Assessing Job Interviews: Ace the (Library) Interview, Part 6

The Importance of Assessing Job Interviews:

This month I have dedicated my posts to job interviewing.  Topics have included the importance of knowing the organization, evaluating “fit,” preparing for common questions and knowing which questions to ask.  With interviewing practice makes perfect.  Like many skills, interviewing is something that you get better at each time you do it.  This final installment of the “Ace the (Library) Interview” series is about evaluating the process.

Points for assessing interviews include fit,

How Assessing Job Interviews is Done:

The process of job interview assessment is quite simple.  After the interview, take a few minutes to objectively evaluate how it went.  Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What three things worked well?
  • What three things might be improved?
  • How well would fit in the organization?
  • Would you be happy in this job?  Why or why not?

The more you know about yourself in terms of how you interview and what type of organization you would like to work in the better your chances of landing your dream job.

The Result of Assessing Job Interviews:

By paying attention to the process you will see your interview skills improve.  Paying attention to the process ultimately means you will be better able to choose the right job for yourself.  So the next time you have a job interview do yourself a favor and take a few moments to objectively evaluate the interview process.  By thinking  about what you might do differently (and what you would do the same) next time.

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This is the final in a six part series that provides useful tips for interviews. Although provided in the context of interviewing for professional library jobs, the information in this series has application for other industries as well.

Organizational Fit: Ace the (Library) Interview, Part 3

What is Organizational Fit:

During an interview potential employers will be evaluating how well you fit with the mission, vision, values and style of the organization, and you as the candidate should be determining how well the organization fits with your personal and professional values and style.

How to Judge Organizational Fit:

One test for considering fit is commonly known as the “airport test.”  The person who is interviewing you may be thinking, “If I were on a business trip with this person and our flight were delayed, would I be comfortable spending a few hours in an airport with this person?”  And you should be thinking about this, too.
Inc.com recently published, “8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews,” which directly addresses fit and is worth a look.  Answers to questions like, “what would I be doing to make your job easier?” and “How does this library measure success?” can help you to assess if the job is right for you.  Fast Company has some great questions that really get at a company’s culture that can further assist you in determining how you’d fit in an organization.

Why Consider Organizational Fit?

Job interviews aren’t just about selling yourself; they are also about making a really important decision.  Asking the right questions can provide you with the appropriate data to do that.

Continue to Part 4:  What to Ask at An Interview.

 

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This is the third in a six part series that provides useful tips for interviews. Although provided in the context of interviewing for professional library jobs, the information in this series has application for other industries as well.