If I’m Looking for a Creative Individual, Then Their Manner of Dress Might Sway My Choice

Suit by Flickr user eat more toast

 

 

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

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Probably not (but it’s ok if the candidate does wear one)

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Counts as a suit

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

√ Other: Libraries can get very warm, so during a presentation it is ok to remove a jacket in favor of a sleeveless top

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, as long as it’s not over-the-top

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.

Holey jeans
Flip flops
Unkempt hair

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)

√ A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings
√  Earrings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Show personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

If I’m looking for a creative individual, then their manner of dress might sway my choice. Otherwise, neat and put-together count for all.

What This Library Wears

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

Jacket, top with sleeves, dress pants

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

4

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
√ Visible Tattoos
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Other: Jeans on Fridays only

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Other: All staff wear badges

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

Photo: Suit by Flickr user eat more toast

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