statistics - number of students, size of the city/service
area, circulation statistics, market share, etc.
Essentials to bring with you (p. 61)
Copy of the job announcement
Your resume and cover letter, printed on high-quality paper
Directions, itinerary, tickets, contact information for your
arrival, receipts (if you are getting reimbursed)
Portfolio of any extra materials (i.e., publications, samples of
web designs, etc.)
Pen and notebook
Emergency kit (brush/comb, breath mints, safety pin, etc.)
Professional-looking bag or briefcase
Sample Questions to Ask Your Interviewers
What is a typical day like for a librarian in this role?
How do the librarians work together/collaborate?
How (by whom and how often) are the librarians
evaluated on their performance?
Is professional development supported and/or
What are some new initiatives you are working on?
What is the library’s reference/instruction/collection
development philosophy? (tailor to fit the position)
What do you (the interviewers) like about your job?
After the Interview
Email to say thank you
Follow up with written thank you notes
Wait at least 2 weeks before following up on the
status of the search; some will take months
Keep applying to other jobs - even if your interview
went well, don’t assume you will receive an offer.
Accept LinkedIn invites if they are offered; do not
send them yourself.