This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager, a human resources professional, and 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 Western US.
What Candidates Should Wear
Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?
√ I don’t care
An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:
√ Counts as a suit
Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.
√ Other: OK for women, not for men
If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?
√ Other: I’ve noticed younger women don’t wear hose very much anymore, so even though I think it’s inappropriate I wouldn’t hold it against them.
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.
A hat unless for religious reasons
Shirts with messages on them or pictures
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
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?
I cannot stand looking at people with piercings anywhere other than small earpiercings (no gauges). I would never hire someone with a nose ring, eyebrow ring, and especially not a pierced tongue. I am also very turned off by tattoos although I know a lot of professionals have them. I hope they have the sense to cover them up for interviews, though.
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
Like I do every other day. We are a fairly casual organization so I may be wearing a t shirt dress. It is unfair but we are generally dressed more casually than we would expect the candidate to 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?
√ N/A: We wear what we want!
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: A Job Interview… by Flickr user mrbill78636