Develop a list of questions to be asked of every candidate interviewed. Topics to cover in the interview include management and fiscal philosophy, intellectual freedom, technology, trends, the library’s role in the community. It is illegal to ask certain questions of candidates, such as marital status, age, family plans, etc. For more about interviewing see Iowa Workforce Development’s Successful Interviewing Guide, http://www.iowaworkforce.org/sig.htm
Another resource is A Library Board's Practical Guide to Finding the Right Library Director, by the Outagamie Waupaca Library System in Wisconsin. See http://www.owlsweb.info/L4L/trustees/GuideToFindingTheRightLibraryDirector.pdf
As part of the interview, arrange a tour of the library, a meeting with staff, and an opportunity for the candidate to learn about the community.