I Make Sure to Include Some Kind of Color

Aleta she's ready for the interview :) by Flickr user mayhem

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 50-100 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.

False

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 what’s on the face, it’s what’s in the brain that counts

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
Nose Ring (nostril)
Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
Earrings
Multiple Ear Piercings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

All of them, even pink
Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)
Other:

The way a candidate dresses should:

Show personality

What This Library Wears

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

A nice blouse, trousers and heels or a nice dress and heels. I make sure to include some kind of color (in clothing or accent jewelry) rather than all black or grey.

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
Visible Tattoos
Other: anything showing cleavage

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: Aleta she’s ready for the interview 🙂 by Flickr user mayhem, via Creative Commons License

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