This looks like the start of a good choice for spring interviews - what looks like a sheath dress for inside and a lightweight trench coat for long walks from the parking lot to the building or around campus.
Personally, I think it would be more conservative if the dress were lengthened to mid-knee, but that’s just me.
Anybody else have comments?
Jacket. Check. Closed toed, polished shoes. Check.
Anyone have suggestions for how this outfit might be improved for an interview?
If the jeans were exchanged for dress slacks, would this still be too casual for an interview?
I’m still looking for photos to post that don’t cover what we’ve already discussed.
Submissions of interview outfits from interviews that resulted in job offers are always welcome.
Large urban public library system in the PNW, interviewing for teen/youth services position. February, mid-40s and drizzling. Most staff I saw were in either slacks or jeans and a nice (non-t-shirt) shirt, also saw over-the-knee boots, statement jackets, leather motorcycle pants, and visible tattoos. My interviewers (both men) wore (one) sweater over button-down shirt and slacks, and (other) button-down denim shirt and motorcycle pants and boots.
I forgot to say that the position I was interviewing for was for a place in the hiring pool for future job openings! I was told there would be a notification of acceptance or rejection in seven days and recieved my acceptance the next day.
This is not specifically geared towards library interviews, but for those of us who might be giving presentations or are applying to teach in front of video cameras, these tips could help. The post is written for women, but men may find something useful, too.
This is a completely unscientific conclusion and question, based entirely on my memory of what I’ve read over several months.
From what I’ve gathered from responses here and the surveys on Hiring Librarians, people who hire librarians are more interested in a candidate’s apparel conforming with the general formality of the workplace, erring on the side of conservative, than they are with specific colors or tasteful expressions of personality.
This leads to the question: Is this result an accurate representation of what people think or is it that the kind of people who participate in these kinds of conversations are also the kind of people who are more interested in a person’s mind than their appearance?
There’s not an easy way to get an accurate answer, but the big conclusion I take away is that as long as a person’s clothes are a reasonable fit, are clean and mended, and the style is business professional, then color and accessories matter less. For me, this takes away much of the pressure of deciding what to wear to an interview.
With a neutrally colored jacket, how’s this for an interview?
Here’s a question for interviewers:
Do you judge people by their outside coat? Does it make a difference if the interview takes place entirely inside or if you are walking them all over campus?
I mean, if they come in wearing a lime green Columbia heavy coat or something clearly more practical than professional, do you count that against them if once inside with the coat off they are dressed appropriately for an interview? Woman may be able to find $20 professional black shoes and end the day looking good, but with blisters, but $20 coats tend to be more sporty, hopelessly dated, or useless for keeping warm than they are sleek and professional.
She looks confident and put together to me, but what do you think about this outfit for an interview? I’m especially wondering about the fuller skirt.
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