No one likes a job interview, but they're a necessary evil.
A bit of research, polish your shoes, work out what you'll use as your 'do you have any questions for us' question and away you go. But, in these ever-more competitive times, you might be making fatal mistakes without even realising it.
Recruitment firm Front of House have put together ten tips to impress those all-important bosses on the other side of the desk to guarantee* that you get the gig every single time.
Click on the gallery and get gunning for that job.
*not actually guaranteed, but we promise it will help
A limp handshake
"A weak handshake is one of the most common interview issues, with many candidates giving off the impression that they're fragile and unconfident based on their handshake."
"A surprising number of job applicants chew gum during their interviews, including many experienced professionals, lowering their chances of being accepted for their dream job."
Ignoring the dress code
"Flat shoes, extremely tall heels, false eyelashes and unusual attire send the wrong impression during job interviews."
Work history issues
"Employers are understanding of work history gaps, particularly with the financial crisis fresh in people's minds. However, some jobseekers make comments about their work history that make them seem like less desirable employees."
"A surprisingly large number of job applicants send a bad impression to their interviewers by making mistakes like sitting with their bags on their laps."
CV spelling mistakes
"Nothing ruins a professional CV like a spelling error."
Answering the phone
"Letting your phone ring in an interview - particularly if you stop to answer it - is one of the most serious interview mistakes."
Poor body language
"Posture and body language have a huge impact on the way interviewers view your skills, confidence and competence."
"Unusual, unnecessary comments - such as comments about a reception area being very busy or quiet - can change an interviewer's perception of you."
"Along with any of the problems listed above, a bad attitude is often all it takes to change a possible 'yes' into a definite 'no'."