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I Requested That She Wear Something a Little More Modest, As My Boss Was a Religious Sister

Monster Remix 10.10.06 by Flickr user grapefruitmoon

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a hiring manager, a member of a hiring or search committee and is currently a Director of Library Services (two locations). This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a 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.

√ True

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

√ Other: depends on the length of the skirt, the age of the wearer, and the weather

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ Other: it’s a grey area (and not the color of the face), and cannot be easily answered yes/no. Whatever it takes to be professional, but not dripping / gooey / street walker type

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.

I once interviewed a young woman (actually wearing a suit) whose blouse was cut so low it was hard to look anyplace else; this was probably 2004. When I called to confirm her interview time with my boss (a sister of Mercy), I requested that she wear something a little more modest, as my boss was a religious sister. there didn’t seem to be a problem with that, but on the day of the interview, she sent an email saying the position wasn’t really what she wanted, and she was canceling the appointment.

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

the time before last that we hired, I asked the current librarians to be the interview committee (for a new part-time position). I came in at the end, to give them all free reign and also because I had been out ill with a very bad respiratory condition). The young woman we hired (April 2011) had graduated the previous December; she wore a tweed suit, had her long hair up in a twist, wore hosiery, had smart, but sensible low heeled pumps on to match. Add to that – she was / is one savvy young woman.

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)

√ A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings
√ Other: None

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ Other: some ‘natural’ colors aren’t really that when dyed. It’s hard for me to overlook, but I know brains are not lacking if hair is wild

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

The last candidate (that we hired) is someone I knew when we overlapped in library school 98-99. I was amazed that she would wear such a low cut dress and would not have hired, except that the first choice decided she couldn’t live on part time, and my staff had worked with this 2nd choice in the public library arena. We are an academic, private, very small college.

What This Library Wears

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

a tad more formal than my usual khakis and short or long sleeved shirt. I don’t ever wear high heels, but would ordinarily wear hosiery and dress shoes.

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)

√ Flip flops
√ Other: here in the library we are more formal with our workstudies – no flipflops, low cut or very short skirts/shorts. they will either be sent home if practicable or asked to wear a very large t shirt we keep for the purpose. Staff (all librarians are staff) occasionally have to be reminded that low cut is not acceptable.

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

√ Other: generally casual

Do you have any other comments?

The one question you didn’t ask – what is the age range of the person filling out the survey? While I graduated from library school in September of 1999, I had had a couple of professional positions before that and raised a family of three boys and one girl. I was single from 1979 – 1986, worked full time and had two in elementary grades and two high schoolers.

Some of your answers from which to choose I discerned as being much more focused on 30-somethings than any other range. With the number of us that have NOT retired when the next generation down expected us to. . . . we have a different slant.

I do not expect everyone to wear a suit or suit and tie, but I do expect them to be clean and neat; I don’t want to see body parts from a too short shirt or too lowcut top. Hosiery – was certainly expected in the 1960s, but not today, not even in an interview. Oh, and the young woman who wore the suit was 22 and is the only one of five who handwrote a thank-you note.

I have another story, too. One of my library school friends graduated in 2000. She also was divorced, kids grown, 2nd husband divorced her less than 10 years into the marriage as she had breast cancer. She supported herself working three jobs, one of them 29 miles away. She took a job cataloging, quit all of her other ones, and then they let her go after two weeks. NY is an ’employment at will state’, so they didn’t even need a reason. This friend showed up here for a job interview looking like something that the cat dragged in. I would have much preferred her to call and say there was a family emergency, could we reschedule? But she just showed up and said “ordinarily I would never come to an interview like this, but I knew you were my friend and would understand”. No, I didn’t understand.

Similarly, one of the college’s part time financial aid persons had a sister who had graduated from the same school I did, but a few years later. I provided the ‘real world’ answers to a project she had to do. No thanks – not even by email. She applied for a job we posted internally, but not on time. She did not get an interview.

You’ve hit on a valuable service to / for hiring managers. When we did not have an HR department, I personally wrote letters to all the candidates informing them we had hired another. Now, with HR – they don’t do that. It flies in the face of all sorts of ethical behavior in my book.

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

Photo: Monster Remix 10.10.06 by Flickr user grapefruitmoon via Creative Commons License

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Arty Stuff Should be in Moderation

08-18-05_0922.jpg by Flickr user jsmjr

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who says:

I have not been on a search committee, but our staff gets to meet with and ask questions of our interview candidates throughout the day.

This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a City/town in the Northeastern US.

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Other: Depends. From my understanding, academic libraries want candidates to wear suits. This may be different for other types of libraries.

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.

Anyone walking in with jeans or sneakers, I would automatically discount. Or flip-flops, but I am of the opinion that you should NEVER wear flip-flops. Anything low-cut on women, shoulder-bearing on men. Anything with sequins.

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

We had a candidate come in with structured, fitted black slacks, a black long-sleeve button-down shirt, and cowboy boots. She also had a really nice neckerchief on. I was floored by her outfit. I have always been instructed by mentors to always wear suits at academic library interviews, no question. Her casual outfit threw me off, but at the same time, I felt it was appropriate and showcased her personality more. It’s what she’d probably wear actually coming to work. She was put-together and professional, while still being herself. Besides, who wears a suit to work anymore?

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)

√ A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, or rings
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings
√ Other: Arty stuff should be in moderation, I would argue. One statement piece, like a necklace or bracelet, I think can work. Too much would be distracting for me.

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: A little personality is good, but I vote for mostly neutral.

