Top 20 Librarian Interview Questions
Question 1 of 21
How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
As long as I remain a good fit, with both this company and I benefiting.
Question 2 of 21
What type of books are your favorite?
Historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, and travel non-fiction.
All types fiction and nonfiction with a special interest in history and political science.
I enjoy a variety of books, including mystery fiction, nonfiction how-to books as well as classic literature.
I read all types of books: various types of fiction, history, classic literature, but my primary interest in books is the study and history of cinema, both in the U.S. And global.
Question 3 of 21
Why do you want to work for this Library?
I believe I am ready to grow in the library field and I think this position will help me to do so while also becoming a great asset to your library.
This library offers 72 branches of opportunity. It is steeped in historical significance and offers a very diverse clientele. I would be ecstatic to work for such an institution that offers so much to their patrons; such as a great e-book program that includes local independent writers to submit their work for others to read through self-e.
Sir I m fond of reading books .
To work hard & gives information pin pointed to library user.
Question 4 of 21
What do you like most about being a Librarian?
I like encouraging people to keep learning and showing them how the library can help with that. I love traveling and learning new things and there is so much that the library has to offer to help fill that need. Teaching and showing others and then seeing them progress and come back to me with their own research or findings is a great moment.
Question 5 of 21
What is your best asset as a Librarian?
My exuberance for learning and encouraging others to learn new things.
Question 6 of 21
Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had while working in a library.
The most rewarding experience was when I suggested a book to someone and they came back excited to tell me how much they enjoyed the book. That is the best feeling. I love to open people up to knew subjects or plots.
Question 7 of 21
What is the library's role in educating its students, community, etc?
Question 8 of 21
How do you stay current with new books?
Through social media and my memberships I can stay current. I am a member of the American Library Association and the California Library Association. I use twitter, RSS feeds, and Facebook to learn new book releases or find slightly older books that contain subjects or themes that are still current today.
Question 9 of 21
What do you think your references would say your best skills are?
My love of learning new things. They are always surprised when I come back to them with a new historical fact, a new skill, or a new technology I can implement in my job.
Question 10 of 21
How would you describe your experience with technology?
I have a lot of experience with technology through my own personal use and from my job. I have developed a website before and I stay up to date on new technology.
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Question 11 of 21
How would you handle a patron objecting to a certain book in the library's collection?
I would calmly inform them that the library is impartial to subjects, religion, and political matters. The library holds thoughts and ideas that might be offensive or objectionable to some but not all. We are the source for information and we need to keep that title. I would tell them that I am sorry they feel this way about the book but what if someone else felt the same way about a book they were checking out. How would they feel if I got rid of every book that someone finds offensive and one of those was a book they wanted?
Question 12 of 21
If you were in charge of ordering new books, would you hold any personal, political, etc, bias towards any books?
No because a librarian needs to be impartial. You are ordering new materials for the patron. I would always keep them in mind. I would want my collection to be diverse like my patrons and I want to have the item they need.
Question 13 of 21
What do you enjoy the most about being a Librarian?
Helping people. Whether it is by finding a book they wanted or providing information they need. The act of helping someone through knowledge and information is what I enjoy the most.
Question 14 of 21
When did you realize you wanted to be a librarian?
When I was a page at our local library. I loved getting to know the regulars, having book discussions, and helping people with finding answers or offering a new book for them to enjoy.
Question 15 of 21
What Librarian duties did you dislike the most at your previous job?
Question 16 of 21
Do you enjoy helping patrons with their research?
I do, because I get involved with it as well. It is fun to have a thought or an idea and fins the research to support it or change it. I like finding answers to questions.
Question 17 of 21
Tell me about a difficult time you had, while helping someone research a subject.
Question 18 of 21
What programs have you initiated, or would initiate, to help connect the local community to the Library?
I would initiate various events to bring out families and patrons such as a summer concert series, a movie night, or a theater show. I would also initiate events that bring out the book lover. Events like a Jane Austin tea, or a Halloween favorite book monster get together. I would also initiate learning programs such as computer help or staying current with social media. How to stay safe on the web would also be a good program to have.
Question 19 of 21
What programs have you implemented for children at your current library?
I have not implemented a programs for children but I did assist in the summer reading club which is a great program.
Question 20 of 21
How do you handle stressful situations?
I like to tackle stressful situations one step at a time while ultimately making my way to a positive outcome.
If I feel myself getting stressed I take a calming breath and then tackle the problem. If it is a difficult person that is yelling at me, the calming breath helps me refocus and understand that sometimes these types of people just need to talk. So I can be a listening ear and interject if it starts to disturb the rest of the library. If I am multitasking and it gets to be too much then the calming breath refocuses me and I will take on the situations one at a time.
I dentify what the cause of the stressful situation is, and consider how this could best be tackled. This should be dome as part of a Team and / or in discussion with colleagues in other parts of the Service, ans possible different parts of the service such as HR.
Question 21 of 21
What do you believe is the role of the school, university, or public librarian?
The keeper of knowledge. Their role is to keep relevant information handy and accessible.
September 3rd, 2017
A librarian is responsible for overseeing all aspects of a library. During a day at work, they catalog and classify the books in the library following an accepted system, place orders for new reading material, manage and distribute library resources and help readers' find what they are looking for. Librarians are typically employed by educational institutions, public libraries, research institutes, professional societies and specialist departments within hospitals or the government.
You will need to have completed a bachelor's degree in any field to work as a librarian. Larger libraries may require applicants to have a postgraduate qualification with the CILIP or Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals if their first degree is not related to information management. Librarians must have strong IT, organizational, management, presentation team-working, and communication skills. They must also be well-read and know how to use the internet and databases.
Do you have what it takes to work as a librarian? Tell us why you think you are the best applicant for this job. What do you think are your strengths as a librarian? What about your weaknesses? Are you doing anything to overcome your weak areas? These are just some of the questions prospective employers usually ask when interviewing applicants for a librarian role. To see more such questions go to Mock Questions.