womens suit

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This anonymous interview is with a public 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 city/town in 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.

 √  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

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)

√  A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings
√  Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√  Earrings
√  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?


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?

√  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

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!


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