New York Public Library Interview Questions

Updated May 3, 2015
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    Pre-Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at New York Public Library.

    Interview

    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
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    Senior Library Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    Straightforward experience. Referred. Two tiered process.

    Interview Questions

    • A scenario based question about what to do with a difficult customer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Straightforward. Rather fixed terms and I was okay with it for that time.

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    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at New York Public Library (New York, NY) in August 2010.

    Interview

    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

    • Why would you like to work at NYPL?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. They let you know your pay rate for the position.

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    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at New York Public Library in September 2008.

    Interview

    Sent my resume and cover letter in to the main branch, received a call within about a month. I came in for an interview, they gave me an assessment of my organizational abilities and then I was hired, held a meeting shortly after giving me documentation etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at NYPL?   1 Answer
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    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at New York Public Library in December 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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

    No negotiation

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    Senior Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at New York Public Library (New York, NY) in March 2013.

    Interview

    I interviewed with two ladies, Maria and LIz. It was a lot of generic situation questions. But it was pretty simple. Customer service is really important here. I'm not sure why that surprised me, but it did.

    Interview Questions

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at New York Public Library (New York, NY) in February 2008.

    Interview

    Super low key. Met with a manager and mostly had a conversation about the programs offered. They let me know in a few days that I had the job. Wasn't stressful at all. I had a lot of experience in the development and non profit community which is what they like to see.

    Interview Questions

    • What type of experience do you have that would be valuable here?   Answer Question
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    Page Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at New York Public Library (New York, NY) in January 2008.

    Interview

    I found the position and my school's databased. Then i sented them and email about i week later they called me in for an interview. I took a breif test. After interview he basically told me I got the job and all I had to do was bring in all my doucoments to HR.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    My schedule was based on my school schedule so i wasnt scheduled hours I had class

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    Library Technical Assistant III Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at New York Public Library (New York, NY) in June 2010.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • What was a problem you've had at work and how did you go about correcting it?   1 Answer
    • Give an example of how you're worked on a team.   1 Answer

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