The last time we looked at stats and graphs for what candidates should wear was October 2012. We’ve had a few more responses trickle in, but mostly I just want to revisit these stats.
I also want to add my standard disclaimer that I’m using Google forms, and the charts it generates cut off some of the answer choices. It takes me a while to do a post like this, and even longer to make it prettier in Excel, so I’ll ask you to please just excuse how sloppy it looks. This is a labor of love, and I’m a busy lady.
Also I don’t use probability sampling, so what happens in the survey can’t be assumed to be what happens in the larger population. And this survey mashes together the responses of academic, public, special, school and other library organizations (although you’ll see that the majority of responses are from Academic librarians).
These responses have been collected between the survey’s launch, on 9/3/2012 and 11/30/2013. We are still collecting responses! If you want to take the survey, go to: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibOUTFITsurvey
The survey was co-written by Jill from Librarian Hire Fashion. Want to talk more about interview outfits? That’s the Tumblr to do it on!
And now the
What Candidates Should Wear
Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?
|Yes, absolutely! It shows respect and professionalism||48||20%|
|Probably, yes (but it’s ok if the candidate wears something a little less formal)||132||54%|
|Probably not (but it’s ok if the candidate does wear one)||36||15%|
|No way! It shows a lack of understanding about my library and/or the nature of librarianship||2||1%|
|I don’t care||12||5%|
An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:
|Counts as a suit||181||74%|
|Is totally different||22||9%|
|I do not know and/or care||30||12%|
Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.
|I don’t care||46||19%|
If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?
|Never, pantyhose is for my grandmother||10||4%|
|No, but it’s not a dealbreaker||84||34%|
|Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are inappropriate||49||20%|
|Yes, true professionals always wear pantyhose||11||4%|
Women should wear make-up to an interview:
|I don’t care, as long as it’s not over-the-top||108||44%|
|I don’t care what’s on the face, it’s what’s in the brain that counts||103||42%|
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||190||77%|
|I don’t care||9||4%|
Which jewelry may candidates wear:
|Single, simple necklace, bracelet, and/or ring||181||75%|
|A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings||177||73%|
|All of the simple necklaces, bracelets, and rings he or she can load on||43||18%|
|Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings||139||57%|
|Nose Ring (nostril)||86||36%|
|Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing||61||25%|
|Multiple Ear Piercings||136||56%|
|Large gauge ear jewelry (stretched ears)||49||20%|
Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:
|All of them, even pink||129||52%|
|Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)||89||36%|
The way a candidate dresses should:
|Be fairly neutral||99||40%|
|I don’t really care how a candidate dresses||26||11%|
What the Library Wears
On a scale of 1 to 5, where one is too dressed up for your workplace, khakis and a polo shirt are:
Too dressed up for my workplace
Too casual for my workplace
What’s the dress code at your library/organization?
|I don’t even know what any of that means||2||1%|
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code?
|N/A: We wear what we want!||50||22%|
Librarians at your organization wear:
|Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library||6||4%|
What type of institution do you hire for?
Where are you?
Where are you?
How many staff members are at your library?
Are you a librarian?
Are you now or have you ever been:
|a hiring manager (you are hiring people that you will directly or indirectly supervise)||179||74%|
|a member of a hiring or search committee||207||85%|
What do you think? What should we have asked? I realize we don’t talk about religious garb, or neckties… what else did we miss? Please comment below or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.
3 responses to “Stats and Graphs: 246 Responses on What Candidates Should Wear”
Thanks for compiling this information. I usually wear suits to interviews.
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If a coordinated jacket and pants counts as a suit, and a suit is too formal, I don’t understand what the respondents are suggesting people wear to interviews. Pants, blouse, no jacket? Mystery items?