Job Application and Interview Tips


SJSU iSchool Interview Resources

The Library Interview Process – Public vs. Academic

Public Library Interview Questions from Glass Door – applicants report on experiences, questions, difficulty, and much more,14_KSIE.htm

Library Interview Questions (frequently updated) 

Hiring Librarians blog: Library Interview Questions Database – real questions contributed by applicants

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. 

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.

Nailing the Library Interview

Suggestions from a Library Search Committee

Tips for Library Job Applicants in a Tight Market

Interviewing: Tips from the Other Side of the Table


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