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The job interview has always been a crucial part of the hiring process. But in today's intensely competitive labor market, it couldn't be more key. For every open position, expect to find an army of qualified, and even overqualified, candidates starving for work in a country with 9% unemployment. If you're lucky enough to make it to the interview stage, you'll need to be at your best to seal the deal. You can't just rely on your resume. Absolutely, the interview is more important than ever, says Shawn Boyer, founder and CEO of snagajob.com, a site geared towards hourly workers. They are harder and harder to come by. You need to do your best to differentiate.