If you live in a vanilla world, neapolitan won’t fit.

Work Interview Outfit in Buenos Aires by Flickr user Iluminado y Eterno MartinThis anonymous interview is with a public 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 Midwestern US.  

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Other: You need to be coordinated and make a nice appearance. NOTHING less than Business attire.

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Other: Will work if does not look too casual

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

√ Other: So long as it is only the arms showing I don’t care

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

√ Yes, true professionals always wear pantyhose

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ Other: Again, you want to look your best but not say party girl

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.

Jeans, shorts, capris, tank tops, low cut tops, flip-flops, nothing too tight, sweat shirts, beach attire or camping attire

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
√ Earrings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ Natural colors (black, brown, red, blonde, gray)

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Show personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

Attire is part of a first impression. Will they be accepted by the community?
If you live in a vanilla world, neapolitan won’t fit.

What This Library Wears

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

suit, stockings, conservative appearance

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)

√ Jeans
√ Flip flops
√ Short skirts/shorts

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: Work Interview Outfit in Buenos Aires by Flickr user Iluminado y Eterno Martin

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