On What Candidates Should Wear

by Genise Gorman, Head Editor, INALJ Arkansas

On What Candidates Should Wear

I really enjoyed Emily Weak of Hiring Librarians article,  As long as the candidate shows they have taken care over their appearance that day … it doesn’t matter what they wear.  This appears to be one of the best blogs I’ve read this year.  Thinking about what to wear to a library interview has always been a thorn in my side.

I know I should wear a suit, but often times when I go to the interview, people are dressed down a bit, and I leave wondering if my gray safety suit, didn’t make me a perfect fit for the organization.  Being comfortable in your dress and appearance can really make a potential applicant feel confident about their upcoming interview.  They can focus more on what is “in their brain” than what they are expected to wear.

I think that as long as your appearance is neat and clean, although a suit is always the safest dress for an interview, what you as an employee can contribute to the organization is simply more important.

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. INALJ has had over 19.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website, KhanMoving.com, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 

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