This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a Rural area in the Northeastern US.
What Candidates Should Wear
Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?
√ Probably not (but it’s ok if the candidate does wear one)
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:
√ 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.
Visible bra straps are a non-starter.
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
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:
√ All of them, even pink
The way a candidate dresses should:
√ Other:Be neat, clean and professional.
How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?
I expect them to have enough common sense to know how to dress for a professional position. If they don’t, they either don’t care or don’t have sufficient research skills, either of which would disqualify them.
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
Dress or pants/blouse, jacket, and low-heeled shoes.
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
Do you have any other comments?
I liked this survey. It was interesting and well designed. One question I thought was confusing, though, was the one about the dress code/expectations in “your workplace” — it wasn’t clear whether that was the library or the university at large. They are different. (We dress better than the faculty.)
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!
Photo: If I’m gonna haul my ass into SPANX, somebody is TAKING MY PICTURE by Flickr user Mandajuice via Creative Commons License