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Inside An Interview:Understanding What Hiring    Committees Want ALA JobLIST Placement Center     Sunday, June 26, 2011   ...
About This Presentation• Topic and Scope• Poll Everywhere• Housekeeping Issues
Who We Are          Teresa Doherty,Virginia Commonwealth University         Megan Hodge,Chesterfield County Public Library...
Now tell us a little about you!
Survey• Disseminated through multiple listservs• Qualifications to Participate  –Academic or Public Library Staff  –Partic...
Literature Review• Applicants spend a lot of time creating  resumes and cover letter, but little time  preparing for an in...
What should you know before        an interview?• Be familiar with the library’s website and  social media pages (143 resp...
What kind of experience is           important?• 89.3%-at least moderately important to have  ANY type of library experien...
What are some of the things hiringcommittees look for in a candidate? • Personality and attitude were important or   very ...
What competencies are mostimportant to a hiring committee?• Communication skills (73.7%) and customer  service skills (76....
What character traits are most important to hiring committees?• Intelligence (176 respondents)• Enthusiasm (170 respondent...
Break!What is your “elevator speech”?
Has the economy affected hiring           in libraries?• Over 75% of respondents said that they had  seen an increase in t...
Do hiring committees require          presentations?• 55.5% said yes• 15.5 % said only for positions with  instructional r...
How to be Impressive!• Ask lots of relevant questions (19)• Show passion and excitement for THIS job  (14)• Give a great p...
Advice for Newbie Librarians• Be enthusiastic (75 respondents)• Connect your experience/skills to the  position (65 respon...
Respondents Comments• “Put your best foot forward,” because “personality plays a  bigger role than most people think.”• “W...
Tough Interview Questions1.What is your greatest weakness?2.Why do you want to work in THIS library?3.How would you enforc...
Additional Resources• Ask a Manager blog: http://www.askamanager.org/• Career Q&A with the Info Career People:  http://www...
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  1. 1. Inside An Interview:Understanding What Hiring Committees Want ALA JobLIST Placement Center Sunday, June 26, 2011 12:00pm-1:30pm
  2. 2. About This Presentation• Topic and Scope• Poll Everywhere• Housekeeping Issues
  3. 3. Who We Are Teresa Doherty,Virginia Commonwealth University Megan Hodge,Chesterfield County Public Library Nicole Spoor, Hampton University
  4. 4. Now tell us a little about you!
  5. 5. Survey• Disseminated through multiple listservs• Qualifications to Participate –Academic or Public Library Staff –Participated on hiring committee for entry-level librarian since 2008• 430 respondents –70% academic, 30% public
  6. 6. Literature Review• Applicants spend a lot of time creating resumes and cover letter, but little time preparing for an interview• Practice, Practice, Practice• Attitude and Personality are more important than skills, education or experiences• Don’t forget to interview the library
  7. 7. What should you know before an interview?• Be familiar with the library’s website and social media pages (143 respondents)• Know about the institution and library (84 respondents)• Learn library’s mission and strategic plan (65 respondents)
  8. 8. What kind of experience is important?• 89.3%-at least moderately important to have ANY type of library experience in ANY type of library• 88.8%- at least moderately important to have experience in the same type of library as you are applying to• 85.2%-at least moderately important to have experience specifically related to the position
  9. 9. What are some of the things hiringcommittees look for in a candidate? • Personality and attitude were important or very important to 98% of the respondents • Institutional fit was important or very important to 95.3% of the respondents • Education was important or very important to 89.5% of the respondents
  10. 10. What competencies are mostimportant to a hiring committee?• Communication skills (73.7%) and customer service skills (76.7%) deemed very important.• Familiarity with library technology was third most important competency (32.4%)
  11. 11. What character traits are most important to hiring committees?• Intelligence (176 respondents)• Enthusiasm (170 respondents)• Cooperativeness (140 respondents)
  12. 12. Break!What is your “elevator speech”?
  13. 13. Has the economy affected hiring in libraries?• Over 75% of respondents said that they had seen an increase in the number of applicants• Most respondents (80.8%) did not change the number of applicants called in for interviews• “We have a stronger base from which to choose, but only interview the best of the best.”
  14. 14. Do hiring committees require presentations?• 55.5% said yes• 15.5 % said only for positions with instructional responsibilities• How are presentations evaluated? – Using rubrics and other survey instruments – By hiring committee, but may include others – Looking for communication skills and organization
  15. 15. How to be Impressive!• Ask lots of relevant questions (19)• Show passion and excitement for THIS job (14)• Give a great presentation (11)• Have a portfolio of great work (9)
  16. 16. Advice for Newbie Librarians• Be enthusiastic (75 respondents)• Connect your experience/skills to the position (65 respondents)• Gain experience through volunteering or internships (65 respondents)• Showcase technology skills (45 respondents)
  17. 17. Respondents Comments• “Put your best foot forward,” because “personality plays a bigger role than most people think.”• “We are trying to find somebody who is a good fit for our library.”• “I think that brand new librarians can be the person to beat. They bring a fresh energy and viewpoint.”• “Many of the hires I have been involved in during the past 12 years have been new grads, who brought energy and new ideas to the library. I cannot imagine not hiring new grads!”• “I feel lucky to already have a job, because some of the candidates we get are so smart and creative I don’t think I would be able to compete against them!”
  18. 18. Tough Interview Questions1.What is your greatest weakness?2.Why do you want to work in THIS library?3.How would you enforce a policy you dont agree with?4.Why did you leave your previous position?
  19. 19. Additional Resources• Ask a Manager blog: http://www.askamanager.org/• Career Q&A with the Info Career People: http://www.lisjobs.com/careerqa_blog/• Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? by Ellen Gordon Reeves• The Librarians Career Guidebook by Priscilla K. Shontz• Resume Writing And Interviewing Techniques That Work!: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians by Robert R. Newlen

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