It's a tough job market these days. More and more people are applying for less and less jobs and it looks set to get worse before it gets better.
But don't despair. Good people are still finding jobs and so can you. You just need to be better organised and more prepared than your competition we'll show you how.
Here are 9 easy-to-follow free job interview tips which will help you on the road to landing the job you want.
Make sure you research both the Company/Organisation and the job, well before your interview date. That way you'll be able to answer common job interview questions like:
"Tell us what you know about ABC Company"
"What do you think the job involves, day-to-day?"
Many job interview candidates don't do proper research and it shows in their job interview answers. Do yours and stand out. Interviewers expect you to know about their Company and the job, so don't disappoint them.
Most job interview candidates think about what to wear, but many don't think beyond that.
Because it's not just about wearing a suit. Too few candidates think about their hair, jewellery, perfume, make-up and so on you should. Remember, the first impression you make on your interviewers is often the lasting one, so don't screw it up.
Take just 5 minutes to read our tips on job interview clothes and appearance.
Not rocket science but worth a few minutes thought. After all, you don't want great job interview answers ruined by a few avoidable mistakes.
Learn the dos and don'ts of interview body language here.
If you've done your research you'll understand what the job involves, the skills needed and the sort of person the interviewers are looking for. This will give you a fairly good idea of what job interview questions you'll be asked.
To help you, here are 38 sample interview questions.
As well as thinking about what answers to give, think a little about how you answer job interview questions too. Sometimes the way in which you answer and the words you use, say more about you than the actual content of your answer.
Here's some advice about using the right language when answering job interview questions.
And make sure you have a few interview questions of your own to ask. If you have none, it can appear to the interviewers that you are not that interested in the job or perhaps so desperate you'd take it without having all your questions answered. Either way you give a bad impression. So read our advice on good interview questions to ask.
And finally, don't think it's all over after you've left the interview room. Your interviewers might mull over the applicants overnight, maybe over a couple of days and this gives you a chance to make one final good impression by sending an interview thank you letter.
If you were the best applicant, your initiative will just confirm the interviewers' choice. If you were 2nd or 3rd, your initiative might push you to the top of the pile. You have nothing to lose!