|Timestamp||What kind of interview was it?||What level interview was it?||What questions did they ask you?||What questions did you ask the interviewers?||What position level was it for?||What type of organization?||Job focus was (check all that apply):||Where are you?||Where are you?||Any other comments, for me or for your fellow job hunters?|
|6/15/2022 22:19:08||Skype/Video Chat||First round||Sorry. a little scarred for horrible interview. questions are scattered and paraphrased.|
what are your qualifications?
How would you integrate technology into the library?
What would a classroom visit for 3rd graders look like?
How would you facilitate the school's anti-bullying and behavioral ideals? (This school used Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS))
What are three ways you would promote the library and reading?
How are you furthering your education and learning because we like to surround ourselves with staff who are at the top of their game? (I'm not sure I am wording this right...)
How would you provide equity and inclusion in the library?
What are some ways you would collaborate with teaching staff?
|What did you like about the school library?|
What would you change about the school library?
If the school had to close again for unforeseen reasons like a pandemic, what would the role of the school librarian be?
What does a typical day look like for the school library?
What kind of technology is in the library?
How would you describe the culture of the staff and school?
|Library Media Technicia||School Library||Children’s Services||Western US||Suburban area|
|6/13/2022 11:51:49||In-person||Second round||1. Why did you apply? 2. What was your process in applying? 3. What will you do if you're not accepted? 4. Why did you decide to be a health sciences librarian? 5. What social and industry trends do you see impacting libraries over the next 10 years? 6. What is your definition of leadership? 7. Could you describe a difficult situation? 8. Describe a time when you worked in a team to complete a project? 9. How would you describe yourself in five words?||Entry level||Special Library||Medical||Northeastern US||Urban area|
|6/13/2022 11:46:11||Phone||First round||1. Why do you want this position? 2. What experience do you have with evidence synthesis? 3. How do you prioritize? 4. What experience do you have with collection development?||1. What makes this institution a good place to work? 2. Are there any gaps within the library system that you would like to see addressed by the successful candidate?||Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Liaison, Medical||Canada||Urban area|
|6/13/2022 11:35:59||Phone||First round||1. Why do you want this position? 2. What led you to librarianship? 3. What is your favourite and least favourite aspect of librarianship? 4. Tell me about a time you were successful. 5. Tell us a time when things didn't go so well.||1. What are some projects that have been chosen by people in this position in the past? 2. What are a couple of the most valuable skills/experiences you had in this position? (This was a co-op/fellowship type position with past students present in the interview.)||Entry level||Special Library||Medical||Northeastern US||Urban area|
|6/13/2022 11:29:04||In-person||Second round||1. Why are you interested in this position? 2. Can you describe your understanding of liaison roles? 3. What is unique to [this liaison area]? 4. Why are your strengths? 5. How do you see this position in connection with your professional growth? 6. What is your experience working with a diverse population? 7. What do you see as big changes to the field of academic librarianship over recent years? 8. What are your research interests?||Entry level||Academic Library||Liaison, Medical||Southern US||Urban area|
|6/13/2022 11:20:10||Phone||First round||1. Tell me about your experience in these liaison areas? 2. What is your experience with information literacy instruction? 3. Tell us about a memorable teaching moment? 4. What is your experience with collection development?||1. What is the relationship with faculty like? 2. How does the library system support open access?||Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction||Canada||City/town|
|6/13/2022 11:15:38||In-person||Second round||1. What interests you/what are your goals/what gets you excited? 2. What challenges you? 3. Can you speak to your experience building relationships with faculty? 3. How do you stay current? 4. Tell me about your experience with group work? 4. This school has a lot of underrepresented students - do you have any experience working with underrepresented communities? 5. How would your colleagues describe you? 6. How do you handle working with people that have different personalities and viewpoints from your own?||1. How is the current relationship between the faculty and the library? 2. How are libraries supported in terms of professional development? 3. Is there any emphasis on particular duties (more time spent on reference vs collections vs instruction, etc)?||Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Liaison, Medical, Reference||Southern US||Urban area|
|6/13/2022 11:04:15||Phone||First round||1. List the elements of client services that are important in reference. 2. Tell me about the strengths and weaknesses of one research database. 3. Tell me about a time you worked as part of a group to overcome challenges. 4. What is your experience with collaborative technology? 5. How do you deal with difficult clients? 6. What are four access points in a bibliographic record?||Co-op||Special Library||Reference||Canada||Urban area|
|5/11/2022 7:03:55||Skype/Video Chat||First round||1. What relevant experience do you have?|
2. Describe a time that you participated on a project as part of a team.
3. What is a project that you are particularly proud of?
4. What does DEI work mean to you?
5. What elements of the job description stood out to you/why are you interested in this job?
|1. What does reference look like at your institution? Do you have a desk? Is it staffed?|
2. What are some examples of projects that the previous person in this position completed/what are some of their accomplishments?
3. What are your goals for this position? What would you like to see accomplished in the first few months?
4. How often do classes visit/what kind of instruction sessions do you do?
|Two or more years of experience||Special Collections (Academic Library)||Cataloging/Technical Services, Outreach, Reference||Northeastern US||City/town|
|4/18/2022 7:08:55||In person, phone, and Zoom||Was asked in first and second round||What's the difference between your real self and your ideal self?; If an alien spaceship landed in your backyard and asked you to go with them would you?; What kind of animal are you: list of three was given but I can't remember what they were; several others like this that had nothing to do with skill and ability to do job.||This was for ALL new positions||Public Library||Children’s Services, Programming, Teen Services||Southern US||Suburban area||I was later told these were personality test questions, but I have yet to figure out what personality test 8 years later. One of the admins LOVED weird, never heard of personality tests. If they start asking weird questions like this, the place is toxic. Run, don't walk, away. It's a screening technique to find compliant people they can control.|
|3/24/2022 16:35:34||In-person||First round||1. Please tell us about your work experience and why you are interested in this position.|
2. How did you prepare for this interview?
3. A patron asks you for materials in a genre that is unfamiliar to you. How do you help them?
4. Please describe your experiences with library programming.
5. You are at the reference desk on a busy afternoon. A patron is asking you for research help on water pollution, the phone begins to ring, and another patron calls out that the printer is jammed. Right then, a child vomits on the floor. How do you handle these competing situations?
6. The library resists censorship and upholds intellectual freedom. Keeping that in mind, how would you respond to a patron who is complaining about the content in the book "Heather Has Two Mommies?"
7. Please describe your experience providing library services and resources to children.
8. How would you prepare for an outreach visit for teens to a local high school?
|1. What kind of mentoring do you offer to new librarians?|
2. In a post-pandemic world, what do you feel are the greatest challenges facing this library system?
|Entry level||Public Library||Adult Services, Children’s Services, Programming, Teen Services, Collection development||Western US||Urban area||This was a panel interview for several positions: Adult Services, Teen Services, Collections/Programming, and floater librarian|
|11/23/2021 21:49:36||In-person||First round||1. What three skills or abilities do you bring to the positions|
2. EDI policies are a priority for this library. How do you bring these principles to your work?
3. How does this position align with your career goals?
4. A patron comes to you holding a baby and angrily asks why people are allowed to sleep in the library, especially ones who "smell" and snore. What would you tell her?
5. It is Sunday and you are on an acting supervisor shift. A toilet starts overflowing, you can see it beginning to spread all over the floor. How do you respond?
6. A community partner organisation is giving a program in the library and one of the attendees makes some disparaging comments about "immigrants". The program presenter ignores the comments and moves on. What would you do/how would you step in?
7. Just as you are closing, a child is found alone in the library and no one is able to contact their parent. Your shift ends in 10 minutes and then all the staff will be gone. How do you help the child?
Follow up: the parent arrives several minutes after your shift ends. What do you tell them?
|1. Does this interview cover my other applications (several positions are open at once)|
2. Is the library considering purchasing some lendable telescopes (related to pre-interview assignment)
3. What is the career trajectory for this position?
|Entry level||Public Library||Adult Services, Children’s Services, Outreach, Programming, Reference, Teen Services||Canada||Urban area|
|11/15/2021 20:03:04||Skype/Video Chat||First round||What has been the greatest challenge when it comes to customer service and how did you overcome it.|
What is your definition of excellent customer service and what example can you provide where you delivered
Has there been a situation with a hostile co-worker and how did you overcome it.
