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 50-100 staff members in a Suburban area in the
What Candidates Should Wear
Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?
√ Yes, absolutely! It shows respect and professionalism
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?
√ Other:Whatever is comfortable and dependent on weather. If you’re interviewing in January, please cover your legs for your own sake!
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.
Thankfully my candidates have worn professional interview dress. I have been appalled by candidates for positions outside of my department — wrinkled clothes, khaki pants and not dressy top for professional position, and worst in my opinion, wearing sandals with panty hose. Please don’t wear sandals with panty hose. That is just dumb.
Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?
A young candidate came impeccably dressed in a beautiful grey suit, black flats, and an appropriate top. It demonstrated to me that she took this interview 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)
√ Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:
√ All of them, even pink
The way a candidate dresses should:
√ Show personality
How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?
It’s more of a bonus than a factor.
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
A little nicer than usual — decent slacks, heels, pearls, nice top.
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)
√ Other: Unfortunately, no. Support staff get away with a lot.
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!
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