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Question 1 of 24
How do you stay focused while completing tedious tasks?
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"I always remain focused when working on tasks. I am extremely passionate about the work and love to completely immerse myself and know all there is to know about specific documents and records. I have no problem keeping my concentration for a long period of time."
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Question 2 of 24
What about being an Archivist excites you, and what originally attracted you to this career?
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"I am passionate about history and the discovery of new documents and artifacts that can open our eyes to periods of history."
Tell the interviewer what excites you about this position and why you decided to pursue this career. Demonstrate your passion for the field and enthusiasm for this career.
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Question 3 of 24
How well are you able to write descriptions on records? Do you enjoy doing this, and if so why?
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Question 4 of 24
Walk me through your typical research style.
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Question 5 of 24
Tell me about your organizational skills in a work environment.
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Question 6 of 24
Have you ever misplaced documents? If so, what did you do?
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Question 7 of 24
What types of record management are you most familiar with?
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Question 8 of 24
Tell me about the most challenging work you have done in the past.
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Question 9 of 24
What type of archival work are you most familiar with?
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Question 10 of 24
Why is this profession important for society?
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Question 11 of 24
If you could not be an Archivist, what other career path would you choose?
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Question 12 of 24
As part of your duties, you may be required to lift heavy objects. Do you have any physical restrictions?
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Question 13 of 24
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how you feel it prepared you for this position.
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Question 14 of 24
Are you interested in obtaining a Masters' degree in Archival Sciences?
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Question 15 of 24
Do you have any volunteer experience relevant to this position?
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Question 16 of 24
Tell me about your technical skills, and the programs in which you are proficient.
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Question 17 of 24
Archivists have a good variety of career options. If you could choose, would you best like to work for a museum, school, government agency or private organization?
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Question 18 of 24
There are many mediums which need to be archived. Out of the following, which are your top three in terms of archival preferences? i) sound recordings; ii) videos; iii) documents; iv) photographs; v) films; and vi) electronic data.
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Question 19 of 24
What part of being an Archivist do you enjoy the most?
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Question 20 of 24
Tell me about a time when you incorrectly appraised a document. How did this come to your attention and how were you able to correct this?
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Question 21 of 24
What eras of history do you enjoy studying the most?
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Question 22 of 24
Why did you apply to our job posting and why do you wish to work for us?
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Question 23 of 24
How well do you understand, or have knowledge of, the artifacts and records that our institution collects?
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Question 24 of 24
What would your previous supervisor say about your archival skills?
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Question 1 of 24
How do you stay focused while completing tedious tasks?
User-Submitted Answers
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Putting small goals to complete a certain number of records for example.
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I focused myself very well on my task . Work efficiently and meet the all requirements to coplete my task.
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I am very resistant for boredom, I think I've got this after work in the Library where I was doing one kind of work trough whole day.
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I would take short breaks every hour or so to keep myself engaged. Also, I could bring a personal music player and listen to music to help me focus.
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To me, just because something is repetitious does not mean that it is tedious. The key is to make your task interesting in some way to you.
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I focus on the value of the object and the importance of the work. I also maintain my sense of organization by repeating the system.
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I take breaks if necessary, and or keep with other things which aren't tedious.
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Unintension activities creats wrong responce in the work. Intension is only key to success.
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I try to find new ways to do them - taking away the routine aspect can help.
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I focus on the goal of the tedious task and what it will allow the team to accomplish.
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I'm very self motivated and have an exceptional attention to detail. However, having a genuine interest in the collection helps center and focus me on the task at hand.
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Tedious tasks tend to be redundant, so you are completing the same or similar tasks repeatedly. Typically, I would create a streamed approach that allows me to double check my work while moving quickly. Once I begin to have the pattern down, I set goals for myself, such as completing a set number in a set amount of time.
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Keep your focus at the task at hand do not overwhelm yourself take breaks when need so that you don't end up mixing documents that are not relevant to each other.
