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Does Your Appearance Situate You to Lead a Faculty Committee?

job interview 2 by flickr user rileyroxx

 

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 an urban area of the Midwestern US, at a library with 10-50 staff members.

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?

√ 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.

-Wrinkled outfit (did you sleep in it?)

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

-Maroon fitted suit jacket with coordinating trousers and a chic scarf

-On a rainy interview day, one candidate wore a ladies’ professional trench coat and carried an umbrella.

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
√ 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?

Candidates need to wear clothing that is appropriate for the meetings and clientele with whom they will work. Does your appearance situate you to lead a faculty committee? Could you rush over to the admin building on a Tuesday morning and answer the university president’s questions about journal inflation? Or, if you work in a public library, would your appearance situate you to dash into an impromptu meeting with the library council and advocate for a new reading program? Show me!!!

What This Library Wears

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

I wear professional business dress, a little more formal than every day wear. I wear a ladies suit or a business dress outfit.

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

√ Flip flops
√ Visible Tattoos
√ Short skirts/shorts
√ Tank tops
√ Logos/band insignia/slogans
√ Other: uncovered shoes (sandals, etc), denim (in some places), clothes that show the mid-section, cleavage, frayed clothes, poor personal hygiene

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√ Badges

Do you have any other comments?

1) It’s an unspoken rule, but library administrators and high-level mid-managers have higher dress and hygiene standards than the lower-ranking librarians and paraprofessional staff. Administrators and managers all wear “Dillards/Nordstroms/Coldwater Creek/Borck Brothers” type attire.

2) All female administrators at this university wear professional make-up, color and style their hair regularly, and just always look really put-together. Men usually wear long-sleeved oxford shirts (even in the summer) and similarly look ‘put-together’.

3) Men, don’t wear gold chains or jewelry, especially to an interview. (A wedding or class ring would be an exception).

3) Put the whole outfit together. Shoes should be polished and match the ensemble. Briefcases, handbags, leather notebooks, jewelry, (and in winter or on rainy days- scarves, gloves, boots, hats, etc.) should all “go” together and be professional.

4) Go with more professional and conservative colors. You don’t have to wear just black and navy, but don’t put on coral pink and turquoise.

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

Photo: job interview 2 by flickr user rileyroxx

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In Summer Skirt and Sandals Minus Hose is Fine

New Years

 

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee.  This librarian works in a rural area of the Northeastern US, at a library with 50-100 staff members.

What Candidates Should Wear

Should the candidate wear a suit to the interview?

√ Other: nicely dressed – but doesn’t need to be as formal as a suit

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: depends on the time of year. In summer skirt and sandals minus hose is 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.

In my view jeans, a bandanna top with bare midriff for a woman, tee-shirt for a guy are out of bounds.

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

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

√ I don’t care

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

√ A few simple necklaces, bracelets, and/or rings

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√ Other: neatly with a show towards professionalism – so somewhat dressy. For a guy that means a shirt and tie, for a woman skirt, blouse, sweater, dress, good slacks – depends on the time of year.

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It would only affect the decision if the person wore totally informal clothing – and dressed as many of our students dress in dirty torn jeans and tee-shirts.

What This Library Wears

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

Pretty much as I always do for work.

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

√ Other: whatever we want, although we do tend to dress up more than the students.

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

Photo: “Let’s spend Christmas and New Year’s this way! And not in a hospital!”, 1941 – 1945, World War II Posters, compiled 1942 – 1945, Created By:: Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. (03/09/1943 – 09/15/1945) via Flickr commons

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A Librarian is Considered Smart — Act and Dress Like It

job interview by flickr user Kino Praxis

 

 

 

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 Western 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.

√  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:

√  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.

showing tats, inappropriate outfits suited to leisure @ home or weekend picnics. Professional and business professional is the rule for interviews, always!

we interviewed a man for the job – he wore casual clothing, wrinkled shirt and unpolished shoes — not good.

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

Which hair colors are acceptable for candidates:

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

The way a candidate dresses should:

√  Show personality

How does what a candidate wears affect your hiring decision?

It matters – candidate should care about appearing professional – a librarian is considered smart — act and dress like it during an interview.

What This Library Wears

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

suit or business casual – always a 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?

√  Casual

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

√  Short skirts/shorts
√  Tank tops
√  Other: revealing clothing on women

Librarians at your organization wear: Please check all that apply

√  Name tags
√  Shirt, waistcoat/vest, or other single piece of clothing issued by the library

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

Photo: job interview by flickr user Kino Praxis

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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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