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What to Wear to a Library Interview

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When I interviewed, I had my natural (lighter brown) hair color. I also wore my upper ear stud, which is mostly covered by my hair, but I have a tendency to tuck my hair behind my ears when I’m concentrating. 
Because I had a four-hour drive, I waited until I got into town to do my make-up, then used the car mirror. The day started with rain, then got sunny. It was around 60-degrees Fahrenheit by my interview time.
Small town public library
Virginia
Library has less than 10 employees
Wore watch, necklace, drop earrings, and upper-ear stud
Wore purple and pink eye shadow (created the effect of a neutral, but more flattering), mascara, blush, and low-shine lip gloss
Carried a medium-large black purse with silver studs/large hardware
Employees wear dress slacks, knit shirt, and some kind of “jacket” (e.g. over shirt, cardigan, casual jacket)

When I interviewed, I had my natural (lighter brown) hair color. I also wore my upper ear stud, which is mostly covered by my hair, but I have a tendency to tuck my hair behind my ears when I’m concentrating. 

Because I had a four-hour drive, I waited until I got into town to do my make-up, then used the car mirror. The day started with rain, then got sunny. It was around 60-degrees Fahrenheit by my interview time.

  • Small town public library
  • Virginia
  • Library has less than 10 employees
  • Wore watch, necklace, drop earrings, and upper-ear stud
  • Wore purple and pink eye shadow (created the effect of a neutral, but more flattering), mascara, blush, and low-shine lip gloss
  • Carried a medium-large black purse with silver studs/large hardware
  • Employees wear dress slacks, knit shirt, and some kind of “jacket” (e.g. over shirt, cardigan, casual jacket)

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I believe in the power of the third piece. That is, a jacket, etc. can change an outfit from bland to polished. Plus, a jacket can fix an ill-fitting shirt. When its 90 F outside, however, layers are difficult. Sure, the interview room might have air conditioning, but if I’m drenched in sweat by the time I get there, first impressions of me won’t be that great. And what if there is no air conditioning that day?

Would any of these outfits work for a summer interview at a business casual library in the south?

Another way of thinking about it is, what are the first three to five words that come into your head when you look at these outfits (ignoring my poor self photography skills)?

Any ideas for how I can make these outfits more appropriate without succumbing to heat stroke?

Are either of the flats acceptable? I could wear the boots in the heat, but I would rather not.

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If someone showed up to a small southern town public library to interview for a reference position wearing a similar outfit, what would you think of them? It’s 90 F outside. Ignore the animal print sleeves; she’s only wearing the blue blouse.


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If someone showed up to a small southern town public library to interview for a reference position wearing a similar outfit, what would you think of them? It’s 90 F outside. Ignore the animal print sleeves; she’s only wearing the blue blouse.
Work Wear by moonwindmusic featuring shiny shoes

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