Who the h looks over the desk to see?

JOB INTERVIEW .. by Flickr user mrbill78636This anonymous interview is with a Public librarian who has been a hiring manager. This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in a Suburban area 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:

√ I do not know and/or care

Bare arms are inappropriate in an interview, even in the summer.

√ False

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

√ Other: Who the h looks over the desk to see?

What This Library Wears

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


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
 √ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Other: County govt has a dress code

Librarians at your organization wear: (Please check all that apply)

√ Name tags
√ Badges

Do you have any other comments?

Just interviewed six, for one position. All were basically fine, two women had it slightly off: one in t-shirt (but asked if we had a dress code), one over-dressed. The men…shirt and tie…all fine.

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

Photo: JOB INTERVIEW .. by Flickr user mrbill78636 via Creative Commons

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