When has there been a time where you provided excellent customer service but was not able to provide the results the customer needed
Has there been a time where you not able to provide the best service and is there anything you would do differently.
What do you think would be the biggest challenge will be in this job and what would you do to overcome it
What is a time where you worked with a diverse group of people on a project. what was your role and how was your role important (can't remember the actual q but its something like this)
Lots of q's of all types of customer service experience
|what opportunities of professional development are there|
what is the average day like
|Library Assistant||Academic Library||Access services||Northeastern US||Urban area|
|10/10/2021 10:13:48||In-person||First round||Tell us about your career and past experience with teen and adult services.|
How do you describe being a team-player?
Why are you interested in working with teens?
What is your process for planning and promoting successful adult programs? How is that different from teen programs?
How do you disagree with someone while still valuing team respect?
Tell us about an innovative thing you've done in your career.
If I ask you to provide excellent customer service, what does that mean to you?
What goes into an ideal library space for teens?
How do you balance teen and adult programs?
Tell us about your best mentor or supervisor.
Tell us about a time when you've successfully managed or resolved an issue with a teen patron.
Give us an example of a failure and how you handled it.
How do you ensure every teen is treated fairly?
|What is your vision for adult programming? What about teen programming?|
Follow up: What kind of adult programming has worked well in the past?
How would I be involved in the YA area design project that is in the works?
What specific projects do you have in mind for me if I got this role?
How do you mentor new librarians?
|Entry level||Public Library||Adult Services, Programming, Reference, Teen Services||Western US||City/town||Do your research on things going on in the library. Be yourself. I actually landed this role.|
|10/10/2021 10:07:55||In-person||First round||Why did you apply for this positions? |
Tell me about a time when your leadership helped a situation.
Tell me about your experience with cataloging and acquisitions processes.
Tell me about your familiarity with MARC, OCLC, and Sirsi Dynix.
What is your experience working with employees in a union?
Tell me about a time when you coached and/or disciplined an employee.
Give us an example of a failure and how you handled it.
How do you handle change in policies? How do you handle it for staff and yourself?
What steps do you take to get to know staff? Would you do it different to build relations with other departments?
Give us an example of a challenging citizen complaint.
|What sort of leadership qualities are you looking for with this role?|
What is one of the top pain points that you have right now? How can I help if I were to get this position?
What is your definition of success within a year?
|Supervisory||Public Library||Cataloging/Technical Services||Western US||City/town|
|9/28/2021 9:18:37||Skype/Video Chat||First round||Discuss your research areas and interests and how would they strengthen our community?|
What do reference and access mean to you?
Can you tell us more about why you are interested in this position specifically? Why do you want to join this community?
If chosen, how soon could you start, what is your availability?
Can you talk a bit about the sorts if things /areas you would like to start with if chosen for this position?
|What sorts of DEI initiatives is the library currently working on?|
What is your vision for this position? Are duties already laid out or is there room for tailoring the position to the strengths of the person?
Is this position exempt?
|Two or more years of experience||Theological/Seminary library||Instruction, Liaison, Outreach, Programming, Reference, Course Researves||Northeastern US||Urban/Suburban/Rural (community members coming from all)||Be authentic. Do your research and due diligence. Breathe.|
|9/15/2021 15:59:49||Skype/Video Chat||First round||What do the terms Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion mean to you? How would you recommend a book to a patron? There's a line, kids are yelling, and the phone rings, in what order do you handle each situation? How would you respond to a customer complaint regarding the library's collection? Describe a situation in which you received a negative response from the patron. Describe a difficult situation and what you learned from it. How would you respond to a policy change you don't agree with? Describe training that influenced how you approach customer service.||What are your sexual harassment policies and how do you respond to inappropriate patrons? Do you offer tuition reimbursement for an MLS? What can you tell me about the community? What are your goals for this library branch?||Library Assistant||Public Library||Reference, Circulation||Western US||Rural area||Interviewers are almost always looking at personality fit as much as experience. Just be yourself.|
|9/14/2021 14:19:44||In-person||First round||Who do you see as the audience of cataloging? Describe a time when you've had to go through a change, especially an unwelcome one. Describe a time when you've implemented a change in procedure, and how it went. Describe a time when you've had to deal with a difficult person.||What will initial training and ongoing support look like? How much of what we catalog is based on item-in-hand and how much on reports etc.?||Senior Librarian||Public Library||Cataloging/Technical Services||Midwestern US||City/town|
|9/8/2021 6:19:48||Skype/Video Chat||First round||Library Assistant||Academic Library||Midwestern US||Urban area|
|7/25/2021 12:47:59||In-person||First round||What is your favorite children's book and why, what is a common misconception people have about you, tell me a successful lesson you've conducted, how would you work as part of a team with teachers and the other specials, tell me about a difficult behavior probl you've had in a school and how you addressed it.||Entry level||School Library||Children’s Services||Northeastern US||Rural area||I was surprised. I've had two interviews post covid and neither asked me to read a story.|
|6/30/2021 18:00:52||Skype/Video Chat||First round||1. Why are you passionate about libraries? Why are you interested in this job in particular? 2. Why do you think it’s important to address diversity and equity issues in this position, and what are some ways you might do that? 3. What is your philosophy on customer service? 4. Tell us about a time you’ve successfully helped develop a team to their full potential. How did you help support them throughout the process? 5. What was the most significant change you brought about in an organization? 6. Tell us about a time when you failed as a leader and what did you learn? 7. What are the most significant outreach opportunities for libraries in the future? 8. What are the most important values and ethics you demonstrate as a leader? Give us an example of these in practice. 9. Tell us about a time when you had to complete an important task you’d never done before. How did you go about it? Were you successful? Why or why not? |
10. What was the one thing you hoped we would ask you about that we didn’t?
|What is your vision for this position? Clarification of differing job description from previous posting.||Internal temporary manager of Circulation, Tech services, computer services, outreach, maker||Public Library||Cataloging/Technical Services, Outreach, Circulation, computer services, maker||Western US||City/town|
|5/18/2021 15:47:26||Skype/Video Chat||Second round||What is your style of teaching?|
Describe your approach to collection development.
Provide examples of eLearning tools.
Talk to us about your ideas of marketing and outreach.
Provide an example of incorporating diversity and/or inclusion in your teaching
In a group setting, such as a library faculty meeting, what do you contribute?
Talk about your work style — what does it take for you to get the job done?
|Which faculty make the greatest use of their liaison connection and which the least?|
What is the number one, long-term goal of this position?
What are the immediate concerns for this position in the first 30, 60, and/or 90 days?
What challenges has the library and/or institution faced in the last year (I.e. pandemic) and over the last 5 years (to look at larger structural issues)?
How are new faculty/librarians on-boarded?
What support is there for research, publication, and presentation?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Liaison, Outreach, Reference||Midwestern US||City/town||The Zoom interview lasted all-day (8am-4pm) and there were many different stakeholders to gear different questions. For example, I didn’t ask the library search committee about DEI and liaison work, I asked the faculty and larger community for their impressions. There was also an hour long teaching demo plus Q&A and the questions from the community were great and gave a good insight into the culture of the institution!|
|4/26/2021 5:20:12||In-person||First round||What LMS have you used||What CPD opportunities do you provide for this position||Library Assistant||School Library||Reference||UK||City/town|
|4/22/2021 14:46:57||Skype/Video Chat||First round||It was very tricky because the interviewer was the head of the department and spent most of the interview trying to sell me on the law firm job. It was difficult to get a word in. The only concrete question I remember being asked was about my general law library experience.||Is this a new role or position? How many other people do the same job? Would the person hired for this position be assigned to a specific legal practice area?||Research Librarian (Reporting the Director of Library Services)||International Law Firm||Law, Reference||Midwestern US||Urban area||This position was open nationwide, regardless of proximity to a firm. I was not selected for a second interview.|
|4/22/2021 14:40:55||Skype/Video Chat||Second round||What kind of legal-specific database experience do you have? How would you format an email response to a research request? If you receive multiple time-sensitive requests, how do you prioritize your responses? Do you work well with Type-A people? Are you comfortable working remotely and responding to requests from different time zones?||How did the law firm adjust to COVID-19? What is your favorite part of your job? How many other people currently hold an equivalent position to this one? What is the assignment schedule for the group email? Does this position also conduct business intelligence or marketing research or is it strictly legal research?||Research Analyst (Reporting to Research Manager)||Law Firm Library||Law, Reference||Midwestern US||Urban area||Law firm "librarian" positions are sometimes open in multiple locations. This one was open in any state where the firm had an established office but did not require work on-site.|
|4/12/2021 12:17:48||In-person||Second round|| 1. In this position, you will be part of a team that works collaboratively to provide excellent service. Please discuss a project or program you worked on with a team and how your contribution led to positive outcomes.|
2. What is a common misperception supervisors or coworkers have about you? Why?
3. Give an example of a project or work responsibility that required you to coordinate efforts across departmental boundaries. What challenges did you encounter? How did you handle them?
