Susan Flannery from Cambridge public library. Have a editor to look over your resume and cover letter. Don’t sell what you don’t have – be honest in what you can and can’t do. Please don’t call library for directions – We are librarians, we’re suppose to know how to look up directions. Google it! Bring your GPS! Dress professionally. You should sell them. Do research about the library before your interview and perhaps a site visit. During the interview please demonstrate signs of life, show your enthusiasm. Never bad mouth a former employer. Expect to have qualifications they are looking for. Employers are looking for a glass half full person and have a “Why not attitude.” Have a sense of humor and common sense. Employers are looking for a person with intelligence, flexibility, professional expertise, enthusiasm for change, brave intrepid people, willing to take risk and make mistakes, curious people, instinct of a social worker. You must have a passion for serving real service needs, comfortable with ambiguity, responsible and reliable. Can do self assessment. Mature people no petty gossip. Appreciate presentation and merchandising. High standards of performance. Don’t want people who are negative. Looking for innovation. Can learn to get the skills.
Nancy and Nancy. Salem state. Step by step process on how Salem State posts for jot/interview. First the position needs to be funded. Next a job description. Phone interview. And then in person interview. Human resource dies background check. Everyone has to meet minimum qualifications. They look for a concise attractive application. Personalize your resume for that job. At Salem State if there are a number of applications, they select 12 people for phone interview. Then it narrows down to 5 for in person interview. 15 mins for each candidate for phone interview. They are looking for enthusiastic people and those who keep up to date on libraries from attending workshops, conference, reading blogs. Get along with current culture. When you are brought in for an in person interview, the interview is 5 hours. This includes a classroom presentation and lunch, Meeting with library dean. During the lunch, it’s expected for the candidate to relax. this is still part of interview.