Hire Right the First Time: Best Practices for Building the Team You Need

The live discussion took place September 23 and 24, 2015. Read the discussion messages or a summary of the discussion.

Libraries evolve. Shouldn’t your interviews? Success in our profession requires a new skill set, but if you’re asking candidates the same old questions, you’re probably recruiting more of what you already have. Attracting dynamic team members to help you meet tomorrow’s challenges requires hiring for culture fit, crafting more thoughtful questions and bringing creativity and insightfulness to the interview process. Join us in discussing tips for hiring right the first time. We will:

  • discuss techniques for writing more compelling interview questions
  • define culture fit and its importance to the interview process
  • outline the skills of an effective interviewer

Learning Outcomes

To re-think the interview process

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Terri Schell, Senior Administrator for Human Resources at Harford County (MD) Public Library, has 30 years of experience in human resources. Before joining the Library 26 years ago, Terri worked in the banking industry.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University with a concentration in both Human Resources and Marketing.   Terri is passionate about her work in human resources and in helping others succeed.

Brian Staples has been working as a Human Resources Generalist for the Baltimore County (MD) Public Library for the past 10 years.  He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University and has been working in the Human Resources field for 16 years.  He believes the key to recruitment is to “hire for attitude and train for skill.”

James Kelly is the Assistant Director of Operations at Frederick County (MD) Public Libraries. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in public, academic and special libraries across five states. He is past president of the Maryland Library Association’s Leadership Development Division. His training experience and interests lie in mentoring, leadership and management, strategic planning and core values.




How to Register

The live discussion took place September 23 and 24, 2015. Read the discussion messages or a summary of the discussion.

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