Dressing Like a Vampire

Me after a job interview. by Flickr user FoxipherThis anonymous interview is with a Public librarian who has been a hiring manager. This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a Rural area in the Midwestern 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.


If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?

Yes, true professionals always wear pantyhose

Women should wear make-up to an interview:


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.

Short shorts, flip-flops, spaghetti straps, much more cleavage (butt & otherwise) than I ever want to see, dressing like a vampire, any skintight clothing, bare bellies, excess of chains, dog collars (although I wouldn’t be against a flea collar for some), the goth look, excess of makeup

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

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)

The way a candidate dresses should:

Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

The way we dress affects the public’s perception. If we are seen as businesslike, we probably will be treated as such. We will also be treated more respectfully.

What This Library Wears

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

A nice dress or pant outfit, tasteful jewelry, a bit of makeup, nice heels,

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
Visible Tattoos
Short skirts/shorts
Tank tops
Logos/band insignia/slogans

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: Me after a job interview. by Flickr user Foxipher

1 Comment

Filed under 0-10 staff members, Midwestern US, Public, Rural area, What Should Candidates Wear?

One response to “Dressing Like a Vampire

  1. Guess I’m not a true professional, then. Good to know.

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