School Library Interview Questions
What will you be asked during the interview?
SLMP has compiled a list of questions asked during actual interviews attended by SLMP alumni – Maria Navas, Nancy Brown, Julie Rohan, Lisa Nagy, and Latrice Ferguson
View the questions below or download the printable version: Interview Questions
- Why did you switch careers?
- What do you envision yourself doing as a school librarian?
- What ideas do you have to motivate reluctant readers?
- How would you go about collaborating, especially with someone who is reluctant to collaborate?
- Why do you want to work here?
- Why did you leave a job you obviously enjoyed?
- Are you sure, you want to work with elementary kids? Why?
- What do you think your role in the school and curriculum should be?
- What have you done previously that would help you in this position? (An online portfolio comes in very handy here!)
- What role do you think technology should play in the curriculum?
- Is there anything online you would consider potentially embarrassing to you or the school district? (Be careful what you put online!)
- Why should we hire you over someone with previous teaching experience?
- Why did you decide to become a librarian?
- What technology skills could you bring to our school?
- How would you handle a challenging student or parent in your library?
- How would you differentiate a library lesson to meet the needs of all students?
- Describe a lesson you have taught integrating technology into the curriculum? (Be as specific as you possibly can!)
- What will I (the principal) see if I walk into your library?
- Who is your favorite children’s author? (Sounds so simple, but when you are nervous it can throw you off!)
- E-resources are clearly preferred by students. Why should we (or should we not) still have books in our library?
- A parent donates a copy of the Bible to the library. How do you handle this when she insists it be included in the collection?
- Describe your proficiency with technology. Last year we (the school) started a netbook initiative, so every student has a netbook.
- Describe your management style; you will have a library assistant.
- How would you prioritize spending in the library; how would you decide to spend money on this and not that?
- How do you plan to collaborate with teachers when the library isn’t currently being used that way?
- How would you want to be accountable for student growth? How would you assess student growth?
- Be prepared to give a sample book talk which shows how you interact and communicate with students.
Some resources for the job hunt:
Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools:
Careers at CPS:
(Search by geographic location)
Dominican University’s College Central Network Services:
IHLS – Illinois Heartland Library System Library Jobs:
INALJ: The I Need a Library Job eResource center!
A community of information professionals working together to help you find a job!
ISLMA’s Job Vacancies:
K12 Job Spot:
Open Cover Letters:
RAILS – Reaching Across Illinois Library System Library Jobs Board:
Information about public employment in the state of Illinois:
Social Security and Medicare Information for TRS (Teachers’ Retirement System) Employees: