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Question list for librarian candidate phone interviews

Posted on: February 11, 2009

This is the list of questions we used during the phone interview process for the reference librarian positions (entry level) that we are hiring at MPOW. I am typing them in the order from the sheet, and I am putting them here mostly for personal reference. If anyone out there finds them useful, feel free to use them. Any brackets added for clarification but not part of the questions originally.

The questions:

  • What skills or experiences do you think you would bring to this position and why do you think they are pertinent?
  • What is your definition of Reference? Why do you think reference is important?
  • What are the most important developments in Reference you currently see taking place?
  • What differences are there between undergraduate and graduate research?
  • What technologies are you familiar with? How would you use these technologies with the responsibilities [of the job] as you understand them?
  •  Describe an experience where you had to work together with others on a project. What strengths did you bring to this experience?
  • Why does this position interest you?

After the first run, colleagues suggested adding the following, which were used somewhat consistently:

  • Have you looked at the library's website? Any thoughts on it?
  • How do you keep up/current with the profession and librarianship?

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