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The Interview:
Getting Ready for the Show
SUSANNE MARKGREN AND TIFFANY ALLEN

ALA MIDWINTER - PLACEMENT CENTER
JANUARY 25,...
Library Career People and Career Q&A
Today’s Agenda
 Your 30-second commercial (elevator pitch)
 Interviewing

Remote interviews (telephone, Skype, etc)
 In...
Your 30-second commercial
Make a brief list for each of the following:



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Things you LOVE about work
Things you do b...
Remote Interviews
 By phone:
 Usually all candidates are asked the same questions
 Study your resume: be able to respon...
Remote Interviews
 By Videoconference (Skype or similar)
 Dress as though you are going to an interview
 Sit at a desk ...
In-Person Interviews
 Can last a few hours, or all day
 Know what is expected
 Ask for an agenda, find out who you will...
In-Person Interviews
 Group Interviews
 Meet with 2-8 people (or more) all at once
 Usually last at least an hour
 Fie...
Behavioral Questions: The STAR Model
Situation

Task

Action

Result

Action

Result

Experience 1
Experience 2

Situation...
Know Before You Go
Try to gain an understanding of the institution and
people you will meet with before the interview.
 C...
What to wear
What NOT to wear
Game Day
 Essentials to bring with you (p. 61)
 Copy of the job announcement
 Your resume and cover letter, printed on ...
Sample Questions to Ask Your Interviewers
 What is a typical day like for a librarian in this role?
 How do the libraria...
After the Interview
 Email to say thank you

 Follow up with written thank you notes
 Wait at least 2 weeks before foll...
Questions?

Web Site:
http://librarycareerpeople.com
Email:
librarycareerpeople@gmail.com
Twitter:
@LibCareerPeople
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The Interview: Getting Ready for the Show

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A workshop for ALA Midwinter 2014, from the authors of Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career.

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The Interview: Getting Ready for the Show

  1. 1. The Interview: Getting Ready for the Show SUSANNE MARKGREN AND TIFFANY ALLEN ALA MIDWINTER - PLACEMENT CENTER JANUARY 25, 2014
  2. 2. Library Career People and Career Q&A
  3. 3. Today’s Agenda  Your 30-second commercial (elevator pitch)  Interviewing Remote interviews (telephone, Skype, etc)  In person interviews What to expect and how to prepare Interview prep  The STAR model What to wear (and what NOT to wear) What to bring Wrapping up the interview and next steps Conclusion and questions       
  4. 4. 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 work Questions to think about:  What is your career goal?  What skill, strength, or experience do you have that would help you realize that goal?  What accomplishment proves you have that skill, strength, or experience?  What are you searching for in a job?
  5. 5. Remote Interviews  By phone:  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 vacancy  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
  6. 6. Remote Interviews  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 your audience  Relax, keep your answers brief, and use normal body language
  7. 7. In-Person Interviews  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  Decision-maker (director)  Supervisors (upper/mid management)  Potential future colleagues and collaborators  Could involve  Serial one-on-one meetings  Group meetings  Tours  Social gatherings  Or a combination
  8. 8. In-Person Interviews  Group Interviews  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
  9. 9. Behavioral Questions: The STAR Model Situation Task Action Result Action Result Experience 1 Experience 2 Situation Task Needed to create a Write a communications newsletter, start a plan blog and Twitter feed Tapped colleagues 50% increase in for web design visits to our help and content library’s main website, via all outlets Redesigned a study space Surveyed current library users for ideas Select furniture, etc. to encourage study Profiled in local newspaper
  10. 10. 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: Mission statement  Org chart: tells you who reports to whom, indicates major departments  History of the organization  Bios of leaders  Statistics - number of students, size of the city/service area, circulation statistics, market share, etc. 
  11. 11. What to wear
  12. 12. What NOT to wear
  13. 13. Game Day  Essentials to bring with you (p. 61)  Copy of the job announcement  Your resume and cover letter, printed on high-quality paper (100% cotton)  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
  14. 14. 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 encouraged? 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?
  15. 15. 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.  Be gracious
  16. 16. Questions? Web Site: http://librarycareerpeople.com Email: librarycareerpeople@gmail.com Twitter: @LibCareerPeople

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