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I focus on the task at hand and try to remain in the present moment while still keeping an eye on the bigger picture.
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I care a list or plan of attack so that I can keep track of how I'm progressing and whether I need to adjust my processes to get back on track.
Question 2 of 24
What about being an Archivist excites you, and what originally attracted you to this career?
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I love the idea of preserving reference materials and documents for future generations to observe. If we did not archive materials it would be impossible to discover our family genealogies and know where we all originated from. After doing my own family genealogy it made all these documents come to life. It made me realize how crucial birth certificates, death certificates, property deeds, and wedding certificates really are.
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I love to preserve information and to make it accessible all the time. I was touched by the way information get misplaced in private and government department, their reducing the rate of development.
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Beeing aware that I a holding documets that can be important for history, family memory, prof.
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Because I was a librarian.
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Preserving and finding precious documents and other types. As a child keeping artifacts and preserving them.
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I'm fascinated by history and its preservation. Being project oriented and driven, I find myself to be an ideal candidate for this type of work.
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This what I want to work for preserving documents and to maintain accurate transactions for reporting to finance department.
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I enjoy working with history and technology. An archivist career would help utilize my skills for detail and patience.
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For me archival work is about preserving history and ensuring that what is happening will have an enduring impact on our future. At the same time, archivist, particularly in a research library setting, need to help make the history that we preserve accessible. Initially, I was not 100% sure what aspect of information/library science I wanted to pursue. But as I progressed in my program I realized that archives allow me to engage in the two areas that have always been important to my life, which is education and history. At an institution like KHS, I would have the opportunity to engage the community in learning about the history of Kentucky.
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The fact that you manage documents important for local history, history in general, or family history. Plus the fact you help to keep and conserve collections.
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I love history and I enjoy reading, I always found that archives combine these two things for me. I like knowing I'm helping to preserve history for others and making them accessible for the public. Also I think there's something really great about getting to say I handle things centuries older than I am.
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What excites me the most is to keep or preserve documents that can not be founded any where but in archive. What attracts me most it the fact that I have to dedicate my self taking care of records.
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Ability to perform effectively in a team providing a full contribution to the team’s objectives.
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I really enjoy participating in the preservation process. It gives me satisfaction to know that my role assisted in preserving history.
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I am deeply interested in social history, and learning about the experiences and stories of ordinary people like myself and how they interpreted their world. Archives hold those stories, and thus I want to work as one in order to understand, preserve, and share these stories with the public.
Question 3 of 24
How well are you able to write descriptions on records? Do you enjoy doing this, and if so why?
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With my background I am very well written, and I enjoy making my own description of things that I come across.
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I can do very good descriptions on records and enjoy it very much. Sometimes I get too detailed about it.
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I am very well versed in ISAD(G) and best practice standards on writing archival descriptions. I have a huge amount of experience in this regard through projects during my masters degree and through the processing of a very versatile range of collections at the NYHS.
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I feel that I am competent on describing records so that a researcher can easily identify what the contents of the folder or box may be. I do understand that in some cases the "Misc. Materials" may truly be necessary but even in that some description to help this "Misc. Concert program materials" is a better description.
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I think in the last yers I achived a good quality of record's descriptions. I like doing it because is the part that will help as well the users of the archive.
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I have completed four finding aids for the University of Kentucky, they take time and sometimes a good amount of research. I do enjoy writing them though, I like to research things and often do even in my personal life, and I think it is a very important step in making them valuable to researchers and the general public.
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I know that I have to describe record according to it depatnment.
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I strive to write clear concise descriptions. I rely on the records themselves to provide the information I need for the description, but I have done independent research to uncover more information about a subject.
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Very well. I have significant experience researching, organizing and housing new materials in special collections environments. I enjoy writing descriptions because it gives me a chance to synthesize my research and organize the material in a way that will be most accessible to researchers looking to learn from the material .
