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I applied online. The process took 2 months. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (United States)
The interviewing process took over a month with an all day panel interview. The longest wait was to get a response once the interview was completed, which was over three weeks. I had to proactively ask for the final decision due to another offer. The manager never gave any feedback regarding the interview.
- Why do you want to work here?
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (Chicago, IL) in Feb 2017
I met with Mary Pullen, head of HR first. She asked me some basic questions about my knowledge of the company and filled me in more on the position. Then I met with some of the staff who I would be potentially working with (this was a round-table interview, meaning I met with several people at once).
- If we were to talk to people at your current job, what is one thing they would tell you start doing, one thing they would tell you to stop doing, and one thing they would tell you to keep doing?
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (Chicago, IL) in Feb 2016
I interviewed with two people on the phone, and then in person. I was asked about why i would like to work there, what are my future plans. I was also asked to analyze a dataset to test my skills for the job
- To analyze a dataset and forecast
I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (United States)
I have one in person interview and then I received the call that I was hired. It was a fairly painless process. The hiring process was easy going as well.
- How have my previous experiences prepared me for this role?
I applied online. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (Chicago, IL) in Aug 2015
It was an extremely long hiring process! Newish HR director was dismissive during the protracted process and asked dated and negative questions during the interview such as "tell me a professional situation that you failed". He asked this question three times in slightly different ways and summarized my answers in an inaccurate way. Felt like other interviewers asked appropriate questions but the HR director seemed to be posturing for the senior managers. Lunch was provided which was very nice, but my lunch date wasn't engaged at all and didn't ask me a single question. The office is tired and needs a make over and the people are somewhat low energy which is why I didn't accept their offer. This could be because the library market is in the doldrums.
- Why shouldn't we hire you? Talk about your failures in your professional life.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (Chicago, IL) in May 2015
Face to face interview. Lasted about 30-45 minutes - was told mine was longer than usual because we were hitting it off. Professional but not stressful. Mainly questions about why you want to work for the organization, your experience being applied to the position, etc. Seems like a great place to work if you care about learning, education, etc.
- What are your responsibilities at your current position?
I applied online. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (United States) in May 2015
I was called by a "consultant" who set up a time with me for a phone interview. The consultant asked me a series of questions. I didn't feel like the consultant had a lot of personality. He finished the interview by saying I was one of the top candidates and I should hear back about an in-person interview in the next couple of weeks. Over a month later, I got the famous "we went with another candidate" email.
- Typical questions like: Have you ever worked with a difficult person? What's your plans for recruitment/retention? What do you know about ALA and the library world? What's your management style? What's your weaknesses and plans for professional development? (seemed to be an awful lot of emphasis on this)
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (Middletown, CT) in Apr 2015
Phone interview/discussion of organization and mission; sent samples of work; went to office for in person interview: met with all major people, had informal lunch with head of company. Choice does book reviewing, so you can get a sense their business model needs help...as most people get reviews for books through Amazon, even librarians. So, they are interested in rebranding/redefining. It seems they were unsure how to go about this, so the interview probed how I would approach that. They mentioned hiring contract project managers in the past..and as they just have 1 IT person, no web person, I think a dedicated web developer was a new concept.
- How would you approach planning for a new system?
I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (Chicago, IL) in Mar 2015
Called by HR and asked to fill out and bring an employment application to my interview. Met with an HR director and the Executive Director of the PLA. The whole session took about 90 minutes. It was almost 6 weeks after I submitted my application that I got called for an interview. The next step would have been to meet with the entire PLA team, but a week after my interview, I received a firm job offer and withdrew my candidacy.
- Have you ever worked with a difficult person? Have you ever had to take on work that was outside your area of responsibility?
I applied online. I interviewed at American Library Assoc. (Chicago, IL) in Jan 2015
talked to membership specialist and a membership assistance. Just go through my resume, question is simply and people there is very nice and friendly. The work there is light and I really enjoy the work environment there
- simple question about my past work experience