This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works in an urban area in the Midwestern US, at a library with 50-100 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:
√ Other: is ok
Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.
√ Other: Short sleeves on women are ok, sleeveless is a no
If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?
√ Never, pantyhose is for my grandmother
Women should wear make-up to an interview:
√ I don’t care, as long as it’s not over-the-top
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
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
√ Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:
√ All of them, even pink
The way a candidate dresses should:
√ Be fairly neutral
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
Regular work outfit – skirt, nice top, nice shoes. Nothing fancy
On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:
What’s the dress code at your library/organization?
√ Other: Biz casual to casual, w/ strange exceptions due to past “issues”
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? Please check all that apply
√ Flip flops
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Other: jeans & sneakers only under certain circumstances – work duties or United Way jeans Fridays
Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!
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