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If–and Only If–He or She Feels Most Comfortable, Authentic, and “In Control” in a Suit

Day 15 - Self-Contemplation by Flickr user Dyvo

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in a City/town in the Southeastern US.

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

Other: I truly feel that the candidate should wear a suit if–and only if–he or she feels most comfortable, authentic, and “in control” in a suit. It isn’t necessarily about my institution (we have suite wearers and non-suit wearers at all levels of librarian, from the ref desk to the dean’s office), but more about personal preference/comfort level for me.

An outfit with a coordinated blazer and trousers:

Other: Still on the same level of professionalism as a suite, but slightly more relaxed.

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: This question makes me think we are seriously crazy. Bare legs are fine. Pantyhose is fine. Tights are fine.

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.

Just try to be clean and neat.

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
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:

Show personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It doesn’t, and it shouldn’t. I more concerned about (a) can he/she do the job? and (b) will he/she “fit” the organization/team, complementing and enhancing it? Perhaps I’m too laid back.

What This Library Wears

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

Dress slacks, dressy blouse. Maybe a cardigan and/or more casual (i.e. not matching) blazer.

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: We don’t have a true, set-in-stone dress code, but the majority of the organization tends to be a bit business casual. That said, I do wear jeans (dark, no holes) to work from time to time. I don’t tend to wear t-shirts (unless it’s a university/mascot t-shirt, maybe during big games).

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

N/A: We wear what we want!

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

Other: We have name tags, but are not required to wear them.

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

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As long as the candidate shows they have taken care over their appearance that day … it doesn’t matter what they wear

ama interview by Flickr user MaryN1234

 

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 200+ staff members in an Urban area in 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?

Other: Who cares?

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.

A mask and cape… Seriously, as long as the candidate shows they have taken care over their appearance that day (showing commitment to the interview) it doesn’t matter what they wear.

Exception is higher level posts where they are expected to talk to senior staff inside and out of the service… need them to at least vaguely conform to the norm in that case.

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
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:

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?

Smart – suit.

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: No real dress code…

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

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: ama interview by Flickr user MaryN1234 via Creative Commons License

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Our Library Has Extreme Temperatures, So Taking a Jacket Off is A-OK

87/365 by Flickr user Lauren Powell-SmothersThis anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 50-100 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.

√ Other: sleeves are good, but our library has extreme temperatures, so taking a jacket off is a-ok

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

√ Either pantyhose or tights. Bare legs are innappropriate

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.

looking sloppy. we are pretty casual, but you should always dress up for an interview. i am a clothes horse, but i don’t care if it’s stylish. i *do* care if you look neat and like a professional.

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
√ 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: all of these, kind of (Show personality, Be fairly neutral, I don’t really care how a candidate dresses)

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

it doesn’t, as long as they look professional. and about my above answers – none of these things bother me, but i can’t speak for others in my organization. also, we’re an academic library, so we’re probably a little looser than other places.

What This Library Wears

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

nice shirt, trousers or skirt. no jeans or t-shirts, which i do wear on days when i am not teaching or interacting with students and faculty.

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
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

Do you have any other comments?

i am very interested in seeing results!

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

Photo: 87/365 by Flickr user Lauren Powell-Smothers 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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I Always Look at a Person’s Shoes

Interview Outfit for Tomorrow by Flickr user SansPoint

 

 

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 a Rural area in 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.

√ True

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.

T-shirts are not an option. Also I always look at a person’s shoes – are they clean, free from scratches and tears and holes. If they are completely worn out it says to me that don’t pay attention to detail.

I also pay attention to see if there hair is clean and neat. It doesn’t have to be in styled in the most current fashion, but I expect it to be clean and combed or brushed.

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

I have seen candidates show up in polished and professional attire – including starched white dress shirts for men and suspenders under a sport coat. This was a plus size male who looked completely professional and who looked like he had gone the extra mile. He ended up getting the job, by the way.

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)
√ Earrings
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

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?

It depends upon the level of responsibility of the job and if the person being hired will be representing the library to various levels of the community. For instance, will this person represent the Dean of the Library at fundraising events, etc. The responsibilities involved in the position will play a role in the way I think the interviewee should be dressed for the interview.

What This Library Wears

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

I dress very professionally.

