Tag Archive for Interviews

Why We Should Banish Business Suits for Interviews

by Naomi House, MLIS Why We Should Banish Business Suits for Interviews When I graduated from high school back in 1995 I had no idea just how different college was going to be, especially the costs.  We were rural and poor to lower middle class growing up, though lower middle class might be a stretch. …

Over Prepare Then Go with the Flow

by Sarah Porter, former Head Editor, INALJ California previously published 12/17/13 Over Prepare Then Go with the Flow Yesterday I opened a fortune cookie with ideal advice for someone prepping for a job interview. It read: “over prepare then go with the flow”. I am actively seeking jobs and interviewing, as I am relocating to…

Resilience During (and Beyond) the Job Hunt

Resilience During (and Beyond) the Job Hunt by Julia Feerrar I once applied for a job that, in many ways, felt like it had been made just for me. I progressed through a phone interview and then an on-campus interview, feeling confident and excited. While of course I knew that there must be quite a…

Conflict in the Job Interview: How to Approach the Tricky Questions

by Ruth Lincoln, former Senior Assistant, INALJ Washington, DC  previously published 10/4/13 & 8/29/14 Conflict in the Job Interview: How to Approach the Tricky Questions A job interview isn’t complete without a little conflict. That is, questions about how you handle conflict. A great employee knows how to stay calm when plans go awry, attitudes clash,…

Cover Letters: They’re Kind of a BIG DEAL!

Cover Letters: They’re Kind of a BIG DEAL! by Natalie Browning, Senior Assistant, INALJ DC Cover Letter. Letter of Interest. I dare you to find a job posting that does not require you to write a letter about your qualifications. Sending in a resume is not enough; the hiring committee wants to see not only…

Open thank you note to past search participants

Open thank you note to past search participants by Mary-Michelle Moore, Senior Editor It takes many people in the library to successfully hire a new librarian. While the head of the search committee (and sometimes the whole committee) gets a thank you note, many people involved in the interview day do not get much recognition.…

So, you have an interview?

So, you have an interview? by Amy Steinbauer, Senior Assistant, INALJ California I am having a bit of an interview streak. In the past month, I have been on 8 job interviews, and they have all been extremely different. Hopefully, one will pan out into a real job! The following examples mostly pertain to a public…

Matt Shangler …In Six

My interview with success story Matt Shangler Naomi: How did you find your current job? Matt: I was previously employed as a Library Assistant at the Duke Medical Library and learned of the Archivist vacancy through an internal announcement. Naomi: Favorite library you have been to? Matt: It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the…

Chris Bourg …In Six

My interview with Assistant University Librarian for Public Services at the Stanford University Libraries and Feral Librarian, Chris Bourg! Naomi: What blogs should we be reading? Chirs: Sadly, I’m finding that there are very few academic librarians blogging regularly – and even fewer library administrators. So let me take this opportunity to call on my…

Emily Singley …In Six

My interview with success story Emily Singley Naomi: How did you find your current job? Emily: I set up a customized feed at Higher Ed Jobs. I also saw it posted on INALJ and Simmons GSLIS Jobline. I had all my job site feeds coming into Google Reader, and also set up a list of…

Bobbi Newman …In Six

My interview with Librarian by Day, Bobbi Newman Naomi: What is your dream job and why? Bobbi: I recently returned to school full time to pursue my Masters in Public Policy. So much of the work I was doing was related to the digital divide and 21st century literacies, I kept running into issues surrounding…

Stephanie Altbier …In Six

My interview with Stephanie Altbier. Stephanie also wrote an article on Frequently Asked Interview Questions for INALJ.com Naomi: How did you find your current job? Stephanie: I found the job announcement for the Digital Library Technician at the National Park Service on the University of Maryland ISchoolDiscussion listserv. Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?…

Ellie Collier …In Six

My interview with Ellie of In the Library with the Lead Pipe Naomi: What is your dream job and why? Ellie: If they need a librarian at the Franklin Institute, that could be a top contender. And if we’re dreaming big enough for me to also magically have the competencies required, I’d also be happy…

What exactly is …In Six?

In Six is a series of interviews I have been doing with innovative librarians and information professionals and is one of my secret weapons for finding out job hunting tips. I am planning on diversifying INALJ.com by adding recipes, articles, top ten lists, etc starting in December, but these popular interviews will continue as well…