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New York Public Library Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014

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Library Information Assistant Interview

Library Information Assistant
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at New York Public Library.

Interview Details – Interviewed with HR. Average questions. HR rep seemed inexperienced and rushed in interviewing process.

Interview Question – Typical behavioral questions - open ended scenarios.   Answer Question

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Library Page Interview

Library Page

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at New York Public Library in December 2013.

Interview Details – I applied for this job online and recieved a call within two weeks. It didnt feel like an interview it felt more like having a conversation with someone. The interviewer explained the job description and also gave me a tour since this was a new branch that did not open yet. She asked if I was familiar with the Dewey system which is how the library organizes books.

Interview Question – Are you familiar with the Dewey system?   Answer Question

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Public Library in April 2012.

Interview Details – I was contacted by recruiter if I am interested in this position. I've sent my resume and hiring manager was also interested in me. I had an interview in agency prior actual job interview because it was contracted position billed through agency. After I completed all paperwork I went to interview with hiring manager. Interview was 45-50 minutes, first questions as usual, than few curve balls. Hiring manager was hard to approach and even thou she answered all my questions I thought that she was not in total control of project I would be assigned to. Also for me she was a doppelganger of my ex girlfriend.

Interview Question – Which risk management tools have you used in your career?   Answer Question

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Copyright Analyst Interview

Copyright Analyst
New York, NY

The process took 5 days - interviewed at New York Public Library in November 2010.

Interview Details – I met with two people. One was in the legal department and the other was on the business management side. I thought both interviews were conducted very professionally. I didn't feel like the questions they asked were "gotcha" questions or like they put me on the spot, and I felt like they took care to educate me as much about the position as they did to see if I met their needs. I didn't end up getting the job, but I had a good enough experience with the interview process that it makes me remain interested in working there in the future.

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  • Let's pretend that a donor wants to donate to the NYPLE pictures that his father took of a famous gay pride parade in New York City. The pictures show people in various outfits, with their faces clearly shown, but does not identify the individuals by name. You'd like to be able to include the pictures in an exhibit that the museum is putting up. What copyright considerations are you confronted with here? How would you handle them?   View Answer
  • Why does the NYPL interest you as a place to work?   Answer Question

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Library Technical Assistant III Interview

Library Technical Assistant III
New York, NY

The process took a day - interviewed at New York Public Library in June 2010.

Interview Details – Set up via phone, 1 on 1 with a standard HR person. Questions seemed canned, and the person wasn't a specialist in the field I was interviewing for. Probably about eight questions, all pretty standard. Salary is non negotiable for most positions because of the union. The interview is done off site from any library location, so hard to get a read of the culture. The person said they would be in touch to set up a second interview, but never were.

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  • What was a problem you've had at work and how did you go about correcting it?   View Answer
  • Give an example of how you're worked on a team.   View Answer

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Purchasing Interview

Purchasing
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at New York Public Library in August 2009.

Interview Details – Everyone was very professional and seemed knowledgeable.

Interview Question – What are your strengths and weaknesses?   Answer Question

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Information Services Assistant Interview

Information Services Assistant

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at New York Public Library in February 2012.

Interview Details – I went on two interviews also had a drug test as well as a background test. It took forever to get to the next step. Process took about a month and a half just to hear back from someone. Since it too so long I get a different job which only took 3days to get hired.

Interview Question – What type of community service have to done?   Answer Question

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