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Yes I do enjoy writing the descriptions on records because that actually assist me think especially when documenting similar objects.
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Yes I enjoy doing descriptions on records, every time I'm doing this I can learn something new about documents.
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I like recording information and keeping detailed records. For example, as the Secretary for my Odyssey of the Mind Club, I took careful notes just in case anyone questioned our procedures. I wanted to keep everything as detailed as possible so we could look back months later and know exactly what happened.
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I am extremely capable of writing descriptions on records. I have been properly trained and I have work experience. I enjoy doing this because it saves time later on when a person is requesting the item and helps to flesh out some of the most important details.
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I am a very detailed and descriptive person. I have taught descriptive writing and feel this could help me.
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I was taught to describe records in a way that if it happens that I am not available then the next person should be able to retrieve what I have described. Basically I can think of how others would find records easily accessible and I do that very well. I enjoy doing it because it is not selfish, it teaches you to think of others and that is very necessary in a professional and a non professional environment.
Question 4 of 24
Walk me through your typical research style.
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Appraisal is very important to me. I think appropriate research of a collection is extremely important as without adequate research and appraisal of the job at hand, the collection may not be processed in the most efficient way.
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When doing archival research, I start in AT and do basic keyword searches to see what collections and items are available to those words. From there I either pull the items and view them or I also then look for secondary resources to consult their bibliographies to see if any particular collections were also referenced in making that work.
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Looking for reference that already exist in the archive/library, online search, specific online serch for example other archives/libraries.
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I usually try to find a name or date I can work from, reading into context clues that will tell me what's going on around this item. I try to not to spend too much time on one thing if its not significant though, I know that some o these things can lead you down a rabbit hole and I try to avoid that. I like starting with the known and working towards questions that will add value to the item.
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I start with broad questions, gather as much information as possible, and typically shift into more specific areas once I have a better understanding of the overall topic. My research topics tend to vary as I develop more research and formulate a new understanding of the initial subject.
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Basically there should be a topic or a subject. My typical research style is firstly planning, I plan on where to start, how to conduct the research, where to consult and the implementation.
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I put my experience in small institution and achive a good rewads.
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I tend to start broad and then focus in.
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Typically, I do a general examination of more typical sources to have an understanding of the scholarship out there, and to find where my research will be unique, I make a list of other useful sources from the bibliographic information. I go through my primary sources very careful, making notes about the parts that I feel have a common theme or are unique. If it's a case of genealogy, I look for any spellings of the family name in question. Once I've made notes, I compile all my research, continue looking at secondary sources and where my research fits within the larger field of study.
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Look into some reference books, if available or google it.
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I collect as much information as I possibly can. I then organize it into themes. I write question I have in the middle of a blank piece of paper, then draw themes and answers out to the sides. Thinking and sketching out concepts maps helps so much, even for the smallest of projects. Once its all arranged, I create an outline and make sure everything flows.
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I usually make a list of all of the things that I want to read in relation to a certain topic or subject. I then go to my usual research for example, JStor and ProjectMuse, as well as library database systems such as ALEPH. I then use search engines such as Google, if I'm looking for specific quotations from authors or writers.
Question 5 of 24
Tell me about your organizational skills in a work environment.
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Very high because of my qualification and experience I can build and or improve a records system to be efficient.
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On a scale of 1 to 10, 9.
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I find my organizational skill to be quite adequate.
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I rate my skills that to work properly in the filed and planning for proper alternative achieving organizational objective.
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I find my organizational skills to be quiet adequate.
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Prioritize work tasks according to time, organizational need, and my assessment.
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I would rate my organizational skills as excellent. I manage my time efficiently and and I am able to meet deadlines. I organize my thoughts, documents, and work efficiently and effectively which leads to meeting deadlines and producing high quality work.
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Very well organized. I enjoy always having a home for things. It can make ones life so much easier.
