This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who is in a city/town in the Northeastern US. This librarian has been a member of a hiring or search committee at a library with 10-50 staff members.
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.
If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?
√ No, but it’s not a dealbreaker
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.
Anything that sends a racist or homophobic message.
Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?
√ Yes, the higher the position, the more formal I expect the candidate to dress
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
All of the simple necklaces, bracelets, and rings he or she can load on
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
√ Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
√ Large gauge ear jewelry (stretched ears)
Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:
√ Other: Depends on the position
The way a candidate dresses should:
√ Other: combination of showing personality, but also showing a certain amount of decorum
What This Library Wears
What’s the dress code at your library/organization?
√ I don’t even know what any of that means
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? Please check all that apply
√ Other: We’re only allowed to wear jeans on Fridays during the semester, but can wear them anytime during Summer and inter-sessions.
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!