So we looked at using the hypnotic gaze method for swinging good luck with your interview prospects. How about voodoo conjure?

Everyone knows that wearing smart clothes and dressing to impress will help you to succeed. But that’s not going to be THE thing that makes you stand out from the crowd. By injecting a little bit of voodoo help into the clothes that you choose for an interview will give you the edge over the competition, and might well just land you a great new job into the bargain.

Here are some ideas for what you can do.

Use psychology…

To get a good job, while you may feel like you want to express your personality through your clothes, unless that’s a pre-requisite for the post, it’s important that you wear something conventional. Dark colors suggest authority and professionalism, but bright colors worn with care can work too.

If you’re a woman, don’t wear high heels or lots of make-up, perfume or jewellery. Make sure your hair is neat and in a conventional style. I have personal experience of this . I worked in a library that was quite forward thinking and were happy to accept me with turquoise mermaid hair. But when I tried to land a job in the more traditional department to work with the Memorial Library, it didn’t work out so well. It took me several attempts before someone quietly took me aside and said: “You would have landed this job before, but not everyone who comes into this department would feel comfortable with your unconventional appearance.”

Now I liked to express myself as much as the next person, but I wanted that job more, so the mermaid hair had to go – well, at least while I was working there. The next time I applied, I got the post with flying colors.

So you sometimes have to bite the bullet and adopt a more conventional appearance, at least outwardly, to get your prospective employer to feel that you will be reliable and diligent.

The sneaky conjure aspects of your clothing will be what can’t be seen on the surface. So if possible, wear green or dark green underwear. Maybe I should have tried that instead of the green hair? Oh well … Green is the color of growth and abundance, so it will help attract money, which presumably is part of the reason you want the job.

Buy or find a lucky charm for job interviews…

I used to use a lucky pebble in my pocket that I’d had for years, but you can look in vintage shops or online for lucky charms made of gold. Gold is the symbol of wealth and affluence Which, come to think of it, maybe that’s why my pebble didn’t work so well? … I was projecting the symbol of being literally stony broke…).

Choose one that appeals to you. It might be a four leaf clover, a hare or a lucky horseshoe. The important thing is that it’s something that resonates with YOU. It doesn’t matter what someone else thinks is lucky, follow your gut feeling here.

If cash is tight, get hold of a chunk of Fool’s Gold (pyrite), which is easily available online. Our local museum sells it in its gem selection, so you may well find the same. Whatever it is, carry it with you in your pocket for interviews, and for an extra dash of luck you can call on Bonus, who was the Roman god of good outcomes (that’s where our use of the word bonus comes from).

Personality vs skills…

Going back for a second to the post on using the hypnotic gaze, professional studies have found that a massive 85% of the decision an employer takes about whether to hire you is based on personality traits, with surprisingly only 15% of the decision based on your skill base and experience.

So the moral of that is to go and be your confident self and shine! Just don’t forget the green underwear!

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