4. What sort of organizational changes have you found most difficult to accept?
5. Have you ever had to "go the extra mile" to satisfy a customer? What did you do?
6. What strategies would you use if you were participating in a small group meeting and there were divergent opinions or multiple solutions proposed to solve a problem?
7. In the workplace, how do you express your sense of humor with coworkers and the public?
8. We've all experienced something "slipping through the cracks." Tell me about a time when this happened to you, what you did about it, and what, if anything, you did to prevent it from happening again.
9. What is one of the best children's books you've read this year? What kind of reader would you recommend it to?
10. What questions do you have for us?
|YS Librarian||Public Library||Children’s Services||Southern US||Suburban area||The question about "how do you show your sense of humor" really caught me off guard!|
|4/10/2021 10:28:28||Skype/Video Chat||First round||They asked their questions rather quickly, so I wasn't able to get all parts of all questions in my notes. However, here's what I was able to salvage:|
-Why are you interested in this position?
-A hypothetical patron comes to you for help researching the artist of a piece in their personal collection. What resources (in person and remote) would you use to help this person and why?
-What library tasks would you say you perform well? What tasks do you not perform so well, and what measures are you taking to gain the ability to do them well?
-Who is your favorite artist and why?
|-You mention in the job description that the person in this role will help with the development and implementation of a cataloging plan. Could you tell me a bit more about where you are now and what you are anticipating in terms of direction, timing, and contributions I could make if offered the position?|
-How would you describe a typical day at the Library, both before the COVID-19 pandemic and now?
-How has everyone been staying connected and productive while physically distanced? Has it affected your work and/or morale?
-Which automated library system do you all use?
-What do you enjoy most about working at the Museum?
|Library Assistant||Museum Library||Adult Services, Cataloging/Technical Services, Outreach, Reference, Collection Maintenance||Southern US||City/town||I tailored my questions to the current situation we are all in with the COVID-19 pandemic and folks working remotely. The Museum (in which the Library is located) may be open to the public with timed ticketed entry and safety precautions, but the Library itself is still closed to the public. A couple of these questions may not be viable anymore after the pandemic is demoted from a public health crisis.|
|4/10/2021 10:08:43||Skype/Video Chat||Second round||-What makes you an ideal candidate for this position? How has your education and experience prepared you for this role, and what excites you about the position?|
-Tell us about one of your best customer service experiences. What do you think exemplifies good patron support?
-Can you please describe your communication style and how you navigate working with others?
-Understating that conflict in the workplace sometimes occurs, can you please describe for us a specific experience you have had dealing with conflict? How did you go about resolving the situation?
-What classification system is used in your current or most recent library work setting? Please describe your level of familiarity with: Library of Congress Classification, OCLC Connexion, and Classification Web?
-In your current role or in the most recent role where you catalogued, how do you manage your cataloguing workflow and balance between quality and quantity of records?
-You have been tasked with inventorying and cataloguing the 90+ serials titles in the Library. How would you go about approaching this task and how do you envision working through the project from implementation to conclusion?
-How would you manage a backlog of 800 books that need to be reviewed, checked against current holdings and catalogued?
-Curators are one of the Library's core patron groups. Can you tell us about your experience supporting information needs common to this group, such as collection/exhibition history, provenance, genealogical, and/or archival research?
-How would you create a library environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and diverse?
|-How is the library viewed by staff members, and how does this differ from the way it is viewed by members of the public?|
-Can you please describe your management style? (Asked of the person who would be my direct supervisor)
-What would success look like in this role in 12 months?
-Based on what you've heard, is there anything about me that concerns you or needs clarification?
-What are the next steps in the process?
|Library Assistant||Museum Library||Adult Services, Cataloging/Technical Services, Outreach, Reference, Collection Maintenance||Southern US||City/town||This was for a highly-coveted position in a museum library!|
|2/5/2021 11:23:40||Skype/Video Chat||Panel Interview (three interviewers)||(not in order)|
1. The library is short-staffed due to the flu. You are working the circulation desk, and there is a line of four people, and the phone won't stop ringing. What do you do?
2. What technology do you use in your day-to-day life?
3. What software do you have experience with?
4. Would you say you learn quickly?
5. What is your experience with customer service?
6. Tell us about a time you had a conflict with your employer.
7. This branch is in a very diverse community. What does diversity mean to you?
8. What is the last book you read?
9. Why should we hire you?
10. Are you okay with the fact you may come into contact with someone who has COVID?
|1. What does a typical day look like for a library assistant?|
2. Does training take place over-time or are the first few days dedicated to training?
3. What is the office culture like? (is it fast-paced? is it business-casual?)
|Library Assistant||Public Library||Customer Service; Clerical Work; Front Desk; Shelving Materials||Northeastern US||City/town||This was my first job interview in ten years--I hadn't worked since high school. Look at a panel interview more like a conversation than a grilling. I am disabled, so I had a job coach/social worker on the panel interview with me for "moral support." |
The interviewers were very impressed that I had written a sociological paper about their town (No, really. I did! And that wasn't planned!). I was a research assistant intern during college and used Office to curate the sources.
For the conflict question, I talked about a big mistake I had made during a retail job: I ruined over $100 of merchandise. I had immediately gone to my supervisor to take ownership over it and I wasn't fired--the interviewers liked that a lot because I added that I was only 17 at the time, which shows maturity.
|12/10/2020 10:26:21||In-person||First round||how would you use library databases (online resources) to help a patron?||Library Assistant||Public Library||Adult Services||Western US||City/town|
|7/28/2020 11:21:38||Skype/Video Chat||First round||Where do you see yourself in 5 years? A doctor comes in looking for information on diabetes, how do you help them? Describe a time you had a conflict with a colleague, how did you resolve this?||What opportunities are there for training/ development? What do you like about working here?||Assistant Librarian||Health Library||Medical, Outreach||UK||City/town||Use this spreadsheet!|
|5/8/2020 14:45:46||Skype/Video Chat||First round||Tell us your process in creating, maintaining, and assessing instructional videos, tutorials, and other innovative learning tools, for both face-to-face and DE instruction.|
Provide specific examples of a teaching success and a teaching failure and what you learned from these experiences.
Share an example of coordinating an instructional library and information competency program.
Describe your vision of a library information competency workshop program that is delivered both face-to-face and online.
Tell us about your experience in formative assessment, program assessment, and working with campus constituents on learning outcomes.
What is your approach to working on a team? Tell us about a specific teamwork experience, how you contributed or provided leadership, and what the team was able to accomplish.
Like other academic libraries, the GCC Library is an instructional library. Please tell us what elements lead to a successful interaction with students at the reference desk.
Tell us about professional development you have participated in as well as the professional development or training you have provided as an instructor.
How do you define diversity? How can librarians ensure that resources and services meet the needs of a diverse student population?
|Questions could not be asked directly to committee. I emailed the following to HR: Is there a a first year program or campus orientation to introduce students to the library?|
Would the DE Instruction position serve both campuses? What are the on campus expectations for this position?
