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Directing the personnel search part IV: the on‐site interview

Gary Fitsimmons (Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 1 November 2011




This paper's purpose is to outline what goes into a well‐done library personnel on‐site interview.


The paper reviews the need for planning and doing background checks leading up to the onsite interview and then suggests items to consider in both the planning and execution of a well thought‐out onsite visit.


The finding is that planning the onsite interview well is essential to knowing which candidate will work out the best in the long run.

Practical implications

Hiring the right person through a well‐thought out process can save time, trouble and expense for years to come.

Social implications

All job seekers should be treated with respect remembering that all have been in that position and could be in that position again in the future.


The value of the paper is in hiring the right person the first time using a process that is beneficial to everyone involved.



Fitsimmons, G. (2011), "Directing the personnel search part IV: the on‐site interview", The Bottom Line, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 157-159.



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