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This might seem weird, but six in 10 interview candidates wear lucky pants to ease them through an interview, according to new research.

The research, by employment law firm Peninsula, found that 84% adorn themselves with a ‘lucky’ item, with six in 10 opting for lucky pants.

Advice is also taken from a horoscope reading of the day for 73% of respondents.

The top 10 lucky charms are:

* Lucky underwear (sometimes unwashed!)
* Lucky jewellery
* Brooch
* Lucky shoes
* An object from childhood, e.g. blanket/teddy
* Four-leaf clover
* Key ring
* Lucky stone
* Lucky pen/pencil
* Lucky photograph of someone e.g. boyfriend/relative

Peter Done, managing director at Peninsula said: "Union Jack underwear is not guaranteed to get you the job, so get prepared, turn up early for the interview, dress smartly and sell yourself. Leave the lucky underwear at home. I'm amazed at how superstitious people are, one employee we spoke to took wearing lucky underwear to the extreme, claiming his briefs are so lucky that he refuses to wash them."

"There are so many applicants who submit CVs which are below par and will not make it past recruiters' inboxes. There is an ongoing concern that graduates are limiting their chances of success at the first hurdle."
Sunil Duggal, MD Just IT Recruitment.