How does DE operate within the library considering faculty can request instruction from liaisons? Is there a collaborative process for online instruction through the liaison?
|Instruction Librarian||Community College||Instruction, Reference, Distance Education||Western US||Urban area||Also had 15 minute instruction prompt and 30 minute writing prompt|
|2/10/2020 11:18:23||Phone||First round||Describe the last time you committed a random act of kindness. What would you do if a child came up to the circulation desk to check out a copy of the Kama Sutra?||Senior Librarian||Public Library||Reference||Midwestern US||City/town|
|1/2/2020 11:00:05||In-person||First round||1. Describe your present duties and responsibilities.|
2. Describe the most complex problem you have solved.
3. In the past, how much work did you do alone or as part of a team?
4. Describe a time you went "beyond the call of duty"
5. What experience do you have with scanning / file formats / metadata?
6. What kind of things can a supervisor do to create a positive working environment?
7. How do you prioritize projects and what do you do if you can't complete them all by the deadline?
8. Describe how you would work to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and increasingly diverse.
|Para Pro 3 - Digitization focus||Academic Library||Cataloging/Technical Services, Web Services||Western US||Rural area|
|11/16/2019 8:37:50||Phone||First round||Please give us five words that best describe you as a person.|
What motivates you professionally?
Please tell us about your continuing education or professional development activities related to reference and/or instruction librarianship.
How does your background recommend you for this position?
What best practices, pedagogies, or guidelines would inform your library instruction at our library?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference||Southern US||Rural area|
|9/29/2019 9:03:45||Where do you work?|
What is the best part of your job?
What is the biggest challenge you've faced in the past month?
What is the last best thing you read online?
Do you have a favorite meme?
What is your favorite book?
What professional organizational committees or round tables are you a member of?
Would you ever want to be president of your professional organization?
What was (or is) your favorite class in library school? Least favorite?
What's one thing you would do if you knew that you could not fail?
How would people describe you in a sentence?
What conferences are you most excited about attending?
What exhibit booth at a conference has the best stuff?
What is your favorite pizza topping?
What library-related social event are you looking forward to most?
What inspired you to enter the library or information science field?
What non-conference things do you like to do during a conference?
How do you maintain a good work/life balance in your current position or grad program?
What's the funniest (or weirdest) thing that has happened to you in a library?
What is one thing you hope to learn at a conference?
What's one thing you would change about your professional organization? What is one thing you hope to gain as a member of your professional organization?
What's your Hogwarts House and/or patronus?
If you were stranded on a deserted island, which three people (dead or alive) would you want with you?
|These questions were for networking at ALA in Atlanta, so I switched out direct references to either ALA or Atlanta making them usable for networking at other conferences or even other networking events. I couldn't think of any better place to include these, and some of the questions seem to be good fits for in-person interviews where you have to go to lunch with a group of people and will need to make small talk.|
|9/28/2019 12:43:55||List of sample questions||Why did you choose librarianship as a career?|
Tell me about a project you are particularly proud of.
What are your current research interests and tell us about what you have done in the past? (In class examples are ok.)
Describe how you work under pressure. Do you anticipate problems effectively or just react to them?
Tell us about a team or group project you have worked on and how you contributed to it. What role do you tend to take?
How do you establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and faculty members?
Name a time when your creativity or alternative thinking solved a problem in your workplace.
What is your experience with digital resources and licensing/copyright issues?
Talk about your communication style, both to those you report to and to those who report to you.
How would you feel about cataloging materials you find offensive or objectionable?
What experience do you have with supervising and training professionals, paraprofessionals, or students?
How do you keep up with developments in the cataloging field.
What partnerships would you seek to form with other on-campus or off-campus entities?
What are your long-term goals for your career?
Tell us about your cataloging experience. What applications have you used?
How do you track ongoing assignments -- both for yourself and assignments that you give to your employees?
|9/18/2019 7:34:27||In-person||Third round||What kind of experience did I have with working with vendors?|
What computer skills did I have?
How many people have I supervised?
What do you know about databases and ejournals?
Data analysis/pulling stats?
Have you ever set up a database/ejournal/ebook trial?
Have you worked with EZproxy?
|Why was the position open?|
What did people like about working here?
How do the faculty/staff/students view the library?
Is the library supported by the University?
How is the University viewed by the community?
What big changes are upcoming?
What type of training is provided?
Is continuing education supported?
Is there an opportunity to be on a committee?
|Supervisory||Academic Library||Cataloging/Technical Services, Electronic Resources||Southern US||City/town||It was an all-day interview- 9am-4pm with an hour for lunch. The interview consisted of meeting with 5 different groups of people for about 30 minutes each and I also had to give a 20 minute presentation with Q & A after.|
|7/9/2019 15:04:15||In-person||In Person||What educational and professional experience do you have that would be useful for this job?|
What resources would you use to suggest a new title to a patron?
The library is committed to service excellence. How do you see yourself doing this in your work?
An outside organization is interested in starting a digital program at the library. What steps would you take to make this happen?
Do you have anything to add to the previous answers? Do you have any questions for us?
|Do they see changes coming or already happening such as-gentrification, more children, less children, etc., in the community and how does the library plan to respond?||Entry level||Public Library||Adult Services||Western US||Urban area|
|6/28/2019 19:45:44||In-person||First round||What interests you about this position?|
What Experience do you have with circulation and with customer support?
Can you work independently? Describe how you manage your time.
Describe a time you had conflict between coworkers or your boss? How did you handle it?
What does being a supervisor mean to you?
If you were hired, in what areas could you contribute immediately and where would you need more training?
|Supervisory||Academic Library||Circulation||Western US||City/town|
|6/28/2019 19:35:39||Skype/Video Chat||First round||How did you get interested in [foreign language required for the job]?|
What is a weakness that you have?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Our office is talkative. Are you comfortable with that?
You will be sitting a lot and doing repetitive tasks. How do you feel about that?
We will now test your language ability (had me read and transliterate two title pages)
|Are there opportunities for professional development?|
Are you willing to train me in basic RDA/Cataloging?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Cataloging/Technical Services||Western US||Urban area||This position was geared towards cataloging and ordering, specifically dealing with a foreign language. Language was the most important thing in the interview.|
|6/2/2019 10:23:55||In-person||Second round||What was the best team you've worked on, and how has that affected the way you work?|
How do you ensure you're using info and data ethically?
How can we empower you to take risks?
Where do you see reference services going in the next few years?
How do you incorporate new pedagogy and approaches in your teaching?
How do you like to engage users with collections?
|Faculty librarian / Liaison||Academic Library||Instruction, Outreach, Programming, Reference, Liaison||Western US||Urban area|
|6/2/2019 10:20:45||In-person||Second round||Describe a teaching experience that was successful, including what you did that was successful and how you assessed its success.|
What experience do you have working with students with very different levels of preparation?
How do you use technology in your teaching?
(This was a tenure track position.) What appeals to you about a tenure-track position, and what experiences have prepared you to succeed in the tenure and promotion process?
|Faculty librarian||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference, Liaison||Western US||City/town|
|6/2/2019 10:17:04||In-person||Second round||Describe experiences with outreach to faculty, students, and other campus stakeholders. What has/has not been successful? |
Give example of a time you've shown creativity/innovation.
Give example of a project you lead/designed, and rate/describe your project management skills.
What added value do you bring to this position?
What would be your top priorities during your first year, and how would you handle your areas of growth/challenges?
|Faculty librarian||Academic Library||Instruction, Outreach, Programming, Reference||Western US||Urban area|
|5/17/2019 1:07:25||In-person||Building a list/Initial screen||Library Assistant||Public Library||Hawaii||City/town|
|5/10/2019 13:18:55||In-person||first interview (committee) of two interviews||1. Describe your skills and experience with reference, instruction, and public services that have prepared you to be highly effective in this position and make you a good fit for your students.|
2. Describe a project that required both independent and collaborative work. Be sure to discuss how you balance both aspects of the project, how you assessed the project, and the outcome of the project.
3.Share an example of a library access or reference service you provided that reveals your philosophy of a library culture that intentionally welcomes and supports students from different backgrounds, abilities, and lived experiences.
4. What are two or three teaching strategies that you use to ensure all your students have an enriched learning experience? How do you determine if these strategies were successful?
5. Share and expand on a concept, theory, practice, or pedagogy that moved you to reflect on your role as a teacher to empower underserved students in higher education.
|1. What policy concerns are currently being addressed at the library?|
2. What is expected to be accomplished in this position within the first 90 days?
3. What are the outreach and collaboration challenges the library currently faces on this campus?
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference, Public Services||Western US||Urban area||Community College system|
|4/10/2019 13:36:11||Skype/Video Chat||Second round||- What attracted you to this position?|
- What parts of your job do you find most fulfilling?
- What do you like the most and least about your current job?
