Not Enough Applicants For Library Position
October 18, 2010 7:14 AM Subscribe
Interviews for a job I really, really want postponed because there were "not enough applicants." Help me understand this and maximize my chances.
posted by Rykey to Work & Money (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Public librarian here. Found a position that matches my skill set and work experience, in a city I'd love to live in, at a library system I'd love to work for. About a week after submitting my resume packet, I received a letter in the mail explaining that the library board felt that there were not enough applicants for the position, and that the position will be re-posted. My application will automatically be added to the new applicant pool, and the consideration/interview process will start fresh this coming January.
Though I'm sure it's not uncommon, I've never run into this situation before. I suspect that part of the reason there were so few applicants was that given the application deadline, the application packet was quite lengthy and involved, and entailed several essay-type questions.
My questions are:
1) Since I didn't get a rejection letter right off, is that a sign that I'm a viable contender (i.e., a good chance at an interview), or, in the interest of fairness, did every applicant get the postponement notice with the promise of being added to the applicant pool in January?
2) If the "big application, small window of time" factor was the reason for the small applicant pool, wouldn't my applying in time be considered a good thing? That is, since I made the time to get everything in by the deadline, doesn't that show I have the initiative and resourcefulness to "make it happen" where a job is concerned?
3) If I (or another current applicant) had submitted a stellar application packet, would the search have ended there? Or do hiring entities tend to want a big applicant pool for some reason?
4) Along the same lines,could this be a case of the system director (who will be doing the actual interviewing and selecting) being satisfied with the original applicant pool, but the board wanting a bigger pool?
5) Given this delay, how can I put my best foot forward? Is there an indirect way of calling (positive) attention to myself or my application ahead of the game?
A few factors that might be at play here:
-Though I am qualified for this position, it would be a step up (it's a supervisory position, and I'm not currently a supervisor--though I have been in the past). I did get reference letters from current supervisors and a director, who said I'm a great fit. But I can see where, all other things being equal, a candidate with lots of supervisory experience would be desirable over me.
-The city in question is a pretty cool town that attracts librarian types. So the lack of applicants is probably not because of location. And the job market there is not saturated-- there is a library school there, but recent grads don't meet the experience requirements of the position.
Honestly, I'm not trying to worry too much or overthink this, and obviously nobody except the director of this specific library knows the answers to my questions. I just really want this job, and I'm just curious as to whether anyone has been in this situation, on either side of the interview table.