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:


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
Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library

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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