Interviewing for a Cataloguing Position: The Two-Way Street, by Laurel Tarulli
1. What type of person are you looking for to fill this position? For example, personality (sense of humour, easy-going, goal-oriented)? Work ethic?
2. How would you describe a typical work week?
3. Will my time be a mixture of working along and with people? Will it include projects?
4. How many people work in the department? Has there been a lot of turnover?
5. Can you describe the environment of your department? Its strengths and weaknesses?
6. Can you think of an employee/cataloguer who really stands out in your mind as exceptional? Tell me about him/her and their qualities.
7. In the past 5 years, tell me about a project or innovative idea that you’re proud of, or that has been a success within the department.
8. What is your management style? And, how will I know if you are under a lot of stress?
9. If I am working on a project and you feel there is a better way to do it, how will you approach me to offer suggestions?
10. Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous cataloguer go on to do?
11. What is your own professional mission statement?
12. Would you mind telling me how your career got to this point?
13. What is your biggest source of job satisfaction? What would you change?
14. Where do you see the cataloguing department in 5 years? 10 years? Expanding? Heading in new directions?
15. Can you tell me about the cataloguing department at the library now? What are you most proud of? What are its limitations?
16. Are there any projects or plans set for the near future that will impact cataloguing?
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