Tips for Acing the Interview

SJSU iSchool Interviewing Resources

See the following SJSU iSchool interviewing resources for more general information about preparing for a successful interview:

The Library Interview Process – Public vs. Academic
http://ala-apa.org/newsletter/2011/02/01/the-library-interview-process-public-vs-academic/

Public Library Interview Questions from Glass Door – applicants report on experiences, questions, difficulty, and much more
https://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/public-library-interview-questions-SRCH_KE0,14_KSIE.htm

Library Interview Questions (frequently updated)
https://mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com/nailing-the-library-interview/librar...

Hiring Librarians blog: Library Interview Questions Database – real questions contributed by applicants
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N9segNyNeOssPYqfZ1pacKEHYDPpETKI00lHW_ppJF0/edit?usp=sharing

How To Land a Library Job 

Find out what you should do when applying for jobs in both public and research libraries. Our guest speakers tell you what they are looking for in applicants, how to properly prepare for the interview, and provide tips on how to transfer your current skills to library work. 

https://youtu.be/Tw5QuVSxoJo 

Applying for a Library Job – Don’t Do This!

Three hiring managers from the San José Public Library talk about their Summer 2013 recruitment for Librarian 1. Of the more than 200 applications submitted, 50% didn’t meet the minimum qualifications, and 75% didn’t answer the supplemental questions appropriately. Don’t let this be you. Listen to this session recording and find out how to be a successful candidate and make it to the interview stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS26HeSNr_Y

Nailing the Library Interview
https://mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com/nailing-the-library-interview/

Suggestions from a Library Search Committee
http://letterstoayounglibrarian.blogspot.com/2013/05/recruitment-from-other-side-of-table-by.html

Tips for Library Job Applicants in a Tight Market
http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2010/05/18/tips-for-library-job-applicants-in-a-tight-market/

Interviewing: Tips from the Other Side of the Table

http://www.slideshare.net/mtdoherty_vcu/interviewing-tips-from-the-other-side-of-the-table-12984619

PRINTED MATERIALS

Shontz, Priscilla K., and Richard A. Murray. (2012) What do employers want?: A guide for library science students. Libraries Unlimited available through SJSU library as an eBook

Markgren, Susanne, and Tiffany Eatman Allen. (2013). Career Q&A: A librarian's real-life, practical guide to managing a successful career. Information Today, Inc. available through SJSU library as an eBook