So you’ve got an interview for a library job…

June 1, 2012

Congratulations! You’ve got an interview for a library-job! Here are 5 ideas to float around as you prepare for your interview. Please share others, too! Also – check out several of the job-search related posts on Hack Library School.

  1. Be Yourself. Dress nicely but yet wear something you’re comfortable wearing.
  2. Ask questions. Ask about the history of the library, the community, the future plans for the library, etc. Employers like to see curiosity and excitement. They won’t think you’re stepping out of line – you’re interviewing them, too!
  3. If you’re heading into a public library, brush up on a few books from different genres. You never know when you might find yourself eating lunch or having coffee with a few patrons. They’ll be oh-so-excited (not to mention impressed) that you have read something they’ve loved!
  4. If you’re coming straight out of graduation from your MLIS or a related-degree, remember that we use jargon. If you’re being interviewed by the library board or even members of a city council, they don’t always understand that jargon. Use it wisely – again – we’re aiming to impress rather than overwhelm and confuse.
  5. Get to know the library and its community before your interview. Do some research – explore their website/catalog/Facebook. Find out as much as you can! (This will also help you formulate some questions to ask them.)

This post was inspired by a couple of amazingly intelligent librarians who recently interviewed and received job offers to some GREAT libraries! Great work! These libraries will be so thankful you accepted the positions!

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