Four steps to getting that job

  • 20 June 2012
  • From the section Business

As the latest UK unemployment figures come out, BBC News asks four experts for their tips for prospective job-hunters.

They give their advice on how to approach that all-important job interview - from what you wear to how you can use body language to impress your potential future boss.

How to prepare for the interview

Media captionSue Powell, career coach: "Preparation is key when it comes to job interviews"

Sue Powell is a relationship and career coach and she says that "preparation is key" when it comes to doing well in a job interview.

She tells BBC News about the kinds of things candidates can do to prepare themselves before an interview.

This includes doing some research on the company you are applying to, and making sure there are no inappropriate pictures of yourself available on the internet.

How to deal with interview nerves

Media captionNeil Mullarkey: "Learn, look, listen and link"

Neil Mullarkey is a comedian and improviser who advises business people on communication.

He gave BBC News a few tips on how to beat the nerves and stay cool under pressure.

He says the key is to breathe deeply and listen closely to the questions you are being asked.

What to wear

Media captionSudarshan Singh, personal stylist: "You have to look professional"

For many people, job interviews can be nerve-racking - but a bit of preparation and a few simple techniques can make them less painful.

It is important that candidates give the right impression and this means wearing smart and professional clothing.

Sudarshan Singh is a personal stylist. He tells BBC News what kind of clothes to wear to an interview.

How to perform well in the interview

Media captionCarly Stephens, recruitment director: "Let them know you want the job"

Carly Stephens is a recruitment director at Maine-Tucker. Here she explains how to perform to the best of your ability in an interview situation.

She says one of the most important things is to give tangible examples of your experience in your answers.

Produced by Lucy Burton

The BBC Lab UK's Get Yourself Hired Test takes 20 minutes and includes practical jobseeking advice from The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell.