I Didn’t Think I Cared about What a Person Wore, Until I Got This Survey

Job Interview ! by Flickr user A.J. PhotoThis anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a City/town in the Northeastern 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.

I don’t care

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.

Torn jeans, too tight tops or bottoms, skirts that make it nearly impossible to sit down, shoes that can’t be walked in.

Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?

It’s funny that I didn’t think I cared about what a person wore, until I got this survey, but I do realize now, that if a person dresses for the interview as if they are going to scrub floors, I’m probably not going to take them seriously.

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:

All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:
Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

I do want the candidate to show some respect for the Library. I don’t mind if the clothes aren’t expensive, but I do expect the person to be neat and wear something that says she wanted the job.

What This Library Wears

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

In a suit or dress

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?

Logos/band insignia/slogans

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

Photo: Job Interview ! by Flickr user A.J. Photo


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