Monthly Archives: October 2012

Neat, Clean, Unwrinkled and It Should Fit.

Pic 002 (Zombie in a suit)

 

 

This anonymous interview is with a zombie librarian from a haunted urban area of the Ghouleastern Northeastern United States. This person works in a Spooky Special library with 0-10 undead staff members and has been a vampire, witch or goblin hiring manager.

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.

√ True

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

√ Other: if it is cold

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.

Dirty, smelly clothing-something with a large stain
Too much cologne on a man or woman
Tongue piercing if I can’t understand what you are saying

Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?

Neat, clean, unwrinkled and it should fit.

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:

√ Be fairly neutral

What This Library Wears

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

Professional-dress or suit

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?

√ Casual

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

√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

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

Photo: Flickr User Nina_Haghighi

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She Was Enormously Underdressed

Young Professional Smiling

 

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian from an urban area in the Southern US. This person works at a library with 0-10 staff members and has been a member of a hiring or search committee.

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Yes, absolutely! It shows respect and professionalism

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Counts as a suit

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

√ True

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.

There was one candidate who showed up wearing birkenstocks, a sundress, and an oversized touristy zippered fleece sweater, none of which matched or coordinated. We were hiring for a position at a university where the students have a professional business attire dress code, so she was enormously underdressed.

It’s less about the specific items and more about matching formality of the hiring institution. If you are slightly overdressed, that is fine, but being more than slightly underdressed is a big no-no.

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
√ Earrings
√ 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:

√ Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

Doing some research on the work environment before interviewing is important– the candidate should be dressed at least as formally as they would be expected to dress in their everyday duties. However, a suit or coordinated jacket and pants is never amiss. Even if the staff are very informal and free with clothing requirements, dressing a little more conservatively than you would on the job is a good idea.

What This Library Wears

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

I wear a suit or coordinated dress/skirt/pants and jacket.

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

5

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

√ Business formal

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

√ Jeans
√ Flip flops
√ Visible Tattoos
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Sneakers/trainers

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Name tags

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

Photo: photostock on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Overtly Political Slogans Would Raise Serious Red Flags

business man with hands in pockets by Ambroon FreeDigitalPhotos

This anonymous interview is with a recruiter.  This person has been a hiring manager and a 3rd party library recruiter for a recruiting agency with 0-10 staff members in an urban area of the UK.

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, 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.

flip flops, ripped jeans, clothes with overtly political slogans would raise serious red flags. I’ve had someone keep on an outdoor hooded coat throughout an interview, with the hood up, which made me wonder what they were hiding.

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
√ Earrings

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?

The way someone presents themselves reflects the way they think about themselves, their level of self confidence, their level of care and attention to detail, and how much they respect themselves and the interview process – no wonder it has such an influence!
I think that any well coordinated, smart, outfit that reflects the level of formality at the organisation, with a high level of personal grooming, would positively affect my hiring decision.

What This Library Wears

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

In a suit.

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
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

Name tags
Badges
Uniforms
Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library
Other:

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

Photo: Ambro on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Libraryland is Very Small and We Know One Another

Librarians, State Library of New South Wales, 1952

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 10-50 staff members.

What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

Initiative, sense of humor, personality. You have to be able to fit in and get along with people.

Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?

If someone misspells the name of the institution and library where they are applying to, or if they use the same letter for multiple jobs, and don’t change the name of the institution, or the job title.

What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?

The same “canned” letter. I would like to see a little personality in the letter.

Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?

Explanation of the gaps they have in between jobs.

How many pages should a cover letter be?

√ Two is ok, but no more

How many pages should a resume/CV be?

√ As many as it takes, but keep it short and sweet

Do you have a preferred format for application documents?

√ No preference, as long as I can open it

Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?

√ No

If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?

√ Both as an attachment and in the body of the email

What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?

Show a little personality, interest in the position, having done some homework about the institution, ask a few questions.

What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?

