As applications arrive, each should be marked with the date of arrival to determine whether it falls within the deadline. Applications should also be acknowledged (such as via e-mail) by the search committee. Before applications are reviewed, criteria should be developed and used to rank them. It is helpful if a form is developed to screen and compare each applicant’s qualifications to the requirements of the position. Some qualifications to consider are:
- public library experience
- management or supervisory experience
A phone interview with preliminary candidates may be helpful to determine final interviewees.