Here's my professional interviewing template.
1) Before the interview, try to find out about the job. Because this is a public place, you have an advantage. You can stop by and get the lay of the land. This means walking through the library but also asking current workers about their work environment. Try to find out why the job is available, what the person who is interviewing is like, and what kind of person will fit in with the group. REMEMBER - Some people who work at the library currently may be your competition.
2) Dress for success. When you went to the library you should have been able to observe what the others were wearing. Make sure your dress is at least equal if not a step up from what they had on. In addition, because you will be interacting with children it's especially important that your dress is modest and the language you use is professional. Do get a fresh haircut, shower, wear deoderant, don't smoke before the interview and don't eat or drink at the interview.
3) Arrive a few minutes early, great both the first person you meet as well as the interviewer warmly and introduce yourself.
4) After the introduction period, you will want to get the person who's interviewing to tell you about the "MOST IMPORTANT" duties and responsibilities of the position. This is because the person has their own ideas and concerns about what they want the next person in the role to be able to accomplished. Ask "I'm aware of what a children's librarian does, but can you tell me the three most important tasks or objective you want this role to accomplish?"
5) ONLY AFTER finding out what is most important to the interviewer, start telling them why your background fits with what they want to accomplish. You have a limited amount of time with the interviewer. It's important to figure out what's most important and cover it during the interview. Don't start the interview by providing info about your background, some of which you may find out is totally irrelevant to this specific organization. Make sure to show not only what you know but what you've accomplished with that skill and knowledge.
6) ASK- "How do you think my background and experience fits with what you're looking for?" This makes the interviewer really consider you for the job. This will also give you the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions. For instance if they say "I think you might not have enough experience working with children" you can relay the experience that you do have. You can also review any relavent life experience such as experienc caring for small children or running a boy scout or girl scout troop.
7) Ask for the job. This is probably the most important step. Nobody likes to hear "no". Not even a hiring authority. They want to know that the person they want to hire wants the job. "Thank you for taking the time to tell me about the position. I'm really excited about how the X, Y & Z fit with my own personal style and goals. I really want the position and can promise you that if you hire me you won't be disappointed."
8) Send a thank you letter. Yes it is old fashioned but who cares. Part of finding a position is networking and even if you don't get this spot, you want to get the next and you never know who might pass your name on for consideration.
Headhunter for 6 years
· 1 decade ago