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I Helped Her Dress from my Closet (I Have a Lot of Eileen Fisher…)

job interview by flickr user evamaria N

 

 

 

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

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Other: depends on the setting. For academic libraries, yes, if possible.

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: depends on the setting. I would, but I might wear slacks to get around the problem.

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 one candidate whose luggage went missing. I helped her dress from my closet (I have a lot of Eileen Fisher, which is very flexible in size) and the big box store, but I don’t think she felt comfortable.
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We had a candidate for a different job who wore a very short skirt, great shoes, and bare legs. She had the legs for it, but it caused a lot of comment. I think it was a test (of us, by her). She didn’t take the job.

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: There aren’t any rules about this, but I think elaborate piercings would push some buttons.

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: My opinion is that they should be neutral, so we don’t get distracted at the outset by the outfit, but it’s their choice.

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

Only to the extent that I feel that they are taking us and the position seriously. If it feels like we’re being disrespected, that’s a problem. But I don’t insist on anything over clean and neat, myself.

What This Library Wears

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

Normal work clothes– a dress or nice slacks and a blouse, but not too formal.

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?

√ Other: we don’t have an official code, but it’s higher de facto than khakis and a polo shirt for professionals, most of the time.

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

√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Other: nothing too low cut, no skin showing at the waist, no logos on tees for staff, except U. related. No profanities, no nude pictures, etc.

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: job interview by flickr user evamaria N

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Show Professional Personality

Young Professional Smiling

 

 

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 city/town in the Southern 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.

√ I don’t care

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

√ Other: Doesn’t matter, but if I noticed, it would be points in favor

Women should wear make-up to an interview:

√ Other: Professional grooming (whether it includes makeup or not) shows you care

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 looks appropriate for the club is not interview appropriate. I’ve had female applicants show up in stilletto heels, short skirts, plunging necklines, choker necklaces with enormous bling, etc. Keep it understated! For gentleman, cleanliness and a tie, at the very least.

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: Facial piercings should be small if worn for an interview

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: Show professional personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

Showing some personality is great, as long as the overall effect is professional. I work in an academic library, and we are faculty members. If it isn’t appropriate for a meeting with our provost it isn’t interview appropriate. Our on campus environment is fairly formal, and if someone can’t dress up for an interview, I have doubts about their ability to dress appropriately for work.

What This Library Wears

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

Slacks/skirt, blouse/collared shirt, and professional jewelry. If I am the chair of the committee, I may pair a blazer or other more “professional” jacket with that look.

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

5

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
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Sneakers/trainers
√ Other: Jeans/logos/sneakers are okay on weekends

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: photostock on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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He …Had Ironed his Jeans and T-shirt and Polished His Shoes

business man

 

 

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 suburban area of the Midwestern United States.

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:

√ 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 totally disheveled or wearing dirty clothing would make me not consider the candidate. For woman, anything too sexually suggestive or revealing.

I attended an interview presentation where the candidate’s suitcase got lost in transit. His flight was delayed and got in at midnight and he had to be on campus at 8:30 am (so unable to go shopping for appropriate clothing). He showed up in the jeans and t-shirt that he flew in. He was showered and had ironed his jeans and t-shirt and polished his shoes. Despite this unexpected development he was clean and remained calm and collected.

I have seen others who never bothered to get their suit dry cleaned and the dribbles and wrinkles were distracting and totally unattractive.

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
√ Arty or more elaborate necklaces, bracelets, 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

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

A candidate showed up for an interview for an hourly support staff position. He had a white long sleeved shirt on and jeans. The shirt’s tails were hanging out, his sleeves were rolled up and both his shirt and pants were full of stains and wrinkled. He did quite well in the interview, but his physical first impression was one of that he didn’t care. I found out that he had shared with one of my staff members that he was working at at coffee shop and had come straight from his early morning shift. I think he should have brought another shirt with him, even if it was a polo, but something clean and ironed. He didn’t get the job.

I had another candidate for an hourly support staff position who showed up for an interview in bib overalls, with one side hanging down, a baseball cap on sideways, which he did not remove, and numerous piercings. His tongue piercing was so distracting that I could not concentrate on what he was saying during the interview. He also asked me what time and date he was starting. Needless to say, he did not get the job.

What This Library Wears

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

If it is for a librarian, I would wear a suit. If it is for an hourly staff member, probably a skirt and jacket.

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

5

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

√ Other: A step up from business casual. Men wear ties.

