This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an Urban 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:
√ 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 what’s on the face, it’s what’s in the brain that counts
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.
No flip flops or sandals. Argh! Also, I don’t want to see anyone’s undergarments – waistbands or bra straps.
Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?
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:
√ Other: As long as they’re not sloppy, I don’t care. Personality is great as long as one’s personality isn’t “slovely”:
How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?
I am open to different lifestyles, (sub)cultures, and expressions of one’s identity. However, I also want employees who are attentive to detail and self-aware. Along those lines, non-traditional costume is fine as long as it doesn’t evince a character that is oppositional to what I am seeking.
What This Library Wears
How do you dress when you are going to conduct an interview?
Slacks or skirt and knit top or button down shirt. Same as I always wear in office.
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?
√ No code.
Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code?
√ Flip flops
√ Other: Dangling jewelry not allowed in archives.
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!