Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Interviews (Women), Dressing for

When dressing for a library job interview, a female candidate should always match her twinset to her socks. (The latter will show through your dressy work Crocs).

Ask the readers: What do you think female librarians should wear to a library job interview?

25 comments:

Linda Librarian said...

The librarian trifecta: a long dowdy skirt, sensible brogues, and a bun. Some nice hornrims will also speak of your dedication and decorum.

QIbHom said...

There must be something feline. A cat pin, cat print socks or turtleneck, cat earrings, cat tattoo or, perhaps, a cat meowing as your ring tone.

Princess said...

Don't forget a frown. God forbid you look friendly. They might start asking questions. And have your shushing finger ready. People can get downright talkative if you encourage them!

Penelope said...

Glasses on a chain - it's a classic!

Anonymous said...

I swear part of the reason I got the job was I looked flawless and young--low-cut sleeveless top, flat front military length skirt, and red shoes.

Oh, and I was overqualified, but really young for the type of position, and local, so more affordable than the other applicants.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the clunky jewelry.

Anonymous said...

For children's librarians, a themed jumper/sweater/sweatshirt. Something to do with the holiday coming up next on the calendar.

Meredith said...

The perfect cat-related item for any interview is a vest.

Anonymous said...

Cat accessories show initiative, but all true librarians-to-be know that a cat-hair covered cardigan is a must!

Anonymous said...

Cleavage and spike heels...give the token male a thrill.

Anonymous said...

Anything from Chicos!

Heidi said...

By all means, the chunky jewelry, preferably made in a third world country. Depending on the season and your potential placement within the library, beads could be shaped like jungle animals, fruit and vegetables, tiny beach toys, religious symbols, or holiday decorations.

Miss E said...

Ooh ooh, eschew the dominant hegemony! Wear a dress shaped like a sack, no hose, and sandals! Don't bother styling your hair! This is a LIBRARY, for Pete's sake, not a business establishment!

Pam said...

I love Miss E's comment as it PERFECTLY describes what I am currently wearing.

Of course, I already HAVE my job. :)

Walt Lessun said...

Emulate Lady Gaga

Anonymous said...

Hm. Piercings might lend that important "New Librarian" aura.

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Anonymous said...

Nothing shows your dedication to children and the library like your Hermione Granger costume.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Cleavage and spike heels...give the token male a thrill.

4:26 PM
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Oh, come now, all the token males in the library are gay! (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

The.Effing.Librarian said...

the more embedded metal above the neckline the better. pierce every freaking visible inch of flesh and the interview will continue after I puke up my lunch.

Sammi said...

Cleavage is key. With a nice blue and green cleavage tattoo- so people know you're serious about it.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I just learned that Clinton Kelly from "What Not to Wear" is the closing keynote speaker at the next ACRL conference. I am so doomed!

Anonymous said...

At my school library we had to wear our school uniforms, but that doesn't stop us wearing copious amounts of badges, the frizzy hair style and the the "SHHHHHHHHHH" sound perfected out.

The Scrivener Collider said...

Business casual?

Louboutin Librarian said...

Heh heh heh. Love this thread. Thank God (a) I'm a medical librarian (b) my salary is enough to afford cute clothes and a gym membership. I will quit if they make me wear scrubs.

Not trying to playa-hate my school/public librarian peeps. Seems like the medical lib crowd has escaped some of the stereotypes. Emphasis on "some."