I Can’t Remember Anyone Dressing So Inappropriately

The Incredible Suit by Flickr user left-hand

The Incredible Suit by Flickr user left-hand

 

 

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian at an institution with 10-50 staff members in a city/town in the Southern US. This librarian has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Probably, yes (but it’s ok if the candidate wears something a little less formal)

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Counts as a suit

Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.

√ False

If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?

√ Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are inappropriate

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ I don’t care what’s on the face, it’s what’s in the brain that counts

Is there anything a candidate might wear that would cause them to be instantly out of the running? If you have any funny stories about horrifying interview outfits, we’d love to hear them.

I can’t remember anyone dressing so inappropriately that the topic came up for discussion.

Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?

√ No

Which jewelry may candidates wear: (Please select all that are acceptable)

√ Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring
√ A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

Generally, not at all, although I do think the candidate should be neat and make an effort on his/her appearance.

What This Library Wears

How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?

I’ll wear a tie, although not always a jacket.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

What’s the dress code at your library/organization?

√ Business casual

Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? Please check all that apply

√ Flip flops
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!

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1 Comment

Filed under 10-50 staff members, Academic, City/town, Southern US, What Should Candidates Wear?

One response to “I Can’t Remember Anyone Dressing So Inappropriately

  1. Aimee

    I find it very odd this person is simultaneously accepting of pink hair but requires pantyhose.

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