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Out of 10 I would say my organizational skills are a 80. For the most part, detail and order are key components processing collections. However, I also think that being too rigid and over thinking some aspects of processing can be counter productive. I the current collection that I am processing, I have had a structure that I have been following, but when I ran into material that did not fit that structure I adapted.
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I have become highly organised over the years. To say this comes naturally to me would be an over exaggeration however through my many years in university of working to deadlines and juggling a range of different project in the work field I have become extremely focused on maintaining good organisational skills.
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I am very organized and like to log things if I am doing projects or tasks that are extended or may have others working on it. This way it can help ensure consistency as well as keep others informed on my way of thinking.
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Professionally, I would say an 8 out of 10 at best. I am pretty organized, I work on calendars and time tables that I set for myself, I always make lists for what I want to get done for the day and then include a couple things that could be done but don't have to be. When it comes to organizing collections, I know it can look like a mess at first, especially when it includes completely re-housing collections. So I do an inventory, then I create a plan of what order I will organize things, I always make sure I have a workflow before I dive in so things don't get too messy.
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Excellent. Because I have worked as admin officer before and I used to organise lots of projects.
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On a scale of one to ten, my organizational skills are about an eight. I am highly organized in everything that I do. For example, each of my classes has a separate binder and notebook, I try to keep them color-coded, and I use an agenda book every day.
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I take my job seriously, I like order, it makes it easy to keep up, to know where what is and that saves time should there be a need to find.
Question 6 of 24
Have you ever misplaced documents? If so, what did you do?
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Not really, i'veknown others and help them organize.
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Yes. A small drawing once was misfiled and I had to look through the entire collection to find it. Once I did find it I put it in its own larger container so we would not lose it again.
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I personally haven't actually misplaced a document, unless you mean like a paper for class. The worst instance was after a class, I collected the archival boxes back up and relaized the students' hadn't done a great job at putting things back where they belonged. So I had to consult my spread sheet to ensure that everything got back in its place. As for misplacing something of my own, I really can't remember anything that stands out, but for emergencies I have always made sure that I have a back-up either through emil, google docs, or a flash drive to be sure I could get something printed off again if I needed it.
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No. The only time I have misplaced a document is when I am working over time and told myself that I will file it in the morning only to find out that I did file it before I leave.
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Luckily I have never misplaced any documents, but if I had, I would spend extra time trying to relocate them.
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I have misplaced documents, basically I had them, and didn't take them where they were supposed to go because I had to assist someone. So I put the documents on my desk and completely forgot because in my head I had them and took them to their relevant place. Took me some time to find them because I was not looking on my desk as it is not where they were supposed to be and when I finally found them I learned to say to users that please wait while I put this where it should go which is something I was not able to do before the scenario. Best scenario is I think its a good thing that whatever happened happened because I wouldn't have learned as in my head I found it rude to keep someone waiting because I have to put away papers and some wouldn't even understand themselves.
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Saving content in different position is my habbits and I always lov to make backup.
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This has never actually happened to me, but when I was working at the Museum of the Moving Image we defintely encountered lost records. In most cases we had to recreate the metadata after we were able to find the missing documents.
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Yes, it has happened before.
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I have never seriously misplaced a document, although I may perhaps have temporarily mislaid it. Once I filed away my driver's ed certificate (in the file where it was suppose to be) and then panicked because the car insurance agency said they didn't have it when a family member had dropped it off for me. I thought it was lost. Nope, it was just filed properly.
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No. Worst scenario was when I didn't get a proof or backup of a document and had to accept the registration of a product but finally found that was the wrong product. Best scenario was when I had a backup of all the original documents regarding a particular product, it helped a lot for the various queries related to that product.
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Yes I have, Isearched until I found them.
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Yes I have, but I have mostly been able to relocate them. I tend to organise things by monthly periods, so even if I have not placed documents in specific folders or files, as I date my work, I can find them without too much difficulty.
Question 7 of 24
What types of record management are you most familiar with?
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Simple file and folder type management.
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Corporate Records of small institutions.
