METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Launch Your Library Career – Part III

Friday, November 22, 2013 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The Interview — Putting Your Best Foot Forward:

You’ve mastered the resume and cover letter, and have been invited to interview for your dream job. Now that you’ve been noticed, the challenge of wowing the hiring committee begins. Come dressed in your interview best for a hands-on workshop of mock interviews and interview coaching. During the workshop we’ll look at what to expect when interviewing at academic, special, and public libraries. We’ll discuss how to manage a panel of interviewers, the one-on-one interview, phone interviews and online (Skype) interviews, as well as the finer points of post-interview communications. We will discuss interview-appropriate attire, how to avoid common wardrobe pitfalls, and give you tips on staying comfortable yet looking professional.

Participants will draft a 30-second elevator pitch that sums up their qualifications, experience, and professional interests. Throughout, we’ll emphasize how to go beyond the qualifications listed on your resume to talk about how and why you are the best candidate for the prospective employer’s needs. We will also look briefly at the basics of creating clean, professional-looking presentations and handouts, or any materials you may need to bring to an interview. Visit for more information and registration.


-Barbara Bonous-Smit, Queensborough Community College, CUNY




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