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.
√ I don’t care
If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?
√ Other: This might be handled differently depending on where the interview is located. In the south, in the summer (and many of the other seasons), bare legs are fine.
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.
shorts or jeans wouldn’t be appropriate and would probably make a search committee think twice about hiring someone.
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:
√ All of them, even pink
The way a candidate dresses should:
√ I don’t really care how a candidate dresses
How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?
If the candidate seems uncomfortable in their clothing, that might show. I suppose it’s really about the candidate being himself/herself versus who they think the search committee wants to see. If a candidate wears a suit, has no piercings and natural hair color during the interview but shows up on the first day of work wearing cutoffs and has purple hair and piercings, that would be jarring for the people who just hired the candidate. It’s best to stay close to your personality when dressing for an interview.
If the problem the search committee has is with your clothing, maybe you don’t want to work there.
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
i dress a bit more formally than i typically do. i’ll wear a dress or a blazer for sure.
On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:
1 2 3 4 5
What’s the dress code at your library/organization?
√ Other: i’m not sure we have a dress code.
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code?
√ Other: while there’s not a written dress code, per se, men have been asked to wear shirts with collars. shorts are frowned upon except on very hot summer days.
Librarians at your organization wear: (Please check all that apply)
√ Name tags
Do you have any other comments?
Can you work some Tim Gunn into the survey??
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!
Photo: Job Interview by Flickr user dichromatic winson