This interview is with Cheryl Becker, who is a retired/free-lance library consultant. Ms. Becker is proud to be able to advise and assist others in the profession, from her work consulting and presenting workshops (sample list here: http://cherylbecker.wordpress.com/workshops/ ) to advising individual job-seekers with things like resume revision and interview tips. She has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee, primarily in public libraries in an urban area of the Midwestern US.
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.
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:
Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?
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
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?
Skirt or dress, jacket–I dress nicely.
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: I am retired so n/a
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? Please check all that apply
√ Other: see above
Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply:
√ Other: none of the above
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!