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
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
|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%|
An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:
|Counts as a suit||173
|Is totally different||22||9%|
|I do not know and/or care||28||12%|
Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.
|I don’t care||43||18%|
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%|
Women should wear make-up to an interview:
|I don’t care, as long as it’s not over-the-top||102
|I don’t care what’s on the face, it’s what’s in the brain that counts||99||42%|
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
|I don’t care||9||4%|
Which jewelry may candidates wear:
|Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring||172
|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%|
|Multiple Ear Piercings||131||57%|
|Large gauge ear jewelry (stretched ears)||48||21%|
Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:
|All of them, even pink||123
|Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)||84||36%|
The way a candidate dresses should:
|Be fairly neutral||96||41%|
|I don’t really care how a candidate dresses||26||11%|
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:
Too dressed up for my workplace
Too casual for my workplace
What’s the dress code at your library/organization?
|I don’t even know what any of that means||2||1%|
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code?
|N/A: We wear what we want!||47||21%|
Librarians at your organization wear:
|Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library||5||3%|
What type of institution do you hire for?
Where are you?
Where are you?
How many staff members are at your library?
Are you a librarian?
Are you now or have you ever been:
|a hiring manager||168||72%|
|a member of a hiring or search committee||197||85%|
If you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them. You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.