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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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Note: It is Possible to Integrate Personality into a Professional, Mostly Neutral Outfit!

ready to go by Flickr user apes_abroad

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

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?

√ 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.

sweats!

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)

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?

If the candidate is obviously more competent, qualified, and/or has a more friendly demeanor than other candidates, appearance doesn’t matter. If candidates otherwise seem fairly matched, attire may sway opinion. A professional appearance – regardless of suit/jewelry/hair color/etc – is a must. Note: it is possible to integrate personality into a professional, mostly neutral outfit!

What This Library Wears

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

On the dressier side of normal work attire. For example, jeans are ok in my workplace, but for interview days, I try to wear professional/dress pants.

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?

It would be interesting to see how responses to this survey break down by age.

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

Photo: ready to go by Flickr user apes_abroad

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Professional Librarians are More Formal than Staff.

Job Interview by flickr user dichromatic winson

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee.  This librarian works at an organization with 100-200 staff members in a city/town 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.

√ False

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-shirt or other very casual clothing

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

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

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?

Professionally, but not in a complete suit. I might wear a jacket with skirt or pants or a dress.

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 do not have a written dress code, workers wear clothes that range from Business casual to casual. Professional librarians are more formal than staff.

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 by Flickr user dichromatic winson

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I See the Appeal of Wearing Your Personality as a Sort of Sign

suit by flickr user pretendtious

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian from a city/town in the Southern US.  This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members and 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.

√ I don’t care

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

√ Other: I 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.

Jeans, probably.

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?

It doesn’t necessarily affect my decision, but it would certainly affect the decision of others who work at my institution. I see the appeal of wearing your personality as a sort of sign to let others know how you will want to be once you begin work, but also be prepared for the rejection based on that alone.

What This Library Wears

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!

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

Photo: suit by flickr user pretendtious

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The Second Day He Wore More Casual Pants (Not Jeans)

Business Woman by a Window by Flickr user Victor1558

 

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian from an urban area of the Western US.  This librarian works at a library with 100-200 staff members, and 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?

√ 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.

√ False

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

√ Other: Yes, 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.

If the clothes are wrinkled. If the candidate wears shorts. No sandals on men. I once was hiring our new library director. His first interview day, he wore a suit and dress shoes, but the second day he wore more casual pants (not jeans), a sweater, and sneakers. I was pretty surprised, but he got the job. His predecessor, a woman, rarely wore a dress the whole time she was the library director and certainly didn’t at her interview, but she was a very fine library director.

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

At a previous library, I rarely had women interview in dresses/skirts. As long as they looked professional, pants were fine. They all turned out to be wonderful librarians. In hiring a Special Collections Librarian, only 1 of the 4 interviewees was in a skirt. The person I hired as an Acquisitions Manager wore a very simple, lovely black dress to her interview and probably never wore a dress again for the 10 years she worked at the library. I’m not sure she owned another dress.

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
√ 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)
√ Other: doesn’t matter to me

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?

I do notice what the candidates wear, and it does affect the decision, if two candidates are of equal qualifications. The qualifications/experience/intelligence/aticulateness are what count most. Technical services might make less of a difference than public service, since most tech services staff are behind the scenes. A public/school librarian also may be judged differently than an academic librarian. The public librarian’s clientele may be less comfortable with pink hair/multiple piercings/arty dress than the students/faculty who are the clientele in an academic library.

What This Library Wears

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

I always have worn a suit and stockings. My suits are not the pinstriped variety and are usually colorful, but I would never interview in slacks. It gives the interviewee an understanding that I expect a professional demeanor and I take the interview seriously.

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: There does not seem to be a dress code. I almost always wear a dress/skirt, but other women mostly wear jeans, and there’s everything in between.

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!

Do you have any other comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?

I think gender makes a difference, for both the interviewer and the interviewee. If you can parse out what the appropriate clothing is for male and female interviewers and interviewees, think it would be easier. Do men need to wear suits, or would a shirt/tie/slacks be enough? You asked about stockings for women but didn’t ask much about men other than suits.

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

Business Woman by a Window by Flickr user Victor1558

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For Dudes…Wear a Belt

business man pointing sideways

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 in a rural area of the Northeastern US, at a library with 10-50 staff members.

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:

√ Other: Is totally different, but also totally acceptable.

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: As a pantyhose hater, I leave this one to personal preference and don’t judge.

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.

Completely overly casual is a definite no. For ladies no spaghetti straps or belly shirts. For dudes…wear a belt. No t-shirts with logos, etc.

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

Male candidate dressed very well in trousers, a button down sweater and woven shirt. Business casual, but completely interview appropriate for the level of position being hired.

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
√ Multiple Ear Piercings

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?

I have never been part of a search where it did, but someone dressed entirely unprofessionally with no regard for the institution (it is a pretty conservative place and openly so) would be a huge red flag.

What This Library Wears

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

As I would normally for work…business casual, but generally closer to the business side. I’m more likely to wear heels than flats, dress pants than khakis, etc.

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
√ Visible Tattoos
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

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

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I Think You Can Show Personality and Be Neutral at the Same Time.

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This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.  This person works in a city/town in the Southern US, at a library with 10-50 staff members.  Or more precisely, 4 librarians and 14 staff + librarians.

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:

√ Is totally different

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

√ Other: Yes, unless it’s too warm in the building. Start with a suit jacket, and remove it if necessary.

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

√ Other: yes, 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

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)

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: I think you can show personality and be neutral at the same time.

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

it’s secondary, but if we NOTICE what a candidate is wearing, it’s probably out of the ordinary, and might raise a flag.

What This Library Wears

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

in standard work clothes, which in my library is usually khakis or dressier. But we still expect our professional candidates to wear suits. (We do not have the same expectations for staff positions.)

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?

√ I don’t even know what any of that means

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!

Do you have any other comments?

there’s a big difference between 10 and 50 staff members! We have 4 librarians and 14 staff + librarians.

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

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