This anonymous interview is with an Public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 200+ staff members in a Suburban area in the Western 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.
√ Other: do you mean for men or women? probably it doesn’t matter.
If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?
√ Other: I don’t care
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.
flip-flops, see through clothing, too much perfume, holey clothing
Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?
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
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
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?
poorly or thoughtlessly dressed makes me think they don’t care enough to want the job OR that they will be careless when they get the job. if this is the best they can do now, how will they dress when they start working? a well dressed/smartly turned out candidate shows that they are eager for the job and care about how they present themselves to the world. i want someone like that to represent my city and my library.
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
heels, suit, makeup, hair styled and simple jewelry.
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
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
Librarians at your organization wear: (Please check all that apply)
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 Pulpolux !!! via Creative Commons License