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The type I would be most familiar with is a functional approach to records management- organising and maintaining records according to the function they serve as I feel this is the best way to achieve a high functioning record of how a business operates. I also think cloud computing is an excellent way to manage records in relation to access and usability for workers in organisations- once legislation and best practice standards are all maintained.
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I mainly have worked under an umbrella of Functional Analysis as applied to a university setting.
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Processing and data entry into a collections management system. As I said I processed four collections at UK, I also have done a major inventory of all the objects in a house museum and was the lead on entering them into pastperfect, I've also done a similar project of processing and entering archival material at the Lexington History Museum. The project at Liberty Hall helped me familiarize myself with cataloging a book collection in PastPerfect, it also made me the lead on our conservation/preservation issues. I am familiar with having to assess collections for extra care and re-housing.
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Cabinet and electronic filling system.
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Weeding Disposal Storing Retrieving organization.
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The documentation of all the. Utilities and ledgers.
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I work as a librarian assistant, so honestly, I'm most familiar with Symphony as a Library database at this current moment, but I have experience with other databases.
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Management of various regulatory documents.
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I am mostly familiar with identifying records.
Question 8 of 24
Tell me about the most challenging work you have done in the past.
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Helping a student on an internship with a grant from the german development to preserve cameroon colonial archives which was badly maintained and in dust.
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I've worked as a teacher for primary students.
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I worked for organization which were carpeted due to bad book keeping method so I provided for them a double entry book keeping system which worked accurately and efficiently.
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Obtaining my degree was a long and rewarding journey. I overcame many obstacles to get where I am today.
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Organizing a family collection which was scattered in different places and having to describe them and their provenance.
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The most challenging work I have done to date is working on the Farrell correspondence. The collection has been worked on by perhaps ten people over the course of 5 decades and there simply was not a consistent rhyme or reason--or accuracy in many cases.
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The most challenging I would say was my year spent as the education ga at UK, I was familiar with the archives and with processing, but I was not as prepared as I thought for the teaching aspect of archival information literacy. It was a great experience learning how to develope questions for students using archival collections, of teaching them how and what kind of information they could draw from the records. This is second nature to me so it was interesting to go back and re-develop and understanding from the student perspective.
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Researching about a local building that is up for sale was difficult because there are limited local records; however, after digging through various sources, I was able to uncover a lot of information that I would not have considered to evaluate.
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I was new at the an institution which only had two permanent employees and as an intern I was left alone for nine days to take care of the institution and the users and I didn't even have a month there. That was challenging because I was still finding my way. But then it was just for a day, then it happened again only this time it was for nine days, the institution's online system had a payment hiccup so I could not access it, the in house system was not installed yet into my computer and I had to keep the institution going. That was challenging.
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We made renovation . Its was very difficult time for me . I save to keep a eye on documentation sales employ rota hours and many more.
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I was a middle school French teacher covering for a teacher on stress leave. I really struggled with behaviour management. My lessons were always prepared, my report cards were always done, but I had trouble keeping my students from being ridiculously noisy. This was awkward since my classroom was in the library, and we shared with two other classes and had no walls.
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Collecting and keeping artifacts, find international market for them and sell them on behalf of artists.
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The most challenging work that I have ever done was writing an essay on a subject I had no interest in. I picked a university module which was of little interest to me, and although I ultimately chose an essay topic, I found it difficult to become interested in the topic. Eventually, I succeeded in finishing the task, but the experience taught me that work can become a lot more difficult when you are not interested in the task that you are concentrating on.
Question 9 of 24
What type of archival work are you most familiar with?
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Documentaion expert.
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I have worked in different fields for different companies that my boss was always satisfied from service due to my honesty through my work.
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Many food and beverage position from the kitchen to management to serving. I have always been a very reliable and honest employee.
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Cataloguing and referencing. To process collections for public availability.