They go on and on about themselves; assume that they know everything about libraries or the institution where they are applying.

How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?

NA. I just started at my new position.

Anything else you’d like to let job-seekers know?

Don’t talk bad about your former places of employment. Libraryland is very small and we know one another.

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Be Respectful

business man

This anonymous interview is with a Canadian public librarian who has been a hiring manager, a member of a hiring or search committee, human resources, and a CEO. His/Her library has 10-50 staff members and is in a city/town.

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.

√ True

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.

Blue jeans
play clothes

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
√ Earrings

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: Be respectful

What This Library Wears

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?

√ Other: None

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Other: Their own clothes

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

Photo: Andy Newson on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Further Questions: What is the most important “soft” skill?

**This question is inspired by the segment on non-cognitive skills from the Back to School episode of This American Life. It’s a great episode, if you’re looking for something to listen to:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/474/back-to-school

This week I asked people who hire librarians:

What is the most important “soft” skill for a candidate to have, and how can it be demonstrated in an application packet (if it can)?

J. McRee Elrod

Since our cataloguers work at a distance, the “ability to play with others” important in a workplace does not usually apply.  We value promptness and living up to commitments.  We have no way of measuring this other than experience with the cataloguer, and don’t know how it could be demonstrated in advance.

– J. McRee (Mac) Elrod, Special Libraries Catalouging

Nicola FranklinHmm this week’s question is harder than it looks!  Given other things being equal (which they often are; people attend the same/similar MLS programmes after all), it is soft skills that often tip the balance between candidates, so picking out just one to be the most important is hard!

I would say that communication skills are the most important ‘soft’ skill for a candidate to have.  Of course, ‘communication skills’ is a short phrase for a large range of skills.  Unpacking it, you get written, verbal and non-verbal communication, and within each of those are again a range of skills.  For example, within verbal communication you have persuasion, influencing, presenting, telephone skills, reference interviewing, etc.

Candidates can demonstrate written communication skills directly through their resume or application form – is the writing clear, concise, articulate?  Verbal communication skills are harder to show in the application packet, but can still be alluded to indirectly, for example by including experience of chairing meetings, giving presentations, manning issue or enquiry desks, etc, which involve using verbal skills.

I’ve written more about different types of communication skills on my blog.

– Nicola Franklin, Director, The Library Career Centre Ltd.

Marleah AugustineOver time working in a library, I found that empathy and patience is one of the most important skills that people should have in a public library. We work with a wide range of patrons, and it’s very important to be patient and understanding. When I have a tough experience with a patron, I can’t be snippy and rude to them — I don’t know if they just lost a family member, if they have a mental health issue, if they didn’t take their blood pressure medication that morning, or if they just lost their job. Yes, it can be trying, but I have to be able to brush it off and move on with my day — and not take it out on the next person to approach the desk. I might be skewed in this direction because I also have a master’s in psychology, but I think it’s very important for staff to realize that they don’t know what that patron is experiencing and they must treat all patrons with the same level of professionalism and respect.

That skill is also important when working with fellow coworkers. Not everyone has the same work style or method of approaching tasks, but different methods can be equally productive. Staff need to consider that what works for them doesn’t always work for others, and this goes for part-time and full-time staff alike.

– Marleah Augustine, Adult Department Librarian at Hays Public Library

Laurie PhillipsOkay, I’ll be the first to admit that I had to look up soft skills because I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. Truth is, what you call soft skills are, in many cases, more important to us than anything else. You have to have these basics to come work here. Most of them can’t be demonstrated in an application packet, but you should be prepared to address them in interviews and presentations and to expect that your references will have to address them.

I found any article by Kate Lorenz titled “Top 10 Soft Skills for Job Hunters” on the web. Her top 10 are all crucial in my environment:

1. Strong work ethic – we need people who are thinkers and visionaries but we also absolutely need people who are productive – what we call “do-ers.”