- How would you handle an angry patron?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What parts of the job that we've described interest you the most, and what qualities do you possess that would make you excel in that part of the job?
- Are you able to stand/climb/bend/etc.?
- Would you be able to stay in this job for at least 2 years?
- Is there anything you want us to know about you that you haven't covered yet?
|- What ILS do you use?|
- What is the extent of this position's interaction with the secondary branch in [city]?
|Library Assistant||Academic Library||Cataloging/Technical Services||Eastern USA||Urban area|
|4/8/2019 18:35:00||In-person||First round||1. Why did you apply for this job? What attracted you to [college]?|
2. How do you keep yourself on task and accurate when doing mundane, routine work?
3. What would people who know you say is your biggest strength and biggest weakness?
4. Describe your customer service experience.
5. What part of this job would you need help with at first and what part can you already do?
6. Describe a time you processed a lot of materials or had to keep track of a large inventory.
7. Describe a time in your previous jobs that you had to use a lot of manual dexterity? [in relation to job duty performing bookbinding/ mending]
|How many students are on campus and how well used is the library? How many of the job responsibilities are shared vs. solely up to me?|
What's your favorite thing about this campus?
|Paraprofessional||community college library||Adult Services, Cataloging/Technical Services, Reference, materials processing||Western US||Rural area|
|4/4/2019 16:38:53||In-person||First round||1. Why are you interested in the position?|
2. How has your education and training prepared you?
3. What areas could you contribute immediately and what do you need to improve on first?
4. What experience do you have working with this type of collection?
5. Tell us about your customer service experience.
6. How do you approach working with a group?
7. How do you prioritize multiple tasks?
8. Describe a time when you had to make a decision without a policy or guideline in place.
|How did each of you come to this library and what is your favorite part of your work?|
How many of the things listed in the job description are shared duties with other people working here and how much of it would be solely up to me?
How is the political climate on campus and in the surrounding town? Is it diverse/inclusive?
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Adult Services, Cataloging/Technical Services, Liaison, Reference||Western US||Rural area|
|3/30/2019 13:38:09||Phone||First round||Please describe how your work and other experiences have prepared you to be XXX. What intrigues you about this position?|
Please describe your experience working with electronic resources in a library context.
Please tell us about the systems you have used in libraries and to what extent.
This job is very detailed and will require the ability to focus on multiple tasks at a time. What are some ways you stay organized? How do you prioritize your work?
Tell us about a time when you played a significant role on a team project. What was the project? What was your role? What did you learn from this experience?
Tell us about an initiative or project that you were part of that focused on supporting a diverse population. What was your role? What were the outcomes?
Can you tell us what you like most about your current or most recent position? Can you also tell us what you find most challenging?
How would you describe your ideal work environment?
|What do you see as the primary challenges facing the person who will be hired for this position?|
How does the library support professional development?
What do you like about working at the library and what do you find to be more challenging?
What kinds of projects or initiatives have come out of the library to support diversity and inclusion?
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Electronic Resources||Northeastern US||Urban area|
|3/20/2019 16:54:26||In-person||First round||What would you do if a teen asked you for materials or resources regarding the topic of transgender people?|
Describe a time when you assumed a leadership position successfully.
What interests you most about working here?
|What does your ideal makerspace program look like in the next five years?|
What about working in this specific library system makes you most proud?
|YA Librarian||Public Library||Teen Services||Southern US||City/town|
|3/19/2019 10:11:30||Skype/Video Chat||First round||1. Tell us about your reference experience.|
2. Tell us about your experience working with diverse populations.
3. What IL strategies have you found most effective?
4. What tools have you used to assess IL instruction?
5. Tell us about a problem you encountered and how you solved it.
6. Tell us about a work project you're proud of.
7. What unique personality trait/value will you bring to this job?
8. Tell us about your experience working with faculty.
|Favorite part about working there?|
Professional development opportunities/funding?
Percentage time on reference/instruction/collection development?
How are teaching assignments decided on for LIB 1500 course?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference||Western US||Suburban area|
|3/10/2019 15:19:28||In-person||Second round||Senior Librarian||Public Library||Adult Services, Liaison, Programming, Reference||usa||denver|
|3/5/2019 10:38:05||Phone||First round||Why are you interested in this position? |
What aspect of it interests you the most?
Please describe the work you do in your current or past job to manage electronic resources and/or serials.
Can you describe or give an example of how you would go about resolving an access issue to an online database or electronic journal?
How have you gathered and analyzed usage and/or pricing data to assess your electronic resources and/or serials?
This position negotiates prices with vendors and reviews license agreements. Please describe your experience in these areas.
In your current or former position, have you worked with subject librarians or IT staff to make decisions on electronic resources? If yes, can you give an example?
This position supervises two full-time staff members and indirectly supervises student employees . Please tell us your supervisory or management experience.
Do you have any questions for us?
|Why is this position available? And how long has it been available?|
What do you see as the primary challenges facing the person who will be hired for this position?
What are you hoping for your new hire to accomplish in the first 3 months on the job?
What support is provided for professional development?
What do you like about working at XXX University? And what do you find more challenging?
|Supervisory||Academic Library||Serials/Electronic Resources||Northeastern US||Urban area|
|3/5/2019 9:03:42||Skype/Video Chat||Second round||-Can you elaborate on your teaching experience?|
-How would you incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in this position?
-How do personally operate in a working environment?
-Your library is big; how would you envision work at a smaller library?
-What is compelling about this area (small, remote)?
-How do you ensure stakeholder interest?
-How would you expand the information literacy program?
-What kinds of emerging technology have you used to teach a class?
-How do you engage students in person and online?
-How much do you want this position? Why should we pay for you to fly out here for in-person interviews?
|-What kinds of diversity programs and initiatives are being implemented in the library? |
-What was the greatest strength or accomplishment of the incumbent in this position?
-What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the job/institution?
-What kinds of professional development and training funds or opportunities do you offer?
-How soon would you want someone to start?
-When can I expect to hear back about this position?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference||Midwestern US||Suburban area||It's going to be fine. You will find the right job for you.|
|3/5/2019 8:31:15||Phone||Building a list/Initial screen||Describe your experience as the person in charge of a customer service desk.|
Describe your experience assisting people with technology.
If you speak a language other than English, describe your fluency in that language.
What is your experience working with kids and teens? What skills do you think are important?
Describe how you handled a situation where there was no clear policy.
What other skills or interests do you bring to this position?
|Library Assistant||Public Library||Adult Services, Reference||Midwestern US||City/town|
|2/27/2019 13:37:20||N/A||N/A||Western US||City/town||Anthony|
I want to hire librarians.
Russian River Pub
11829 River Road
Forestville California 95436
|2/26/2019 12:05:28||Phone||First round||-What made you interested in this institution and its location?|
-Describe a challenge you faced recently and what you did to solve it
-This position works collaboratively with many different faculty members, can you describe an experience you've had that relates?
-What's a workplace accomplishment that you are most proud of?
-Tell us about your teaching experience
-What do you think is important about information literacy?
|-How the position came about-- is this position supporting (current person)? |
-Do you have a percentage in mind for how much time would be spent on reference duties versus on instruction?
-Can you tell me more about (specific course) and how the information literacy is worked in?
-(Institution) appears to have about 11% of students in distance learning; although only about 100 take courses exclusively online, have you considered putting together online tutorials for these students to work through?
-Where do you see the department going in the next 5 years?
-(Specific person), I see you're the head of the writing center; can you tell me more about the connections and collaborations are between the library and writing center?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference||Midwestern US||Urban area||Deep breaths. Take your time. Think about specific examples to give.|
|2/25/2019 13:02:20||In-person||First round|
|2/11/2019 14:58:17||Skype/Video Chat||First round||What interests you in this position?|
What duties could you do right away and which would you need time to develop?
How would you contribute to diversity?
What is the most important part of a successful collaboration?
What teaching experience do you have?
How would you learn about another subject area if you have to pick it up?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference||Western US||Suburban area|
|2/1/2019 5:49:38||Phone||Building a list/Initial screen||1. What experience have you had with adults in public libraries and why do you think you're the best candidate for this job?|
2. Tell us about a difficult situation you've experienced in the library. How did you respond and what did you learn?
3. Tell us about a time when you led a change in a workplace.
4. Tell us about your experience in genealogy.
5. Tell us about your experience working with seniors in the library.
6. Tell us your experience with offering services to young adults.
|How many people work in the Community and Engagement unit?|
How does the person in this position interact with the Community Outreach Services unit?
