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      I applied online. I interviewed at Smithsonian (Washington, DC) in May 2023


      Two interviews, one virtual and one in-person. Fairly straightforward. The preparation work was considerable, and I lost out to a less qualified candidate even though I later learned that many of the staff viewed me as the superior candidate. Finding out the name of the hire confirmed that I was far more experienced and ready for the position. After all this, the hiring official couldn't be bothered to send a "rejection" email. The last time I applied for a job of this caliber, I was brought in to interview, and I had no expectations. It was for a supervisory job, and my background in this area was minimal then. As expected, I did not receive the job, but the hiring official was incredibly kind and professional with his "rejection." His effort to reach out was greatly appreciated, and I wouldn't hesitate to apply again to that agency (the Library of Congress). That is how you treat a job candidate. I would caution anyone contemplating a collections job at this museum to be wary of the hiring official, Josh Gorman. If a potential boss acts in such a poor manner to an interviewee, it's clear you'd be in for a rough ride as the chosen candidate.

      Standard-issue government interviewing questions. Fortunately, it was not a "behavioral" type of interview, those are the worst.

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