2. Positive attitude – one person we interviewed in my last search asked for feedback on why he didn’t get the job. The main thing was his attitude toward some big projects we were accomplishing over the summer. He sounded like he was dreading the fallout. On the other hand, the person I hired described our approach as “fearless.”

3. Good communication skills – this is a top requirement. Written communication skills are evidenced by your letter. Don’t miss that opportunity. Verbal and interpersonal skills will come out in your interviews and presentations.

4. Time management abilities – the ability to juggle multiple responsibilities is crucial. We are blended librarians who have a lot on our plates. We ask people in the phone/Skype interview to describe situations that illustrate these abilities.

5. Problem-solving skills – again, a crucial skill. We are often looking at creative solutions to difficult problems.

6. Acting as a team player – we are a team-based organization, so we often ask references about the person’s ability to work with others collaboratively. If all of their accomplishments are solitary, it’s hard to see them fitting in here.

7. Self-confidence – we have to put ourselves out there with our students and faculty and project confidence in our abilities and our knowledge in order to be taken seriously.

8. Ability to accept and learn from criticism – our librarians get a lot of feedback and mentoring as part of the rank and tenure process. If they cannot learn from that feedback and respond to it, they will not progress.

9. Flexibility/Adaptability – our jobs change and evolve. We have to be open to that.

10. Working well under pressure – our Learning Commons desk is insane for the first couple of weeks of school. If we can survive that and our teaching load, we’re fine.

– Laurie Phillips, Associate Dean for Technical Services, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans

Thank you as always to our contributors for their time and insight.  If you’re someone who hires librarians and are interested in participating in this feature, please email me at hiringlibrariansATgmail.

Thanks for reading! All day I’ve faced a barren waste, without the taste of comments, cool comments.

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Hiatus

Hi friends, family, colleagues, and dear unknowns,
I need to spend some time with my family and am taking this next week off.
We will return with a Further Questions post on Friday 11/26.

 

Can you believe this blog is nearly eight months old?  There are a lot of great gems and groans in the archive, let me know what your favorites are!
Talk to you soon,

Emily

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Stats and Graphs: 235 Responses on What Candidates Should Wear

I hope you’ve been enjoying reading the individual responses!  I know we’ve had some controversial ones, which just confirms my understanding that pantyhose is serious business.

We’ve had some more responses from non-academic libraries, but academic librarians do remain the majority respondents.  I hope to be able to break out responses from public librarians for you soon.

I also want to add my standard disclaimer that I’m using Google forms, and the charts it generates cut off some of the answer choices.  It takes me a while to do a post like this, and even longer to make it prettier in Excel, so I’ll ask you to please just excuse how sloppy it looks.  This is a labor of love, and I’m a busy lady.

And now the

RESULTS!

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

Yes, absolutely! It shows respect and professionalism   43   18%
Probably, yes (but it’s ok if the candidate wears something a little less formal)   127
  54%
Probably not (but it’s ok if the candidate does wear one)   35   15%
No way! It shows a lack of understanding about my library and/or the nature of librarianship   2   1%
I don’t care   12   5%
Other   16   7%

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

Counts as a suit   173
  74%
Is totally different   22   9%
I do not know and/or care   28   12%
Other   12   5%

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

True   94   40%
False   65   28%
I don’t care   43   18%
Other   33   14%

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

Never, pantyhose is for my grandmother   10   4%
No, but it’s not a dealbreaker   78   33%
Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are inappropriate   47   20%
Yes, true professionals always wear pantyhose   11   5%
Other   89   38%

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

Always   11   5%
I don’t care, as long as it’s not over-the-top   102
  43%
I don’t care what’s on the face, it’s what’s in the brain that counts   99   42%
Never   0   0%
Other   23   10%

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   181
  77%
No   37   16%
I don’t care   9   4%
Other   8   3%

Which jewelry may candidates wear:

Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring   172
  74%
A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings   168   73%
All of the simple necklaces, bracelets, and rings he or she can load on   41   18%
Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings   131   57%
Nose Ring (nostril)   80   35%
Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing   56   24%
Earrings   181   78%
Multiple Ear Piercings   131   57%
Large gauge ear jewelry (stretched ears)   48   21%
Other   77   33%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

All of them, even pink   123
  52%
Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)   84   36%
Other   28   12%

The way a candidate dresses should:

Show personality   56   24%
Be fairly neutral   96   41%
I don’t really care how a candidate dresses   26   11%
Other   57   24%

What the Library Wears

On a scale of  1 to 5, where one is too dressed up for your workplace, khakis and a polo shirt are:

1 –
Too dressed up for my workplace
1   0%
2   4   2%
3   169
  72%
4   36   15%
5 –
Too casual for my workplace
14   6%

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

Business formal   8   3%
Business casual   138
  59%
Casual   48   20%
I don’t even know what any of that means   2   1%
Other   39   17%

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

Jeans   64   29%
Flip flops   108   49%
Visible Tattoos   27   12%
Short skirts/shorts   89   40%
Tank tops   94   43%
Logos/band insignia/slogans   76   34%
Sneakers/trainers   35   16%
N/A: We wear what we want!   47   21%
Other   128   58%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Librarians at your organization wear:

Name tags   96   61%
Badges   41   26%
Uniforms   1   1%
Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library   5   3%
Other   55   35%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

What type of institution do you hire for?

Academic Library   129
  55%
Public Library   76   32%
School Library   0   0%
Special Library   12   5%
Archives   9   4%
Other   9   4%

Where are you?

Northeastern US   61   26%
Midwestern US   64   27%
Southern US   56   24%
Western US   33   14%
Canada   9   4%
UK   5   2%
Australia/New Zealand   1   0%
Other   6   3%

Where are you?

Urban area   73   31%
Suburban area   56   24%
City/town   72   31%
Rural area   30   13%
Other   4   2%

How many staff members are at your library?

0-10   57   24%
10-50   112
  48%
50-100   30   13%
100-200   20   9%
200+   14   6%

Are you a librarian?

Yes   212
  90%
No   6   3%
It’s complicated   17   7%

Are you now or have you ever been:

a hiring manager 168   72%
a member of a hiring or search committee 197   85%
human resources 8   3%
Other 6   3%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

If you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them. You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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It Affects What Others I Work with Think

Business Woman Smiling

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban area of the Southern US.

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: is this a serious question?

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.

We had an interviewee as if she could take her shoes off during our library tour. She also wanted to order alcoholic drinks during lunch. Neither was a good move.

Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?

Nope.

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)

√ Other: I don’t care

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It doesn’t affect my decision as much as it affects what others I work with think.

What This Library Wears

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

Slacks and sport coat, with tie.

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

√ Jeans
√ Flip flops
√ Tank tops

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

Photo: imagerymajestic on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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No No No Stilettos

Full Length of Business Woman

This anonymous interview is with a librarian who has been a a hiring manager at a special library with 0-10 staff members in an urban area in Canada.

 

 

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.

√ True

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.

no no no stilettos – heels are great but not stripper or clubbing shoes please!
take out facial piercings (nose, lips, eyebrows) for an interview.
lowcut or unbuttoned shirts that reveal tattoos are not for interviews. If you have ink on your legs wear opaque tights.

Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?

well-fitted dark pants, hemmed appropriately, with a simple white blouse, simple pump heels. Classy and professional.

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
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It’s part of the fit that I am looking for. We work with professionals and we must appear to be professional too. Maybe the candidate can only afford to shop at thrift stores, that’s ok as long as the clothing fits well, appears clean, and professional. It doesn’t take a lot of money to look professional. Simple, classic styles are all you need.

What This Library Wears

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

dress pants, blouse and cardigan or jacket, heels and usual amount of jewelry (almost too much but part of my look), medium amount of make-up to model what is expected from my position.

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

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

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