How much time (generally speaking, in a given week) does the person in this position work inside vs. outside of the library?
Would I be responsible for certain programs or initiatives right off the bat?
|At least one year of experience||Public Library||Adult Services, Outreach, Programming||Midwestern US||City/town||I was offered an in-person interview the next day.|
|12/17/2018 11:55:23||Skype/Video Chat||First round||1. Why are you interested in this position? This institution?|
2. How do you define diversity? How do you encourage people to honor individual qualities/uniqueness? How do you challenge stereotypes?
3. What job duties are you comfortable doing right away and which might you need help with?
4. How do you handle a tough research question?
5. Tell us about a time you asked for help on a project...
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
7. What's the key to collaboration/teamwork?
8. How will you set this library apart and demonstrate your worthiness for tenure?
9. Tell us about a challenging project you had and how you handled it...
|1. What are the opportunities for professional development?|
2. Characterize the relationship between this business library and the main campus library...
3. Which classes or students would I be responsible for teaching?
4. Any chances to engage students before semester starts through workshops/orientation?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Liaison, Reference||Western US||Urban area||Be sure to rehearse your answer to many, many aspects of the diversity question. It can be tricky and can lead to a long-winded answer.|
|12/10/2018 6:48:55||In-person||First round||- Based on the job description and requirements, describe 5 skills/work experience that make you an ideal candidate for this position. |
- Based on the job description and requirements, describe 5 of your personality traits that make you an ideal candidate for this position.
- We are interested in your experience delivering public service to members from all age groups. Can you explain any of your experiences delivering public service to children, teens, and adults?
- How would you go about evaluating the collection and how often would you evaluate the collection?
- Which library technology do you have experience with?
- Scenario: you are on the reference desk and a patron comes to you and says one of the books in the library is not appropriate. What do you do?
- Scenario: you are alone on the reference desk. The phone is ringing and there are 2 people in line wanting to ask you something. What do you do?
- Scenario: A teen comes in and wants information about global warming. What do you do? Describe in detail.
- What makes you a unique candidate?
- What do you think is the most challenging part of customer service?
- What do you know about [the region the library is located]? What do you know about [the specific library system]?
- Role play: one of the interviewers played a patron looking for a specific book; I had to help them navigate the catalogue and find the book
|- Would I be working at all of the branches, or just one? |
- What is the biggest challenge [the specific library] is facing today?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
|Entry level||Public Library||Children’s Services, Programming, Reference||Canada||Suburban area||Be familiar with the organization (it's structure, services, programs, etc.)! Prepare your responses to common interview questions and practice them out loud with a friend (or even a pet or a mirror). You got this!|
|12/3/2018 15:21:32||Skype/Video Chat||First round||What interests you most about this position and working at this institution?|
What duties would I feel comfortable doing right away and which one would I need help with?
How would you support diversity in this position?
What is the key ingredient to collaboration, in your experience?
How would you learn about another subject if you had to learn?
|What are biggest challenges of this position?|
What kind of collaboration exists between the library and special collections?
Which subjects specifically would I be the librarian for?
|Entry level||Academic Library||Instruction, Liaison, Reference||Western US||Suburban area|
|8/30/2018 15:02:20||In-person||First round||1. Why are you applying for this job? What qualifies you for this job?|
2. Can you demonstrate us what you'd do if you were assigned to do a story time with this book?
3. List some of of the programs at the library for 1 minute.
4. Situational Question: You are at the service desk. The phone is ringing. A patron is telling you about conspiracy theories, and another one is frustrated because they need help with the printer. What would you do?
5. Situational Question: You see a librarian giving wrong information to a patron, what would you do?
6. What was one mistake that you did in your previous job and how you handled it?
|Library Technician||Public Library||Children’s Services, Programming, Teen Services||Western US||City/town|
|8/8/2018 14:46:36||In-person||First round||Tell us about your experience with electronic resources and why you should be considered for this position.|
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Tell us what customer service means to you and give us an example of how you achieved good customer service.
What do you see in the role of an Electronic Resources Librarian & Web Manager at this university setting and what do you hope to bring to the library?
Share an experience when you applied new technology or information in your job. How did it help the library?
Tell us your experience working in groups, committees, or teams to accomplish a time-sensitive objective.
Describe your professional development activities.
If you were assigned a task that you were not familiar with, what would be your next steps? What would you do?
Describe an instance where you had to take initiative.
What do you do when you have multiple priorities?
Explain your experiences working with Integrated Library Systems. Which systems are you familiar with?
What other specific software/programs are your familiar with and how can they be used to improve services for the library?
What important goals have you set in the past, and how successful have you been in working toward their accomplishment?
If you were given $5,000 to spend on materials in your assigned collection development area, how would you proceed? What would your priorities be?
|What is the day-to-day of this position involve?|
What do the role and duties encompass --big-picture?
|Senior Librarian||Academic Library||Cataloging/Technical Services, Web Services||Southern US||Rural area||Job title was "Electronic Services Librarian II & Web Manager"|
|8/6/2018 11:29:45||In-person||Second round||Give an example of a collection you worked on.|
Tell us about a time when you had two options and how you chose one.
What do you do for fun?
What does "working for the long term" mean to you?
What are some of the core aspects of an archive as you see it?
How do you ensure the privacy of [restricted] records when patrons ask for them?
Describe a time when you worked on a large, multi-person collection project?
What is your experience working with born digital collections and with disc imaging?
How did you deal with disagreements?
Hypothetical: A research question comes in and needs an answer by the end of the day. It will take multiple people to fulfill their needs. What do you do?
What would you tell the patron if you couldn't find what they were looking for?
|Do you like working here?|
What kind of work do you do here?
What sort of patrons do you get?
What types of software do you use day to day?
|contract assistant archivist||private archives||Reference, archival processing||Western US||Urban area|
|7/29/2018 6:26:11||In-person||Campus interview||1) What would you describe as your greatest achievement?|
2) How does this position fit into your short- & long-term goals?
3) What are the first three initiatives you would work on, if you were chosen for this position?
4) What methods, tools, and best practices do you utilize to keep up with competing demands?
5) How would you describe what it means to be innovative in library science?
6) What have you read recently (related to the library field) that you would recommend and why?
7) Tell us about your experience with collection development.
8) Scenario question about how to handle a perpetually-late employee.
9) What are the values/programs offered by the college that make you want to join?
|How do you mentor new librarians at your library?|
Can you tell me about the annual library budget and the proportion spent on acquisitions?
I'd love to hear more about the student population/student workers and how they view & engage with the library.
Is there an incentive program (formal or informal) in place to reward the student workers and staff for excellent service?
Do you have a sense of the direction the college is heading and how the library fits into that growth?
How do you handle internal documentation in your workplace?
|Department Head||Academic Library||Cataloging/Technical Services, Instruction, Web Services, Access Services||Southern US||City/town|
|7/23/2018 13:21:16||Phone||First round||Tell us about yourself and who you are.|
What technologies do you use in your library instruction?
What is the most important part of library instruction for you when providing it in a formal setting?
Describe a time recently when you promoted a new or innovative program, tool, or technology in the library.
How do you use information literacy in your instruction?
Can you give an example of a time that you helped or assisted a college program or department with non-traditional needs such as a tech-leaning vocational program, especially with regards to open educational resources?
(There were 9 questions, but I was so nervous and flustered that I cannot remember them all.)
|Was your campus location established before or after the merger/re-branding?|
Is this job post one that you've always had or a new one that you've recently created? (asked because my assumption is there was a re-titling due to the tech-y title, but basic job duties)
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Instruction||Southern US||City/town|
|7/9/2018 4:23:02||In-person||First round||Why do you want to work here?|
How do you evaluate online information?
Give me an example of when you have successfully managed a project.
How do you go about searching for literature?
How do you maintain attention to detail?
How do you communicate complex information to a range of audiences, particularly those with less knowledge than yourself?
|What would the priorities be for the role in the first three months?|
Is there anything you would like me to clarify or expand on from earlier in the interview?
