A good piece in The Times explains why it is more important than ever to have a strong image and strong interpersonal skills in a bad economy, especially if you are lookingfor work after a redundancy or even just stay where you are. As pointed out in the article by Amanda Blinkhorn, “if you have managed to secure an interview in this tough climate, then you probably have the right qualifications and experience for the job. What you have to work on at the interview is your interpersonal skills. That decision can be made instantly. They want someone who is confident but not cocky, intelligent, approachable, composed and calm." It will be your interpersonal skills that set you apart. It's a good reminder that after a certain point it's how you present yourself, and not your qualifications, that will make or break you.