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When you are going to an interview for a blue collar position, the clothes you choose to wear will be a bit different than if you were interviewing for a white collar job. The trick to dressing for this type of interview is to strike the appropriate balance between business wear and casual clothing, so you look the part without going overboard. While what you wear won't automatically snag you the job, it doesn't hurt to dress to impress.
One Step Up
The key to solving your blue collar interview fashion dilemma is to always dress one step up from the position you are trying to get. In other words, dress how someone in a supervisory role just above your position would dress. If entry-level workers tend to wear jeans, opt for a pair of khaki pants and a nice button-up blouse or sweater. If your future coworkers are all in a uniform such as a black pair of pants and a white button-up shirt, you should consider wearing a nice linen dress and blazer.
What to Avoid
Even when the job is extremely casual, avoid wearing jeans and a T-shirt to any job interview. You should also avoid loud colors and patterns, since these can distract the interviewers attention away from your answers to important interview questions that could land you the job. Don’t go overboard and dress in a three-piece suit for a blue collar position where even the management wears casual clothing. Also avoid anything low-cut up top or too short on the bottom. A miniskirt and V-neck top may be perfect attire for the club, but if you want to give the impression that you are serious about the job then you need to leave your sex appeal at home.
Mind the Details
Make sure that the entire outfit looks pulled together. Before getting dressed, make sure to iron all wrinkles out of your interview outfit and shine your shoes. Pay attention to your undergarments to make sure no seams or straps are peeking out, and check your hose or tights for runs before you head out the door.
Even if your attire is perfect, accessories can trip you up if you choose the wrong ones. The basic rule for jewelry and other accessories is to keep things simple. A pair of gold, gemstone, or pearl stud earrings are a much better option than large dangling creations or giant hoops. Don’t wear any necklaces, bracelets or excess rings, except for a wedding or engagement ring. If you have body piercings, you might want to remove them for the interview, or minimize their appearance.