Dress for success at job interviews

Job interviews can be a daunting affair. After spending endless hours revising your resume (or using a great service like HKEnglish.com's resume writing service) you have finally obtained an interview for your dream job.

You have attended HKEnglish.com's wonderful Interview Skills Course to polish your performance and make you become the star candidate. On the surface you are top of the list - but what about when the employer actually meets you? What do you wear? Oh dear.... Well, don't worry too much. The key points to remember are conservative and formal.

Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Reserve your interview clothes for just that to make sure they are always ready for that last minute interview invitation. Men should wear a dark two piece suit with a white shirt, and a conservative silk tie - but not red which shows authority. And no Bart Simpson / Christmas tree ties either! Black lace up shoes (cleaned and polished) but never boots. Choose black socks, a black belt and take along a briefcase or a portfolio.

Women should also dress formally in a dark business suit. Never wear a dress. Smart business style shoes with sensible heels. Conservative tights - no patterned ones or fishnet. Forget your handbag and take along a portfolio instead (in a conservative colour - no pinks!). For both genders a trip to the hair salon is an excellent idea, but again avoid outlandish hair colouring. More conservative styles for women and clean cut for men. Also avoid wearing rings unless it's a wedding or engagement ring.

Men should remove earrings and women should only wear one pair. Nose and eyebrow rings are definitely out. If you have to smoke before the interview to calm your nerves then make sure you use a mouth spray but avoid candy or gum or you may forget to take it out before being called.