20 years ago, Hong Kong and the rest of the Asian countries were just recovering from the Asian Financial Crisis, so it was perhaps not the best of times for an economics graduate to go job hunting. Like most people, I went to job fairs, events and wrote and posted job applications.
I met Standard Chartered at one of the recruitment events in London and among all the recruiters, the people from Standard Chartered gave me the most positive perception. I remember after my meetings at the assessment centre, one of the assessors from Hong Kong called me. He said some other assessors questioned my fashion sensibilities with my match of a brown suit, a green shirt and a gold tie, but he was prepared to judge me beyond how I dressed and wanted to know me a little bit more. To this day, I still treasure the opportunity he has given me. To play safe, I went back to a black suit and white shirt when I started my job in Hong Kong!