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Job Search Tips: Interviewing Tips & Techniques

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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

How To Win The Job "Interviewing Tips & Techniques"

As an applicant, you know your potential employer has a high degree of interest in you if you've gotten as far as the actual interview. Time is too valuable for an employer to spend it with someone unless they have a serious interest. Let that fact give you confidence and then remember to prepare for the interview by doing your homework. Always cover these basic steps:

  • Find out exactly where the interview is being held beforehand.
  • Plan how you are going to get there and where you will park.
  • Don't be late or too early.
  • Don't bring a friend or relative.
  • Dress professionally. When in doubt, wear your corporate finest!
  • Learn about the organization and its culture.
  • Find out about the person(s) with whom you are interviewing.
  • If it is a company, what do they do? If it is a public library, what aspects of the community do they serve?
  • Bring extra copies of your resume, a sheet of references and other information such as your salary history. You may need this information to fill out their application.
  • Do not write "See Resume" on the application.
  • You may interview with an HR person who does not know what a librarian or information specialist does. Refer to their advertisement and show how your qualifications apply.
  • Come with questions about the job, the organization and the support the library enjoys. For special libraries: Where does the library fit into the organizational structure? For public libraries: How many branches do they have? For academic libraries: What faculty do they support?
  • Other sample questions: Does the library have a mission statement? What are the expectations for this position?
  • Take the initiative in a non-threatening way if the interviewer seems unfocused.
  • Make a list of things you want to make sure they know about you and then lead in with "You may want to know that..."
  • Have answers for questions such as "What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What can you bring to this position?"
  • If you are given a tour of the library, use the time to ask appropriate questions, show interest and demonstrate your knowledge. Employers are impressed with honest enthusiasm.
  • Send a thank you note right after the interview. Good manners indicate a measure of professionalism. If you have additional questions about the position, you may include some of them.

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