What happens next in the process?
|Senior Librarian||Non-library based information role||Medical||UK||City/town|
|6/28/2018 17:27:04||In-person||Second round||1) What are your qualifications and experiences working with children?|
2) If a patron fell asleep at a computer, what would you do?
3) Describe a time you resolved a conflict between a co-worker?
4) If someone was struggling to understand a program software, and even after you explained and s/he still didn't understand it, what would you do?
5) Describe a project you oversaw, how was it executed, what was most difficult, how did you correct this?
6) What is good customer service?
7) What is your understanding of the job?
|Library Assistant||Public Library||Adult Services, Children’s Services, Reference||Western US||Urban area||It was a challenging! But nerves was the biggest culprit. Just be honest and sincere with your responses, and it's really the best you can do.|
|6/4/2018 7:26:43||Skype/Video Chat||First round||1. How have you incorporated the ACRL Framework into your instruction, and what teaching methods have you found the most effective?|
2. From a library perspective, describe 3 concepts you would teach a first year student.
3. What systems have you used to provide virtual reference services in the past? What was the extent of your involvement? (User, coordinator, administrator?)
4. Describe a project where you’ve had to analyze and apply statistics. What tools did you use?
5. Describe a time you had to ask questions and listen carefully to clarify the exact nature of a student’s research project.
6. What have you researched in the past? What are your current research interests? What do you see yourself researching in the future?
(These in addition to the general interview questions)
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Instruction, Reference||Southern US||City/town||Tenure track position, hour long Skype interview. Test Skype connection if they offer to do that!|
|5/17/2018 9:13:40||In-person||First round||Tell us about 1 or 2 accomplishments that you’re proud of. What challenges did you face?|
What is your collection development philosophy?
Tell us about a time where you had to consult with your supervisor about a work related issue and when you felt you could act on your own.
Tell us about effectively communicating a difficult idea to a supervisor and/or a subordinate. What kind of communication do you prefer?
Tell us about your supervisory experience and management style. How do you keep staff accountable?
What is the difference between equality and equity of access and how can a librarian affect the community
What is your process to promote adult programming
What would your previous supervisors say about your ability to handle non-routine tasks?
Why do you want to be assistant manager
|Priorities, expectations, staff levels, goals for the branch and for the position.|
What is your preferred method of communication.
What are the biggest opportunities and challenges that you see in the immediate and long range?
How would you describe the community's opinion of the library
Are there specific projects you have in mind for the person in this position?
Tell me about the people I would be managing? What do their daily tasks look like? Is there anything you would like to change about their job/title?
What current outreach are you doing?
What kind of adult programming has worked for your branch.
|Supervisory||Public Library||Adult Services, Programming||Southern US||Urban area|
|5/10/2018 11:15:48||In-person||Second round||Why should we hire you?|
Tell us how you handle difficult patrons, including faculty?
How would you use your skills in this position?
How does this position fit your career goals?
What do you look for in a supervisor?
How would you handle reference questions when you're only staff member in library?
How would you handle an emergency/fire alarm if you were only staff member?
How do you see this position fitting with the library's strategic plan?
What are you most excited about in this position and what do you see as its challenges?
Tell us about a time you thought outside the box to solve a problem.
Tell us about a time you encountered poor communication about something and how you solved it.
What value would you most like to see in the workplace and from your team?
|What's your favorite part of working in this library?|
Will this position change from now until it's filled?
Regarding the library's strategic plan, what are you excited about accomplishing and what's still to come in the next two years?
What are the biggest challenges of this position?
|User Experience Ambassador||Academic Library||Liaison, Reference||Western US||Suburban area|
|4/30/2018 11:53:20||Phone||First round|
|3/27/2018 10:45:46||In-person||First round||Describe your proficiency with technology? What is your preferred management style? If you had all the money and resources in the world, what kind of program would you choose to present for your patrons? Describe your best/worst day at work.||What are some community organizations that your partner with? What is your favorite part about working for this branch/system?||Entry level||Public Library||Children’s Services, Programming, Reference, Teen Services||Southern US||Suburban area|
|3/22/2018 18:00:09||In-person||First round||- Rate on a scale of 1-10 (1 being low, 10 being high) how much tolerance do you have for loud children?|
- Tell us about how you handled one of the biggest responsibilities given to you at a previous job.
- Tell us about some of your favorite children's books
- What techniques do you use during your storytimes to promote early literacy skills?
- Describe 2 books, one for teens and one for tweens, that you would recommend if you were filling in during a shift on the teen desk.
- How would you handle a situation in which a group of children were being super loud in the early literacy play area?
- How would you approach a loud group of teenagers having a conversation in the middle of the foyer walkway?
- You're on the evening children's reference desk shift. The phone is ringing off the hook, there is a line of people in front of you at the desk, kids keep coming up to you saying a certain toy in the play area isn't working, and you have to put together a book bag request for a teacher: how do you address each patron's need and in what order, and why?
|- Three months from the date of hire, how do you expect the person taking this position to grow and adjust to it?|
- What is something you would say you love about working here? Your staff?
- Describe a challenge the library is currently facing at 3 different levels: Youth Services, Library as a whole, and in the context of the greater community/city.
- What does collaboration and innovation look like within the YS department?
|Two or more years of experience||Public Library||Children’s Services||Midwestern US||City/town||Make a print portfolio and bring it with you to your interview. It helps when you reference programs you've done in the past!|
|3/17/2018 6:40:57||In-person||Second round||Please tell us what appeals to you about both this position and the library? Why have you chosen to apply? |
Which of your qualities and characteristics are most relevant for this position? What do you see as your strengths? What are your areas for growth?
How would you work with staff within the library to facilitate ongoing engagement with the research community? What methods would you use to establish effective working relationships?
Please describe your experience in working collaboratively with faculty and researchers on such projects as programming and special events, publications, conferences and symposia, as well as curricular and research use of collections.
Describe a project that you have designed, implemented, and/or managed or oversaw. How would you describe and rate your project management skills and your ability to deliver desired results and manage people as part of the process?
How do you identify and work with faculty members whose first inclination is not to turn to the library? What specific tactics have worked/not worked to increase their connections with and use of library collections and services?
What are some of the techniques you use to teach and engage in a culturally responsive way?
What do you consider to be the main challenges facing academic libraries in terms of engagement with research, especially in the humanities and social sciences?
Describe your experiences and abilities working in a team-based environment. a. What strategies do you use to initiate ,promote, and foster teamwork? b. What role do you tend to adopt when you are team member and not the team chair/official lead?
How would you describe your professional philosophy and style?
How would you describe your approach to library instruction using emerging technologies? a. What do you do to continue to grow and develop in this area? b. What is a technology you recently tried and loved or tried and won't use again? Why?
Please tell us about a professional experience in which things did not work out as you had hoped. What role did you play? What did you learn from this experience? What might you do differently next time?
More and more students are demanding accountability on issues of race and equity across campus. How have you responded? What areas of growth do you see for yourself and for libraries in general around issues of race and equity?
How do you measure success? (Both personal success and team success.)
Please tell us about an article that you've read recently or an idea presented at a conference in the last year that you think others in the profession should engage with. Why?
Now that you've had an opportunity to meet and interview with a number of individuals and groups, what are your impressions, thoughts, and questions about the position and the library? Has anything changed in this regard from earlier in the day or earlier in the search process?
If you took this position, what areas might prove most challenging during your early tenure? How would you compensate for any shortcomings?
Discovery, creativity, and innovation are hallmarks at [institution]. How doy ou approach learning new skills or methodologies, and exploring new fields? Give us an example of where you have shown or inspired creativity and innovation to address a professional challenge or commence a new project or program.
What would be your top priorities during your first year?
Besides your professional experience and expertise, what would you like us to know about you that is not in your application materials?
|Would you characterize the work of [x] division as largely team-driven or individually work focused? A combination?|
How about the library's relationship with campus units at large? Are there areas, partnerships, or services that you wish were better served across the designated liaison areas?
As [x] fields integrate computational methods into their research, how much does your work involve supporting the development of the skills inside the library? Is it solely through programs like [x] you've created, or are there other offerings that get at these skills?
How would you characterize working within the quarter system? What opportunities, or challenges, does it present?
What do you love about working here? What's challenging?
Has the new organizational style your recent re-org created positioned you to better tackle or explore new projects? And if so, can you describe them in detail?
