The Job Interview

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The Job interview is viewed as the most stressful and challenging part in the recruitment process because not all applicants are prepared to answer the employer interview questions thrown at them. Understanding the way the job interview process works requires skill; as with all skills, preparation and practice improves the quality of that skill. In this case, preparation is the big difference between getting a job offer and getting rejected.

In this day and age where cut-throat competition is the rule of the corporate world, various government agencies have all reported worsening unemployment trends. Here are some statistics from Australia, the US and the UK.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that "unemployment has increased from 11,000 to 670,100 for the month ended October 2009." Records also show that "unemployment in Sydney has increased two-folds from 15,800 in December 2008 to 31,900 in April 2009."

In a similar trend, the UK Office for National Statistics said that "unemployment has increased by 30,000 to reach 2.46 million for the quarter ended September 2009." Statistics also confirmed "a record-low 428,000 job vacancies for the three-month-period ended October 2009." Even London, the West Midlands and Birmingham were not spared by the 11%-plus unemployment rates as of April 2009, records indicate.

Furthermore, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey revealed that "Unemployment has increased from 9,350 for the quarter ended October 2008 to 14,844 for the same period ended October 2009." Statistics also showed that "the unemployment rate for the second quarter of 2009 is 9.2%, which is higher than the 2008 annual rate of 5.8%." Major cities like New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago have suffered about 5%-plus unemployment rates with Detroit as the worst-hit with 16.7% as of 2008.

These facts alone show that many people are looking for work and not all of them will find work by year's end. The global financial crisis has also worsened the situation by increasing the competition for each job vacancy and companies trying to minimise personnel costs. Though there are no official statistics on job interview rejections; the chances of getting a job interview, let alone passing it, has become slimmer.

Securing a coveted job interview is extremely difficult these days, so you need to make sure that you present yourself in the very best light possible. In order to ensure your success, you need to invest in a job interview coach. Though many people believe that some self preparation for a job interview is a step ahead in getting that dream job, it's not always the case. Simple self preparation alone is not enough because you cannot effectively evaluate yourself. Getting professional help from a reputable interview consulting firm is an investment worth exploring. Interview consulting firms provide tips and strategies to job applicants who want to sell themselves to potential employers Job interview coaching will make you the candidate that every employer wants to hire.

FlightDeck Consulting, a market leader in job interview training, has helped clients worldwide achieve the job of their dreams. FlightDeck offers a wide range of products and services that will help you anticipate employer interview questions and develop you to become the stand-out candidate. Our portfolio includes the Virtual Interview Program, a 10-session online course wherein you will undergo a professional panel interview via a secured website. The Virtual Interview DVD is a 10-session mock interview program with access to frequently asked employer interview questions. FlightDeck Consulting's One on One Interview Coaching program provides one-on-one sessions with the firm's professional interview consulting experts via telephone or Skype.
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