Pink hair might be okay for a library assistant or even a professional librarian

8.36pm: Trying on potential job interview outfits by Flickr user webbyclareThis 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 10-50 staff members in a Suburban 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:

I do not know and/or care

Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.


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.

Really garish colors, overly-revealing clothing, something very ill-fitting or out-dated. Probably not a complete deal-breaker if the interviewee is impressive in other ways, but clothing can create a bad first impression.

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
Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
Nose Ring (nostril)
Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
Multiple Ear Piercings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

Other: Depends on the position. Pink hair might be okay for a library assistant or even a professional librarian. Don’t think a library director should do it, though.

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, top, dress 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

Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? (Please check all that apply)

N/A: We wear what we want!

Librarians at your organization wear: (Please check all that apply)


This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!

Photo: 8.36pm: Trying on potential job interview outfits by Flickr user webbyclare



Filed under 10-50 staff members, Academic, Northeastern US, Suburban area, What Should Candidates Wear?

3 responses to “Pink hair might be okay for a library assistant or even a professional librarian

  1. Pingback: Nose Rings to a Library Interview?! | Jennie Catherine Minor

  2. We love pink hair and as long as the person is competent in the job that they are applying for it shouldn’t really make a difference. Just like one’s skin color shouldn’t matter neither should the color of their hair as long as it looks neat and presentable.


  3. Kate L.

    I went to scout out a potential job today and the age 66 short-white haired long-time public library director had hot pink streaks in the front of her hair. None of her event appearance photos show the streaks, so I’m starting to wonder if something unsettling happened to her in her personal life recently.


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