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Updated Feb 4, 2015
Updated Feb 4, 2015
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    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at New York Public Library.

    Interview Details

    The first interview is by one person and they will give you index cards to test your organization skills. Then a second interview will take place if all went well, you will be questioned by two staff members.

    Interview Questions
    • Several questions included about your studies, interest, goals, and as to why you wish to be employed by said library.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at New York Public Library.

    Interview Details

    I applied online to various locations. I only revieved correspondence from the main branch. I recieved a call that i missed due to being at an internship. No voicemail. Then an email that afternoon to set up an interview. I got there early and had to wait because the interviewers was late. They took me to the back of the old storage room and pulled some chairs up. They were friendly and very approachable. They asked the basic questions and really want to make sure youre a team player, so they emphasize on questions dealing with teamwork and customer service.

    Interview Questions
    • They want an example that shows your customer service skills   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    At first I got the impression that because I lack customer service experience they overlooked me. A month later I was offered the job due to there still being vacancies, however because I wasn't enrolled in college this semester I couldn't accept the job.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Pre-Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at New York Public Library.

    Interview Details

    I was called in for an interview by the woman who would become by manager and then a few days later I received a call from HR saying that I was hired.

    The Interview process was fairly laid-back. I didn't feel as if the interviewer was trying to trip me up. She presented the requirements and description of the position with good detail and answered any questions I had. It was a positive experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where you had to solve a problem.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Librarian, Young Adult Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at New York Public Library.

    Interview Details

    You will be interviewing with an HR staff member to see if you meet the basic requirements of the job. Previous work experience, degree, comfort level working with a diverse public, technical aptitude, etc. You should realize that once hired for a specific position, you may be moved to another location.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There is none. There is no wiggle room for entry level librarians.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Senior Library Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at New York Public Library.

    Interview Details

    Straightforward experience. Referred. Two tiered process.

    Interview Questions
    • A scenario based question about what to do with a difficult customer.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Straightforward. Rather fixed terms and I was okay with it for that time.
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at New York Public Library in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    The process took a few months, there were a number of interviews. First a phone interview, followed by a meeting with HR, then a meeting with the manager, followed by the head of the department

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at New York Public Library in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    I dropped by the HR department to apply for the Library Page position. I was called back about 3 days later for an interview. The interview was scheduled for the following week. It was a 1:1 interview with HR, which was very simple and straightforward. They asked why I wanted to work in NYPL, favorite books/authors, previous jobs, customer service experience. All in all, easy general questions. After the interview, I received a call with an offer and directions to where I was going to be working. That was pretty much it.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. They let you know your pay rate for the position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at New York Public Library in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Online application, got called by HR within a week for an interview where they just ask you to organize material alphabetically and numerically. Got called for a second interview onsite by the hiring department and interviewed followed by the job offer later in the day.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Library Technical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at New York Public Library in September 2008.

    Interview Details

    The interviewer seemed a bit angry. I felt like I chose a bad day and interviewer, because she didn't seem like she was in the mood. She made strong eye contact, almost intimidating. I tried making a few jokes to ease the energy in the room, and that didn't work.

    Interview Questions
    • Has their ever been a policy at a work station that you did not feel comfortable doing?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    It was a full time job and I couldn't keep it due to being a full time student.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Information Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at New York Public Library in May 2008.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed by HR. Then called back to be interviewed by upper management and direct supervisor.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Stick to your guns for $10k more. They low ball what they offer. When asked, "does not getting what you want deter you from taking the position?" Say yes, if you can't meet my minimum requirement, I can not take the position. They'll say they have to check their budget and call you back. Be patient, it's a scare tactic. They will call you back.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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