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
√ Sneakers/trainers

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: Andy Newson on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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It Never Interfered or Distracted From the Interview

business man with hands in pockets by Ambro on FreeDigitalPhotos

 

 

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 0-10 staff members in a suburban area of the Western 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:

√ I do not know and/or care

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: irrelevant

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.

breasts overly exposed

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

librarian w/ 10 years of experience arrived in a long dress w/ a flowing scarf—it was a surprise to me, but she pulled it off—keeping the scarf away from her face—it never interfered or distracted from the 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: irrelevant to me

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

√ All of them, even pink

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: be clean & not distract from the conversation

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

very little

What This Library Wears

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

slacks w/ 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?

√ 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: Ambro on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Lots of Tatts and Piercings May Not Be a Good Fit for a Rural Branch

Smiling Business Woman Arms Crossed

 

This anonymous interview is with a public librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee.  This librarian works at a library with 50-100 staff members in an urban 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: 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.

costumes? holey jeans and t-shirts. extremely low-cut blouses.

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: don’t care

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?

Depends on the position and branch location. Someone with multicolored hair, and lots of tatts and piercings may not be a good fit for a rural branch, but would be unnoticed at our main urban branch.

What This Library Wears

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

dress pants, nice top, jacket.

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
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Other: badges optional

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

Photo: Stockimages on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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

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.  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!

Photo: imagerymajestic on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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That’s Too Sensitive an Issue. Allergies, etc. are Key Here.

Full Length of Business Woman

This anonymous interview is with a Public Librarian who has been a a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee at a library with 10-50 staff members in a rural part 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.

√ Other: How bare? Some sleeves are appropriate, no sleeves are not.

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: That’s too sensitive an issue. Allergies, etc. are key here.

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.

Candidate came in wearing a suit & tie. Took off the jacket, loosened the tie, rolled up the sleeves, and then sat down for the 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)

√ 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:

√ Show personality

What This Library Wears

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

I dress up as respect — I wear what I would consider appropropriate dress if I were being interviewed.

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

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: Stockimages on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Wearing a Cheap Suit is a Major Red Flag

all suited up by Flickr user graymalkn

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian from a suburban area of the Northeastern US.  This person works at a library with 10-50 staff members and has been 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.

√ 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 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’m always turned off by candidates who wear formal attire that is in poor taste or horribly out of date. I’d rather a candidate dress informally, but in a very stylish and contemporary way. Wearing a cheap suit is a major red flag.

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:

√ Show personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

If a candidate is wearing cheap clothing, it shows that s/he doesn’t care about their appearance.

What This Library Wears

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

Jeans, dress shirt, sport coat. But it really depends on the person being interviews (i.e., high-level or lower-level job).

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!

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Name tags

Do you have any other comments?

“Business casual” means different things to different people.

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

Photo: all suited up by Flickr user graymalkn

*edited 8:40 PST 11/19/2012 to remove unanswered question

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If I’m Looking for a Creative Individual, Then Their Manner of Dress Might Sway My Choice

Suit by Flickr user eat more toast

 

 

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

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.

√ Other: Libraries can get very warm, so during a presentation it is ok to remove a jacket in favor of a sleeveless top

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.

Holey jeans
Flip flops
Unkempt hair

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
√  Earrings

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?

If I’m looking for a creative individual, then their manner of dress might sway my choice. Otherwise, neat and put-together count for all.

What This Library Wears

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

Jacket, top with sleeves, dress pants

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
√ Visible Tattoos
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Other: Jeans on Fridays only

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Other: All staff wear badges

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

Photo: Suit by Flickr user eat more toast

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Inappropriate Dress is Equivalent to Typos in a Resume

Photo by Flickr user Parker Michael Knight

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 as well as 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?

√ Yes, true professionals always wear pantyhose

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.

Jeans, flip-flops, t-shirts, sweatshirts. Candidates should not wear anything torn or dirty.

NO GUM CHEWING.

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:

√ 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?

A candidate that doesn’t care enough to dress appropriately for an interview looses points in my eye. Inappropriate dress is equivalent to typos in a resume.

If a candidate takes the time to care about their dress they will take the time to care about their job.

What This Library Wears

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

Professional. Coordinated outfit, skirt with jacket or sweater, pantyhose, heels, make-up. I try to set an example for the candidate of what is expected.

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

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: by Flickr user Parker Michael Knight

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