How to Dress for a Factory Position Interview

Shallow as it might seem, when it comes to job interviews, your appearance could mean the difference between success and failure. Your interviewer will be likely to form an opinion of your suitability for the role you've applied for within the first few seconds of meeting you. The way you look plays a big part in this process. Just because you're applying for a job in factory, it doesn't mean you should turn up for your interview in a T-shirt and tracksuit trousers. You won't have to wear a business suit, but you will need to make a professional appearance.


If you're a man, slip into a pair of well-ironed slacks or chinos and a collared, long-sleeved shirt with a tie. Fasten the top button of your shirt and make sure your tie is neatly folded. Although there won't be any need to wear a suit jacket, a smart blazer will be preferable to shabby coat. If you don't have a blazer, wear a round-neck pullover. Women should wear a conservative skirt of at least knee-length or a nice pair of trousers, accompanied by a plain blouse. Both genders should avoid bright colors. Leather or suede work shoes work well for men and women.


Style your hair conservatively for your interview. This applies to both sexes. You'll usually find that supervisors and managers in factory and manufacturing environments are more conservative than their equivalents in the tech or media sectors. Don't turn up to your factory interview with your hair dyed an outlandish color or cut in a peculiar style. Above all else, make sure your hair is clean and well-groomed. A crew-cut for gentlemen will be acceptable, but nothing shorter than a grade two. Ladies should have long hair tied back in a ponytail or a bun. Longer hair could be viewed as a safety hazard in a factory setting.


Keep accessories to a minimum. Any facial piercings should be removed before attending an interview. Other jewelry such as rings, bracelets and necklaces should also be avoided unless they are tasteful and discrete. Jewelry can also be a potential risk in a factory. Hats and gloves should never be worn into an interview. If you have had to wear accessories such as these to keep warm, take them off before you're introduced to your interviewer.


Pay close attention to the finishing touches. Make sure your shoes are buffed and that your clothing is free of stains or discoloring. Check that your fingernails are clean and make sure you've had a good wash. Don't wear overpowering perfume or aftershave, but do wear an odorless deodorant.