Nailing the Library Interview

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Getting that librarian position can be a daunting process. First, you write your cover letter and resume. You wait. Maybe you wait some more? Then comes a telephone interview, followed by the all important on-site interview. After all of this work, hopefully a job offer is the end result!

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I created this resource after cleaning out an old file cabinet in my office where I came across interview questions from my first librarian job search in 2002. The questions I saw formed a great resource, so I have tried to provide links to those documents in their electronic format, as well as provide links to newer resources.

Since my first library job, I’ve served on a number of search committees and have formulated my own questions that I like to ask potential librarians as well. I hope you find this resource useful. If you come across FREE articles or sites that might make a good addition, let me know. Best of luck with your job search.

44 thoughts on “Nailing the Library Interview

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  3. Thanks especially for the “questions to ask”. I usually have a hard time with that one and you had some great ideas.

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  5. what do you wear for a library job interveiw?

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  13. I just got a call from my local library about coming in for an interview, its for a clerk position, not as prestigious as a librarian, but I am really excited about the possibility of working with books and in the community!

  14. I just wanted to thank you for running this wonderful blog. Ever since I can remember, my dream has been to work at a library. I am seventeen now and just got my very first job- at the library! Without a doubt the valuable advice you have compiled here helped me a ton during the whole process. Thank you again! :)

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  28. Thanks for this! I am currently in the middle of job searching – I’ve had two face to face interviews already which, though they seemed to go really well, didn’t result in offers (so I’m just considering them interview experience!). I’m in that weird experience/education gap, having a fair bit of experience, including branch management, but no MLS (yet) having come to libraries following layoffs in the museum world. So I appreciate any tips and have really enjoyed reading your writing so far (the library job hunt bingo made me smile!), thank you!

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  30. Thank you for your interview questions. I am looking forward on becoming a digital librarian.

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  32. Thanks a ton for this post! I have an on-campus interview this Friday and this bunch of links has definitely given me some good food for thought

  33. Great set of posts – thanks so much! If you readers are looking internationally, do see my tips for librarian Skype interviews (http://dumplingcart.org/?p=2107) but overall, keep reading MrLibraryDude!

  34. Nailed it! Thanks so much for your help, Joe. The prep (interviewer) questions were especially valuable, as I could mentally situate myself in my at that particular library, even before the interview. Meant to thank you a year ago, after I scored my first library technician position. Please keep up the great work :)

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