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Interviewing from Both Sides of the Table. My Experiences. Have been a librarian for 26 years Have sat on both sides of the table At ALA placement center And on many other occasions Have had a strong interest in interviewing for more than 20 years. The Institution. The Institution.

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Interviewing from both sides of the table

Interviewingfrom Both Sides of the Table


My experiences
My Experiences

  • Have been a librarian for 26 years

  • Have sat on both sides of the table

    • At ALA placement center

    • And on many other occasions

  • Have had a strong interest in interviewing for more than 20 years



The institution1
The Institution

  • Get your process together

  • Think about the interview…

    • Who you want the candidates to meet

    • Who you want to be part of the interviews

    • What you want the candidates to do

    • What questions you want answered

    • What questions you will ask of references


Get your process together
Get Your Process Together

  • Think about the arrangements…

    • Travel

    • Accommodations

    • Meals

    • City information/tour


Get your process together1
Get Your Process Together

  • Develop your timeline…

    • Place ad

    • First cut of the resumes

    • Telephone interviews

    • Googling your candidates

    • In-person interviews

    • Check references

    • Extend offer

    • Send rejection letters


Exercise 1

Exercise 1

Can’t Ask, Don’t Tell



Most importantly
Most Importantly… Well

  • Know the job you are filling before placing the ad

    • Start with the job

    • Revise the job description

    • Then write the job ad


The pool of candidates
The Pool of Candidates Well

  • At any given time, there is a set of librarians looking for jobs

  • They range from casual browsers to serious job hunters


The pool of candidates1
The Pool of Candidates Well

Potential Pool of candidates

Pool of candidates viewing your ad

Pool responding to your ad

Pool you want

Not to scale.


Job vs job ad
Job vs. Job Ad Well

  • These need to be as close as possible to get the best match


Job vs job ad1
Job vs. Job Ad Well

  • When there is a disconnect…

  • You get the wrong applicants


Exercise 2

Exercise 2 Well

Writing a job ad


Elements of a good job ad
Elements of a Good Job Ad Well

  • Highlights from the job description

  • Skills, experience and education

  • Job conditions

  • Information about the organization

  • Information about the place

  • Salary – minimum, range

  • Make sure everything is stated clearly


What attracts deters a candidate

Attracts Well

Tangibles

The job

Skills, experience and education

Intangibles

Job conditions

Organization

Place

Salary

Deters

Tangibles

Skills, experience and education

Intangibles

Job conditions

Organization

Place

Salary

What Attracts/Deters a Candidate


Exercise 3

Exercise 3 Well

First Impressions


Initial judgment
Initial Judgment Well

  • We all make them, so embrace them

  • Jot a quick note that reflects your initial judgment of the candidate

  • Set it aside, and start with a blank slate.

  • Interview, take notes and record new impression

  • Did your initial judgment impact your final judgment?



First impressions
First Impressions Well

  • They are important

  • Dress nice and look neat

  • Watch your body language

    • Make eye contact

    • Give a good handshake

  • Be confident, not arrogant

  • Be yourself, but be your best self


Before you make a first impression prepare
Before You Make a First Impression – Prepare Well

  • Before you apply

    • Create resume

    • Develop cover letter

    • Check references

  • Before you interview

    • Gather information and study the institution

    • Develop and practice answering questions

    • Create questions to ask interviewers


Exercise 4

Exercise 4 Well

Eating in Front of Others


Be prepared it s not really a lunch break
Be Prepared - It’s WellNot Really a Lunch Break

  • Don’t order first

  • Don’t pick the most expensive thing because it’s free!

  • Don’t order anything messy

  • Don’t forget you’re still being interviewed


Develop practice questions
Develop & Practice Questions Well

  • Work with a list of generic questions

  • Think of other, job/organization specific questions

  • Write answers to the questions

  • Practice answering them orally with a partner

  • Videotape yourself and watch it

  • Expect the unexpected


Creating questions to ask
Creating Questions to Ask Well

  • Use your research to develop specific questions to ask the institution during your interview

    • Institution related questions: I read that you tried…How did that work out? Job related questions: How much original cataloging do you do?

  • Listen to what’s being said, take notes and develop more questions

  • Work your questions into the interview


Phone interview
Phone Interview Well

  • Have research laid out

  • Have their web pages open

  • Have your practice questions and answer at hand

  • Write down names, titles

  • Have the questions to ask ready to go

  • Write down answers you receive

  • Remember they can’t see you


In person interview
In-person Interview Well

  • Bring portfolio with notepad, pen and pocket

  • Put most important research & information in the pocket

  • Write down other information that won’t fit

  • Write down questions you wish to ask

  • Listen, take notes, develop new questions & refer to your notes/questions


Exercise 5

Exercise 5 Well

Time to answer a question


Answering questions
Answering Questions Well

  • Answer the question being asked

  • Don’t talk too much

  • Don’t say too little

  • Work in your knowledge of their organization

  • Believe in your answers


Interviewing the institution
Interviewing the Institution Well

  • You are interviewing them

  • Make sure it’s a job you want

    • Ask questions about the job, etc.

  • Make sure these are people you want to work with



Weighing an offer
Weighing an Offer Well

  • Salary

  • Benefits

  • Location

  • Environment

  • Job

  • Have all your questions been answered?


Summing up from both sides of the table
Summing Up from Both Sides of the Table Well

  • Prepare!

  • Success starts with a solid foundation

  • You are selling yourself or your organization




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