This 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 100-200 staff members in an Urban 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.
If a woman wears a skirt to an interview, should she also wear pantyhose?
√ No, but it’s not a dealbreaker
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.
This wouldn’t eliminate them completely but would greatly affect my perception of them as a potential employee-sweat suits, dirty or ripped clothing, flip flops, non dressy shorts, swim wear, work uniform from another job, tops that bare midriffs, pants with underwear showing, extremely low cut top or overly revealing (like the tanks guys wear sometimes), snow or ski coat not removed before interview, some hats and anything t-shirt with words on it.
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
√ All of the simple necklaces, bracelets, and rings he or she can load on
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Nose Ring (nostril)
√ Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
√ Large gauge ear jewelry (stretched ears)
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?
The candidate should dress to reflect the organization that is hiring them. So in an urban setting like my library, I may be more liberal on some things. In a more conservative organization, the nose ring and non-standard piercings may need to be left off for the day.
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
Suit or separates with dress shoes or boots. Panyhose or tights depending on the weather. Minimum make up, foundation, blush, and lip gloss at least.
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?
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? (Please check all that apply)
√ Flip flops
Librarians at your organization wear: (Please check all that apply)
Do you have any other comments?
The khakis and white shirt is so 1990s and generic. Funny question.
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!