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I have managed to stay in my chosen field most of my working life, I have worked internships in small museums because they just needed any help and I wanted to learn their business. I have worked in universities because they helped me through my Master's program and they taught me valuable skills in the field, they were mostly to help with getting collections processed or to assist in the education teaching work load. At Liberty Hall, they had a grant to get the library and archives organized and accessible, and they needed someone with my skill set to get it done. Finally, as a consultant, I have used my skills to assist someone with their own collection that they wanted to see put together but didn't know how.
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I have worked as a Student Assistant for the Department of Modern Languages, Dining Services, and I will work in the college achieves next semester. I was needed to organize and facilitate lessons in the Modern Languages Department and in Dining Services I provided customer service.
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I was a student record management assistant as part of practicum, I was a library assistant in a library which serves as a national archive for marine resources. I have conducted library practicum as part of my studies and I volunteered a resource officer for the Media studies department of the University of Limpopo.
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I was store superviser and assistant maneger . Punchuality honesty hardworking and loyal with my firm.
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I have been a research assistant twice. Once as a student in a local History room, and once for a professor. I went through all the records of the Canadian Tuberculous Society to find information that could be useful to her research on Canadian Health and indigenous peoples.
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School archives/small non-profit organization.
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Although I have had no experience of doing it, I am familiar in the practice of cataloguing.
Question 10 of 24
Why is this profession important for society?
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It is important for people to know where they come from, therefore we as Archivist we help preserve that information for future generations. Our role is to preserve information and make it accessible.
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It is important for society to properly document their history. People must be able to retrieve the histories of their families, governments, corporations, etc. To better learn from the past and prepare for the future.
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So the public can learn more about their culture and history.
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Despite what some people would like to think, history is important in guiding the ideas and memory for the future. Preserving our historical record helps us to remember where we've been and where we're going. It can help to make connections later on or to see something we didn't before. For example, I'll use science since that's a main detractor I heard from students, that archives and history were useless to them as scientist they dealt in the recent or now. But recently a scientist who's wife contracted MS went back through archives of early MS research to understnad the development of the treatment to see if there was something he could gain for a new treatment. He found in a time before MRIs that there were heavy amounts of lead in the blood in brain in MS patients, but other studies pointed out other causes that directed the current treatment. So he decided to do MRIs with his wife and found that she too had significant amounts of lead in her brain and then developed a treatment for it and it's at clinical trials right now. But without the preservation of that research he never would have been able to do that.
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Because people need to know about their history.
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To have a clear sense of where we are going we need to know where we are coming from. And this profession is responsible for the preservation of such information, information that can assist us avoid certain situation and even help us make decisions in the future.
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No body like scateled thing . Every thing should be in order . This job have to keep every thing in one place . Then importace is pretty cleared.
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Because it's our past! Not only do people love to learn about their families and towns, they need to know, because it shapes who we are now and the choices we make for society.
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For a society to live well, it needs to be organized.
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Archiving shows society the importance of the past, the progression of businesses and history. Without the past, we are unable to see how we as a society have progressed.
Question 11 of 24
If you could not be an Archivist, what other career path would you choose?
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I'm interested in teaching art history one day.
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The only other interests I have would to become a history professor. Though this is not so much for the teaching aspect, I enjoy learning about history.
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Yes, modern european history and archaeology.
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I have an interest in teaching or doing something that involves public engagement, I like people and working with them and I know records management doesn't always get you out to the public much.
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I am interested in anything related to history and French. I am considering a career in public history.
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I am interested in knowledge management which I understand archives are also responsible for through their community visit to try and collect in formation that is not documented anywhere else.
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We have whole sale business in pakistan before abrod I was very much interested in to mangeing.
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I am also a photographer and writer. I love Art and any type of creative expression, as long as it's not public speaking.
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I would probably become an academic/university lecturer as I really enjoy engaging with people, teaching them new information as well as constantly learning new ideas and skills.
Question 12 of 24
As part of your duties, you may be required to lift heavy objects. Do you have any physical restrictions?
