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Chicago Public Library Interview Questions

Updated Jun 23, 2017
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    Summer Learning Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Chicago Public Library (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    A quick interview about 15 minutes. Mostly she explained what I would be doing in the internship. Then she made up scenario and asked what i would do in that scenario.

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    Library Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Chicago Public Library (Chicago, IL) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Ten questions, people conducting interview can only ask the questions they are given. Not personal. For the children's associate position they have you read a book and create a Steam or Stem project around the book.
    The process takes months from applying to interviewing to receiving an offer. I applied in the summer, interviewed in October, and received a letter in January.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know of the (insert branch name here) area?   Answer Question
    • What would you do if a patron was watching pornography?   Answer Question
    • How would you help a patron looking for global warning, or pension reformation?   Answer Question
    • How do your skills match the position which you are applying for?   Answer Question
  3.  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Interview

    It was a group interview and pretty basic. They pretty much went over what our responsibilities would be and what our availability would be. They were cool about those still in school.

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    Librarian I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Chicago Public Library (Chicago, IL) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied in November. In January, I received an interview request by phone. The interview was scheduled for February. After emailing the person with whom I'd be interviewing, I was told that I did not need to prepare anything in advance.

    When I arrived for my interview, I was greeted in a friendly manner. Then the two interviewers sat at a table across from me. They informed me that they would be asking me a series of questions. They would both write down my answers in their entirety. I could ask for the questions to be repeated as many times as needed, but they could not clarify the questions, nor would they ask follow up questions. Further, they would not make eye contact with me during this process. I was allowed to take notes but informed that any notes I took during the interview would be collected before I left. The entire process was very disconcerting.

    Following the formal questions, I was given the opportunity to ask questions about the position. The friendly manner resumed, and we had excellent dialogue. Despite that, I still left the interview having no idea how I had performed, which was extremely frustrating.

    Interview Questions

    • Name three print resources you would use to answer a question regarding materials in the World Language collection.   Answer Question

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Chicago Public Library (Chicago, IL) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I was recommended by a teacher after helping her out in my local branch. I interviewed down at the Main Library and was instantly given the job with no stress at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you like working with children?   1 Answer

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    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Chicago Public Library.

    Interview

    Contacted by email to schedule interview for the next week at the main branch. I went to the interview filled out some initial paperwork and then was interviewed by two people.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to read a book to the interviewers who acted as the children I would be interacting with during the summer.   1 Answer

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    Librarian IV Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a week. I interviewed at Chicago Public Library (Chicago, IL) in March 2013.

    Interview

    It's more like an essay test. There's little to no interaction with interviewers. There's usually about 10-12 questions though some might have multiple parts. It's pretty basic library school stuff, but knowing specifics about the community the branch is in and some organizations within that neighborhood is a good idea.

    Interview Questions

    • what do you know about the community, something about community groups in the area you might be able to work with   Answer Question
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