When it comes to landing a job, is it better to be bold?
FORGET the piercings, leave your phone in the car, throw away the old cardigan hidden at the bottom of the laundry basket and bring along your most positive attitude.
These simple instructions could be the difference between landing the job of your dreams and being shown the door.
Patricia Nell, Mission Employment's Fraser Coast business manager, said it was important to remember that how you dressed often indicated respect and dressing inappropriately for a job interview could send the wrong message.
A buzzing phone, answering or messaging on your phone or constantly checking it could also be seen to be disrespectful.
While some people tried to stand out by dressing in bold colours, Ms Nell said this could sometimes be ill-advised as many employers were more conservative.
She said getting the clothing right was only one part of preparing for a job interview, with neat grooming and etiquette also important.
Removing any piercings, especially if they might be a concern for occupational reasons, was part of that.
Ms Nell said the most important thing was to bring a positive attitude along to the interview, starting with the moment you walked through the door.
She said while it was well and good to be charming to an employer, if one was rude or short to someone at reception that would filter back to them and it was important to make a great overall impression.
Craig Glover, assistant manager at Hervey Bay's Sarina Russo said dressing boldly could be appropriate depending on what sort of job one was applying for.
While showing up in boring or conservative attire might give the wrong impression if you were going after a flamboyant marketing position, the same bold clothing might work against you if the employment you were seeking was more conservative, such as in a lawyer or doctor's office.
People had also been known to bring coffee or donuts to interviews in an effort to win employers over.
While Mr Glover said bringing coffee to a job interview might require a bit of research into how someone took their coffee, it might signal that you were going above and beyond for the employer - but to be sure to find out beforehand, because bringing a cappuccino to a lactose-intolerant employer mind send the wrong message.
Ms Nell disagreed, saying: "I wouldn't recommend that at all."
Both agreed that a good attitude was the best thing a person could take with them to an interview.
Making good eye contact, a firm handshake and asking informed questions were also important.