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I have a muscular condition called "costochondritis" which is essentially the inflammation of the muscles in the chest. It can be exacerbated by heavy lifting, but it is manageable.
Question 13 of 24
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how you feel it prepared you for this position.
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I hold a degree in theatre arts, Ifeel I have skills for the job.
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I completed an undergraduate degree in Classical Civilisation and English. Studying Classics gave me a fantastic insight into the society and culture of the Greco-Roman civilisations. Furthermore, doing Latin gave me a much better understanding of etymology. As someone who enjoys history, a profession which would involve being surrounded by historical artefacts is very appealing.
Question 14 of 24
Are you interested in obtaining a Masters' degree in Archival Sciences?
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I am interested in obtaining this qualification as whilst voluntary experience in working with archives is useful, this qualification would help to further my career as an archivist.
Question 15 of 24
Do you have any volunteer experience relevant to this position?
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No, but I am currently trying to gain some more.
Question 16 of 24
Tell me about your technical skills, and the programs in which you are proficient.
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I am proficient with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and I have a good understanding of using Microsoft Excel as well. I am also very familiar with using the ALEPH library database, as well as the research journals JStor and ProjectMuse.
Question 17 of 24
Archivists have a good variety of career options. If you could choose, would you best like to work for a museum, school, government agency or private organization?
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I would probably choose to work at a university/school archive as I am mostly interested in academic archives, particularly those of literary manuscripts. I would also be interested in working at a private organisation such as a business organisation like Boots. Learning more about the heritage of a company would give me a great insight into the progression of a company.
Question 18 of 24
There are many mediums which need to be archived. Out of the following, which are your top three in terms of archival preferences? i) sound recordings; ii) videos; iii) documents; iv) photographs; v) films; and vi) electronic data.
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My favourites are documents, photographs and videos.
Question 19 of 24
What part of being an Archivist do you enjoy the most?
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Learning new stories about people and being able to tell them to others.
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I like the middle part of processing, after the general inventory and before the description, I like when you are getting in deep into a collection and understanding those who owned it by looking closer at what is really in the collection and sorting it into its series, sub-series, ect. I also like assisting patrons with research, I love seeing collections getting used and answering questions about them.
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Being an archivist you learn something new everyday, this can happen as you describe, store or retrieve, People's personal interests differ and I may not be interested in a certain topic and therefore not consider knowing much about it but as you work you get a see that and it broadens your scope of knowledge and just makes your job never dull.
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Working in any part with honesty I love it.
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Finding random tidbits of information that may have otherwise been lost.
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Collecting and adding to existing archives.
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I enjoy learning about history in a physical form. For example, one of my favourite authors is D.H. Lawrence, and my university was his alma mater. Their archive had large collection of his writings, as well as photograph clippings. Artefacts tell a story, and they allow me to build up a picture of the past much more clearly in my mind.
Question 20 of 24
Tell me about a time when you incorrectly appraised a document. How did this come to your attention and how were you able to correct this?
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I once came across a set of documents in the Corporate Records collections which I thought were all sent by the Secretary of the School but upon assessing some subsequent documents I realized they were created by someone else. They were filed out of context and I could find the correct place to reinsert them so I separated them within the box I found with a special note.
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Don't appraise for value.
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I once looked at a document and thought well this is too old to b valuable, luckily I did not get rid of it right away because when I learned of a file plan I got to realize that the age of a document does not determine its worth.
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Always double check come the less chance of miss attention. To put a not on the sitution about how and what happend.
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I was looking for a gentleman who was a school teacher and his name was Abraham. Unfortunately there were two of them in the area, and the name was rare enough that I didn't catch on until the family member realized the dates didn't match.
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I like cross checking if all things are in order each time I have less on my plate. So when I found out that mistake I rearranged and fixed it, at least it was not lost.
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I have never had an experience like this.
Question 21 of 24
What eras of history do you enjoy studying the most?
