First, we assume you know some library science or you wouldn't have graduated. We also don't care about your favorite book or your hobbies. We want to know if you geek out about library work. Further, what kind of librarian are you? What we like to do for interviews is present "scenarios" and see where you fit. There are no right or wrong answers, just ideas that help us see if you fit into our style! Our library is very much about public service so we are looking for that kind of attitude.
Here are some scenarios we have used in the past:
- In your limited budget for kids materials you have to make a choice between Captain Underpants or an award winning youth title. What do you choose and why?
- A couple of kids are skateboarding in the parking lot which is completely against policy. How do you handle?
- A parent complains that one of the teens on the computer is doing some gaming and her child needs to use the computer for homework. How do you handle?
There is no right or wrong. Simply reiterating the policy is not enough for us to "like" you. We want to sense your philosophy of librarianship and customer service. The flip side of this is that you get to see how the library in question handles this as well. Fit goes both ways!Here is some other advice. You have to do homework on your future library. Look at the website, visit the library. (Pro tip: we often ask where our website can be improved just to see if you have any good ideas to "borrow" and also to test that you actually did some preparation.) We also like to hear some solid ideas for programming, especially if you are interested in youth or teen services.
Short answer: be prepared and know who you are as a librarian!