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Article List
Academic Libraries
      Disaster Recovery at Rio Hondo Community College
      Serials Holding Display Project at University of Southern California
      Staffing Strategies in Academic Libraries

AIM in the News
      Belinda Beardt, Speaker at SBVC Fall Convocation
      Belinda Beardt, Speaker at SCALL Fall Meeting
      Linda McKell Awarded the Mark Baer Award

AIM Services
      AIM Outplacement Services

Job Search Tips
      Electronic Resume
      Frequently Asked Interview Questions
      Interviewing Tips & Techniques
      Interviewing: From Both Sides of the Table
      Networking Quickies
      Questions to Ask the Interviewer
      Resume Writing Tips
      Retooling Your Career
      The Ten Commandments of Interviewing
      What else can I do with my Library Tech degree or certificate?
      What NOT to ask during an interview?
      Where to Find Library Jobs

Professional Development
      SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND the Annual General Meeting of the Society of California Ar

Public Libraries
      AIM's Project Team tackles San Francisco Public Library Project
      Creative Staffing at Torrance Public Library
      Fresno County Partners with AIM
      Solano County Library Expands

Special Libraries
      Consultants Provide Solutions
      Law Libraries - Staffing Strategies
      Microfilming History
      Non-Traditional Libraries
      The Law Librarian Employment Market

These are the easy starter questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Describe your strengths and weaknesses.
  • What made you apply for this position?
  • Do you like working with people? Why or why not?
  • How are you qualified for this job?
  • What is your long term employment/career objective?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Describe your ideal job.
  • What motivates you to come to work?
  • Why did you choose a career in the library field?
  • Why do you want to work in a [type of library]?
  • What contributions could you make to our library?
  • What type of library work do you enjoy the most/least?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
  • What is your experience with automated systems, software applications and computers in general?
  • Describe your library experience.
  • The position requires lifting and pushing up to X pounds. Do you have the strength to do this?
  • Briefly summarize your professional background/experience as a [job title].
  • What kind of work environment do you prefer?
  • Tell us your experience in [specific job function].
  • Do you prefer working alone or in groups?
  • What do you know about our library/organization?
  • What aspects of your education or training have prepared you for this job?
  • What kind of job do you see yourself holding in five years?
  • Why do you want to make a change now?
  • What library organizations do you belong to?
  • What salary do you expect if we offer this position to you?
  • Describe your typical work day.
  • What do you like best about your job? The least?
  • What do you look for in a job?


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