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)

√ N/A: We wear what we want!

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

√ Name tags

Do you have any other comments?

Dress codes are very touchy subjects for many people. Sometimes as the director, it is difficult to enforce a strict dress code if you have inherited a staff that has not any type of dress code enforced over the years. It is also difficult and seems unfair to require people to dress a certain way when pay scales are low and it could possibly cause a financial hardship on certain staff if a stricter dress code was implemented.

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

Photo: Interview Outfit for Tomorrow by Flickr user SansPoint, Creative Commons License

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I Think the Biggest Issue is Whether You’re Going to Fiddle with It

Going to an Interview {Outfit Post}

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a Urban area of the Midwestern US .

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ I don’t care

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: don’t care

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.

I’ve never seen anyone come to an interview in anything that I even particularly noticed. Most either wore professional dress (suits or coordinated blazer/slacks/skirts sets) or dress in what I affectionately call “hipster librarian.” I have always worn a slacks style suit to my interviews and do usually get the job.

RE the bare arms comment: I did have a shell under my suit and did take my jacket off for the teaching presentation. It hadn’t occurred to me that bare arms could be an issue. I’m at an academic (community college) library.

RE hose: I personally am more comfortable in tights, and I had a career center person say you should always wear hose, but I don’t think I ever even noticed whether candidates were wearing hose or not.

RE: jewelry – I think the biggest issue is whether you’re going to fiddle with it. If I wear jewelry, I will play with it, so I wear none when I interview. I have taken my facial piercings out for interviews and I’ve never seen anyone interview with them in, but I’d probably think it was cool since I have them. If you stretch your ears you’ll look better wearing plugs than taking them out and having weird looking holes.

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

Again, I’ve never seen anyone dress to such an extreme that it made a conscious impression on me one way or the other. Presumably I have subconscious biases, but attitudes have always stuck out for me much more than 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
√ 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
√ 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:

√ I don’t really care how a candidate dresses

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

I think the biggest thing is that the candidate appear confident and comfortable. If dressing completely against character will affect performance, don’t do it. But do dress your personal best and your personal best attempt at professional. Also remember that you are interviewing them. If it is a deal breaker that you be valued for your funkiness it might be worth the risk of not getting some jobs to find a place that values that. If it’s not a deal breaker, it’s probably better to play it safe. I interviewed with brown hair and no facial piercings but now have blue hair and lip rings and no one cares. But looking more normal probably did help me get the job. But I’ve never seen anyone interview with wild hair colors or very noticeable piercings. (I find nose rings practically unnoticeable, so I think I may have seen those in interviews.)

What This Library Wears

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

I wear the nicest end of the spectrum of my typical work clothes. This generally falls into the same “hipster librarian” style I mentioned above. Cute skirts with stylish blouses. Though lately I’ve been doing more slacks and very tailored dress shirts.

RE: the khaki question below – it’s not too dressy or undressy, just kind of boring.

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)

√ N/A: We wear what we want!

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

√ Name tags

Do you have any other comments?

Just because I don’t feel strongly doesn’t mean that your safest bet isn’t to dress as professional as you think the job requires.

Also, I’ve heard stories of people saying things like, “don’t wear a suit, it shows you don’t know our library.” I think there are probably different standards for different types of libraries, but we have definitely hired people who wore suits to the interview, then had them show up in suits and ties to work and suggest they dress down in the future. It seems odd to me that a hiring committee member would think that wearing a suit to an interview is somehow inappropriate just because you wouldn’t wear one day to day.

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

Photo: Going to an Interview {Outfit Post} by Flickr user ellevalentine, under creative commons license

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It Wasn’t Part of the Discussion. Though We Didn’t Have Anything Really Outlandish

job interview outfit by flickr user misterjt

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in an Urban area in Canada.

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: pantyhose, tights or bare legs are all fine.

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

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

I’ve seen a range from suits to less-formal but still work appropriate clothing. The clothing candidates wore was not part of the discussion when we were hiring.

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:

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

I don’t really care how a candidate dresses

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It wasn’t part of the discussion. Though we didn’t have anything really outlandish.

What This Library Wears

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

Better than I dress for day to day work but not a suit.

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: something between casual and 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!

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

Photo: job interview outfit by Flickr user misterjt

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