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

Dressing in a clean and professional manner shows courtesy to the staff members at the interview and, in my mind, respect for the position for which this person is applying and the institution he’s visiting. If he can’t make a bit of a show of it for an interview, I can’t help but question how much this person wants the job.

What This Library Wears

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

When participating in conducting an interview for a candidate, I wear what I would normally wear to work.

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?

√ 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!

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: 08-18-05_0922.jpg by Flickr user jsmjr via Creative Commons License

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She Popped the Blazer off When Meeting with More Casually-Dressed People

Interview Suit by Flickr user Angie Andriot

 

 

This anonymous interview is with a librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a special library and archive with 0-10 staff members in an urban area of 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.

√ 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

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.

Honestly, if your outfit is overly revealing, unpressed, or terribly ill-fitting I’m going to assume that you are not an adult who can put yourself together every day. Our dress code is pretty casual, but if you can’t put yourself together appropriately for an interview, you have problems reading a room and behaving appropriately for the situation at hand.

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

I recently had a candidate wear a tweed suit (pants and blazer), very natty, but not exactly your buttoned-up navy pinstripe (+1: suited but not stuffy). Underneath, she wore a pretty patterned blouse (+1: personality) and a cardigan sweater. It was cold, and looked very lovely all layered. As a bonus, since she met with a variety of people and committees, I noticed she popped the blazer off when meeting with more casually-dressed people, and put it on in the more formal situations. Very smart. I’m stealing this trick for my next interview.

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)

√ Other: I don’t care. Others on the committee might, but jewelry doesn’t phase me

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ Other: Again, I don’t care, but others might

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Show personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

If a person dresses well in a interview and is comfortable, I can reasonably extrapolate that this person will bring such poise and judgement to the job. If you’re clearly wearing your only suit and it doesn’t fit, I might wonder how you normally dress or how seriously you take the interview.

What This Library Wears

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

Usually a skirt and blazer. Even our higher-ups in the administration rarely wear conservative suits.

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)

√ Flip flops
√ Short skirts/shorts

 

This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion – submit your interview outfit to her blog!
Photo: Interview Suit by Flickr user Angie Andriot

 

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It Affects What Others I Work with Think

Business Woman Smiling

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

√ I don’t care

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

√ Other: is this a serious question?

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.

We had an interviewee as if she could take her shoes off during our library tour. She also wanted to order alcoholic drinks during lunch. Neither was a good move.

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

Nope.

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)

√ Other: I don’t care

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Be fairly neutral

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It doesn’t affect my decision as much as it affects what others I work with think.

What This Library Wears

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

Slacks and sport coat, with tie.

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

√ Jeans
√ Flip flops
√ Tank tops

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

Photo: imagerymajestic on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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I Tend to Dress a Bit More Formally, No Jeans

New Suit by Flickr user Iain Farrell

New Suit by Flickr user Iain Farrell

This anonymous interview is with a public librarian at a library with 10-50 staff members in an urban 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 not (but it’s ok if the candidate does wear one)

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?

√ Never, pantyhose is for my grandmother

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.

Wearing anything that is too tight, short or revealing.

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)

√ 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)
√ Earrings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ I don’t really care how a candidate dresses

What This Library Wears

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

I tend to dress a bit more formally, 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

√ Flip flops

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Badges

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

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Full-on Personality Dressing Should Be Reserved for Your Free Time

Business Woman by D. Clow

Business Woman by Flickr user D. Clow

 

This anonymous interview is with a person who is in human resources at a public library with more than 200 staff members in an urban area of the Midwestern United States. When asked “Are you a librarian?” this person replied “It’s complicated.”

 

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: depends on season and frankly, how her legs look. If they don’t look great, they should be covered somehow in a way that makes them look good, neat, tidy, clean

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ Other: again, depends. what is the comfort level, a natural look is very appealing, but more makeup can look great, if done well

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.

anything that shows cleavage is a problem for me as interviewer. it shows a lack of good judgment/planning/preparation

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
√ Eyebrow Ring, Monroe piercing, septum piercing, or other face piercing
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ Other: depends on the whole package. can’t dismiss pink out of hand depending on job and the rest of the outfit, makeup and jewelry

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: restrained personality. full on personality dressing should be reserved for your free time

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It guides the first impression, so the key is to make sure that how you have chosen to represent yourself is positive or neutral.

I am very conscious of my own biases and personal tastes because I interview all the time, but the interview team is usually comprised of at least a few who interview only rarely. I need to help them balance their biases and personal tastes, but that can be hard when the first impression is negative. The candidate who creates a negative first impression has to really knock em dead in the interview conversation in order to make up for that.

What This Library Wears

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

always wear a nice jacket, a heeled/closed toe shoe, small amount of jewelry, neutral makeup and natural hair color

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

√ Jeans
√ Flip flops
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Sneakers/trainers
√ Other: Cleavage

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Badges
√ Uniforms

Do you have any other comments?

I hate to hear from staff, “the public doesn’t care what we wear.” Well, sure, the public is not protesting the attire of our staff, but part of that is because our staff presents itself well. Unfortunately, I don’t know that that would be true without a dress code. Also, there seems to be resistance to the concept that we are judged by our appearance. Sorry, folks, it’s true. How together we look as a staff does influence (subconsciously or not) how we are perceived by our customers. If we want to inspire confidence and appear competent, we should dress that way. My rule of thumb is if you would wear it to a picnic or to wash your car, it’s too casual for this type of work setting.

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

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