What efforts have you undertaken to address issues of diversity and inclusion across the libraries/campus?
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Instruction, Liaison, Outreach||Northeastern US||Urban area||I made liberal use of breaks during the interview day, and would absolutely suggest you do the same! Take a bathroom break, even if you don't need to use the restroom. Doing so helped me gather my thoughts and take deep breaths after each interview encounter.|
|3/15/2018 18:30:16||In-person||First round||Entry level||Public Library||Adult Services, Children’s Services, Reference, Teen Services||Northeastern US||Urban area|
|3/14/2018 11:48:01||Supplemental application questions||Application||Library Assistant||Instruction||Canada||City/town|
|3/6/2018 12:49:22||Skype/Video Chat||First round||Can you tell us about an instructional experience that didn't go as expected; what did you learn from it? |
In what ways have you supported diversity and inclusion at your institution?
How do you approach collaborating on a project with other colleagues or individuals who have drastically different wants or needs than you do?
Can you tell us about a specific time when you provided humanities or social sciences research support? What kinds of tools did you use?
|Are there designated subjects/departments this role will liaise with, or does it serve as more of a generalist to support the disciplines in their entirety? |
How would you characterize the audience of the students most of you interact with? Do you see more graduate students using the Research Library? Or is it slightly different?
How has the culture of your reorganization efforts impacted the work librarians do since its inception? Do you feel this new organizational structure's provided you with more opportunities to tackle new challenges?
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Instruction, Liaison, Outreach, Reference||Northeastern US||Urban area||You got this! Keep at it!|
|2/14/2018 12:40:06||In-person||First round||Why do you want to work here?|
Speak to how your education and work experience make you well suited for this position.
Are you comfortable with public speaking and can you tell us about any experience with it?
Speak to experience with grant writing.
Speak to experience with digital museums/online exhibits.
Speak to experience with website management.
Speak to experience conducting and processing oral history interviews.
Speak to your communication skills with regard to competing interests and expectations from multiple supervisors.
Speak to how you balance long and short-term priorities under time constraints.
Speak to a time that you used creativity to solve a problem in the workplace.
Speak to your experience supervising others. Follow-up: Since this is a part-time position and your schedule may not overlap with volunteer availability, how would you approach that challenge?
Speak to your experience with appraisal of donation offers/collection material. Follow-up: How would you deal with having to say no to someone wanting to donate material that isn’t needed for the collection?
Can you talk about your experience with processing collections at item level versus series level? Follow-up: How do you feel about MPLP?
How would you go about educating yourself on the subject matter of the collection and history of the associated community so as to conduct reference and outreach for the collection?
[With regard to a recent event the organization had hosted to highlight its collections, which I attended….] What did you think about the event? Follow-up: Would you make any changes were we to do it again?
Where do you see your future as an archivist in 3 to 5 years?
Are you comfortable with the salary advertised for the position?
Are you able to work [particular day of the week] and are you flexible with schedule?
|Does the archives have a social media presence? If not, has that been discussed?|
Can you tell me more about the organization’s processing workflow?
Can you tell me more about the organization’s collection development process? How is the archivist involved?
Can you tell me more about the relationship between the archives and parent organization?
Are there any major new priorities or upcoming projects the archivist is slated to work on?
Do you have a favorite item or collection in the Archives?
Is there funding support for professional development?
How will orientation and training be conducted?
Who would be my main contacts as I get acquainted with the position?
|Archives||Outreach, Reference, Collection Development, Processing||Western US||Urban area||Panel of 5 interviewers|
|2/14/2018 11:38:48||In-person||Second round||What is your management style? What do you like most and least about managing people?|
Describe a situation where you initiated change. What was it and what steps did you take?
How do you encourage and develop employee collaboration?
How has your present job developed you to take on even greater responsibilities?
How do you mediate conflict to ultimately resolve the problem? What is your follow-up strategy?
Could you please give us examples of how you would handle unhappy patrons and staff problems?
What techniques do you use to motivate staff?
Tell us about a time when you facilitated change with an employee whose work was unsatisfactory.
Please provide an example of time when you identified a potential problem and resolved the situation before it became serious.
Please summarize your supervisory experience in previous positions in terms of the number of people you supervised and your level of responsibility.
Many libraries are being asked to increase their hours of service while experiencing reductions in staff. What strategies would you employ to address this?
Anything else you think we need to know that we did not ask you?
Do you have any questions for us?
|Director/Dean||Academic Library||Midwestern US||Urban area|
|2/14/2018 11:37:55||Phone||First round||1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.|
2. What attracted you to this position and how does this position further your professional goals?
3. Why do you think you are the right person for this position?
4. Explain your approach to service in an academic library.
5. What is your management style? Please provide examples.
6. How do you encourage and develop employee collaboration?
7. Most academic libraries have a traditional organizational structure, department heads reporting to a central figure. If you were given the opportunity would you change this, and if so how?
8. What part of this position do you think you would find the most challenging and why?
9. The person in this position needs to innovative and proactive. Can you describe some things you have done to demonstrate these qualities?
10. What do you see as the future of academic libraries?
a. There is a recent trend to renovate libraries to include makerspaces and other collaborative spaces. What are your thoughts on this?
11. Can you give an example of a time when you had to think on your feet?
12. What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a librarian?
13. If you were hiring someone for this job, what qualities would you look for?
14. Anything else you think we need to know that we did not ask you?
15. Do you have any questions for us?
|Supervisory||Academic Library||Midwestern US||Urban area|
|2/11/2018 14:28:25||In-person||First round||Department Head||Public Library||Adult Services||Midwestern US||City/town|
|1/4/2018 9:13:07||In-person||First/Only Round||Why do you want this position? And why at X University? |
What is your customer service philosophy?
Do you have experience using a shared service desk model? Explain your experiences.
What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?
Scenario questions- what would you do if an unruly patron came up to you demanding a reference appointment when you have meetings? What would you do if an important student/distinguished faculty member/VIP/etc needed immediate attention/reference assistance even though you were already helping another student who was there first?
Please give us three examples of interesting questions you've been asked, and what steps you took to help that patron.
Please walk us through finding an article on pubmed, and how you would teach this.
Please list some medical/biomed databases you've used.
Have you used BLAST? [I answered yes.] Walk us through looking up a sequence on BLAST.
What types of programming have you created? How do you evaluate the success of your programming/improve?
How do you approach planning for an instruction session?
Please give us examples of instruction you've done in the past.
What is your instruction philosophy?
What experience do you have with helping students within their clinicals?
How do you prepare to present important information in a professional setting? (This made more sense at the interview- something like a board meeting/meeting with a provost)
How would you show the worth of the library?
How have you used your [library school specialization] in your professional library experience?
What were your favorite classes in library school, and how did they prepare you for your career?
Please tell us about your favorite job so far.
What do you like to do for fun?
What is your 5-year plan?
|How can the person who fills this position best help you? |
Has this position been filled before, or is this a new position? Will there be flexibility with duties?
When will I hear back?
What is your favorite part about working at X University?
|Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Instruction, Liaison, Medical, Programming, Reference||Midwestern US||Urban area||I got the job! Good luck to other job seekers. During the lunch portion of the interview they threw me a major curve ball that I had not prepared for. Stay on your toes.|
|12/27/2017 3:31:33||In-person||First round||Library Assistant||Academic Library||Instruction|
|12/13/2017 12:03:27||In-person||Only round||-Tell us about your supervisory experience. What is your management style and how do you hold staff accountable?|
-Here's the description for the job, do you see anything which might be a problem?
-What kind of supervisor gets the best work from you?
-How do you handle complaints or confusion from patrons and/or staff?
-How do you contribute to staff morale?
-Tell us about your ability to manage time.
-What is your experience with Collection Development? What are some ways you have increased numbers?
-Give us an example of how you resolved an issue with a coworker.
-What's your biggest mistake you've made at work?
|-Tell me about the demographics of your branch.|
-What kind of adult programming has worked for your branch.
-Day to day for Assistant Manager
|Assistant Manager||Public Library||Adult Services, Reference, Management||Southern US||Urban area|
|12/6/2017 14:39:18||In-person||Application||Branch Manager||Public Library||Midwestern US||City/town|
|11/17/2017 8:41:09||In-person||Third round||Two or more years of experience||Academic Library||Adult Services||India||Urban area|