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Ancient History and Modern European History.
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My interests fall mostly in the 19th century, but I can do some late 18th century or up to WWII. I particularly enjoy history surrounding social and cultural issues, like women, and I often like to concentrate in Kentucky.
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French history, multicultural exchanges, colonial era.
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Political history, I enjoy it the most because it affects the economy, the people and the future. Our political history shows apartheid was bad, we are and ow in democracy and if you ask me we are not where we would like to be yet but Rome was not built in one day.
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I am very found to know about romans .
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My favourite period of history is the history of the twentieth-century American presidents. It was the perfect combination of a society and culture of the past, but it was also something that felt easier to picture when thinking about it.
Question 22 of 24
Why did you apply to our job posting and why do you wish to work for us?
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Because your institution has some very interesting collections which offer a good challenge to apply my archive skills to.
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I want to work in Kentucky and I want to work in institutions that have archives, I also would like to be an archivist in charge of a records management program.
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I like local history. Goes well with the class I just took.
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I chose the institution because I understood that its location is known to lack in a lot of other areas and I wanted to help change that, Limpopo is known for service delays, be it in education, infrastructure and I wanted to do my part to ensure the change I would like to see, sure I can not change all those other areas but I want the others to say Limpopo lacks one two three but when it comes to their archives, they are on point.
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Its my previalle to put my self to a one of best Organization like this .
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I have always, since a small child, loved the Hamilton Library System. I love that Hamilton's Library values promoting Arts and Culture.
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I can archive your documents precisly and diligently.
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Your particular organisation appealed to my love of the late nineteenth-century, as I wanted to see some of the behind the scenes happenings. I also liked the focus on cataloguing in the job description, as I have a particular interest in that.
Question 23 of 24
How well do you understand, or have knowledge of, the artifacts and records that our institution collects?
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I have worked in similar archives whose main role is to process the papers of educational institutions including both corporate and personal papers.
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I am not sure what Shaker village has currently, I haven't seen an online catalog or anything. If it's manuscripts I would say mostly letters, a few journals/diaries, maybe a few ledgers or day books, some business records, and of course religious records. As for photographs, I would say late 19th century into the 20th, so probaly some daguerotypes, some tin types maybe, and then your albumen and early photography.
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I know it's all local history.
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I understand that the collection of the institution is of critical importance to the nation, I understand that these collections needs different care and storage, I understand that not all is of public consumption or rather classified and I understand that it needs to be guarded as some are irreplaceable.
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Institution have put there record for future use.
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As a university student, I wrote my Master's dissertation on Hamilton History, so I was required to use the archives both here and at McMaster University.
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Collecting and making new addition to existing archives.
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I have a good knowledge having researched it in depth.
Question 24 of 24
What would your previous supervisor say about your archival skills?
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I do not have a previous supervisor, as I am still trying to gain experience.

About Archivist

May 27th, 2017

Archivists assemble, catalog, and preserve valuable collections of information that have historical value. They spend a major part of their work day selecting, assessing, and arranging materials, preserving perishable documents, retrieving misplaced or lost documents, and making the archives accessible to users. Archivists are typically employed to work in higher educational facilities, libraries, local and central government, museums, and specialist repositories such as the Public Record Office.
Anyone wishing to pursue a career as an archivist must complete an ARA accredited postgraduate diploma after obtaining a bachelor's degree in any discipline. Excellent organizational, administrative and communications skills are essential attributes for this role. Archivists must also be methodical and logical, with excellent computer skills.
Interviewers will be most interested in knowing why you chose this particular career. They will also want to know if you have done an internship or had any first-hand work experience. You will most likely have to undergo a period of on the job training to learn more about the procedures and processes of that particular facility. Make sure all of your replies emphasize your interest and knowledge of the role. Going through commonly asked questions and practicing how to answer them will help you build your confidence before the interview. You can find these questions and answers listed at Mock Questions.

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