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Bare Legs Are Ok if Appropriate for the Weather

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a rural area of the Northeastern US.  This librarian has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.

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.

√ False

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

√ Other: Bare legs are ok if appropriate for the weather.

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.

T shirts, sweat shirts, jogging clothes, things that look like they slept in them.

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
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: be professional

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

If the candidate does not dress appropriately I get the impression that they aren’t really interested in our position.

What This Library Wears

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

Not in a suit but in a dress or other professional looking outfit.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

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

√ Other: No formal dress code, it is unwritten.

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: Warmer on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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A Fun Print Dress with a Solid Color cardigan is Always a Winner

Smiling Business Woman Arms Crossed

 

This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a city/town in the Midwestern US.  This librarian has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.

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:

√ Is totally different

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

√ Other: I think sleeveless tops are pushing it a bit too far, but a tasteful cap sleeve or short sleeve is ok.

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:

√ Other: Just like clothes, should look put together and professional, but also natural

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 – we interview a lot of college students for our page/clerk position, and many come in wearing clothes a step up from jeans, so the applicant has to be really awesome for us to look past jeans. It’s an easy way to narrow down the field. Unfortunately, I have no funny stories! I wish I did!

Can you share any stories about how a candidate nailed the proper interview outfit, especially if your organization does not expect suits?

No stories but I read the blog Academichic and turned to that for my own interview wear. Pretty much anything on that website would qualify as proper interview attire. Unique accessories make people memorable and let them express themselves a bit – so throw on a coordinating scarf or fun earrings, by all means. A fun print dress with a solid color cardigan is always a winner.

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)
√ Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
√ Large gauge ear jewelry (stretched ears)
√ Other: Nothing is an instant dealbreaker for me, as long as it is tasteful and neat.

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?

It must be tasteful and neat in all cases. Seeing a little bit of personality is always nice, whether it is shown through accessories or use of color. I like to see someone who is comfortable (if you’re not comfortable wearing heels, don’t wear them!) and confident in what they wear and who is a bit expressive.

What This Library Wears

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

I typically wear a polo or button down with my library’s logo, a sweater (it’s always freezing in the library), and trousers or a skirt. If it’s summer, usually a dress and the ever-present sweater.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

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

√ N/A: We wear what we want!
√ Other: We have staff from 18-65 here and everyone has a different idea. We are moving toward a dressier workplace, but our college students tend to dress down a bit more. Nothing is off limits unless it is sloppy or tasteless.

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Name tags
√ Other: We have shirts and jackets with our logo embroidered as an option of what to wear, but this isn’t the only thing we can wear.

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

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Overtly Political Slogans Would Raise Serious Red Flags

business man with hands in pockets by Ambroon FreeDigitalPhotos

This anonymous interview is with a recruiter.  This person has been a hiring manager and a 3rd party library recruiter for a recruiting agency with 0-10 staff members in an urban area of the UK.

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.

√ False

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

√ Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are inappropriate

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, ripped jeans, clothes with overtly political slogans would raise serious red flags. I’ve had someone keep on an outdoor hooded coat throughout an interview, with the hood up, which made me wonder what they were hiding.

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
√ Earrings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

The way someone presents themselves reflects the way they think about themselves, their level of self confidence, their level of care and attention to detail, and how much they respect themselves and the interview process – no wonder it has such an influence!
I think that any well coordinated, smart, outfit that reflects the level of formality at the organisation, with a high level of personal grooming, would positively affect my hiring decision.

What This Library Wears

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

In a suit.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

4

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
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

Name tags
Badges
Uniforms
Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library
Other:

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

Photo: Ambro on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Be Respectful

business man

This anonymous interview is with a Canadian public librarian who has been a hiring manager, a member of a hiring or search committee, human resources, and a CEO. His/Her library has 10-50 staff members and is in a city/town.

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.

√ True

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.

Blue jeans
play clothes

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
√ Earrings

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: Be respectful

What This Library Wears

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

What’s the dress code at your library/organization?

√ Other: None

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Other: Their own clothes

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

Photo: Andy Newson on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Skirt or Dress, Jacket–I Dress Nicely

Cheryl BeckerThis interview is with Cheryl Becker, who is a retired/free-lance library consultant.  Ms. Becker is proud to be able to advise and assist others in the profession, from her work consulting and presenting workshops (sample list here: http://cherylbecker.wordpress.com/workshops/ ) to advising individual job-seekers with things like resume revision and interview tips. She has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee, primarily in public libraries in an urban area of the Midwestern US.

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Yes, absolutely! It shows respect and professionalism

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

√ Counts as a suit

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

√ True

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

√ Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are inappropriate

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ Always

Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?

√ No

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

√ Earrings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Be fairly neutral

What This Library Wears

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

Skirt or dress, jacket–I dress nicely.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

What’s the dress code at your library/organization?

√ Other: I am retired so n/a

Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? Please check all that apply

√ Other: see above

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

√ Other: none of the above

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

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The Only Horrifying Accessory I’ve Seen Was When a Candidate Lit a Cigarette

Matt in a suit by Flickr User soapbeard

Matt in a suit by Flickr User soapbeard

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian from a library with 10-50 people in a suburban area of the Southern US.  This librarian has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.

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.

√ True

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

√ Other: I have no idea.

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 t-shirts or jeans. Anything nicer than that wouldn’t be a deal breaker. The only horrifying accessory I’ve seen was when a candidate lit a cigarette while walking across campus with the search committee, had smoke blowing in our faces, and he never asked or even mentioned the fact that he was smoking. Years later, that’s the only thing I remember about him.

Do you expect different levels of formality of dress, depending on the position you’re hiring for?

√ No

Which jewelry may candidates wear: (Please select all that are acceptable)

√ 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
√ Earrings
√ 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: Be respectable

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

As long as they dress and behave in a respectable manner, it doesn’t affect my decision in the least.

What This Library Wears

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

Long-sleeve dress shirt, often with cufflinks, tie, and/or blazer. Casual pants, no suit, no jeans.

On a scale of one (too dressed up for my workplace) to five (too casual), khakis and a polo shirt are:

3

What’s the dress code at your library/organization?

√ Casual

Are there any specific items of clothing, etc. that are forbidden by your dress code? Please check all that apply

√ Other: I’ve heard mention of a dress code, but I have no idea what it is.

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!

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