Top 5 Job Interview Spending Splurges You Should Make

Posted by Ginni Garner on Jul 13 2012

Top 5 Job Interview Spending Splurges You Should Make – Featuring Tim Tolan, Senior Partner at Sanford Rose Associates - by Kathryn Tuggle | Published May 11, 2012  | FOXBusiness

If you’re looking for a new job, chances are you’ve already spent money for access to online job boards, resume help, or career consultants. Spending more money on your appearance for job interviews may be the last thing on your to-do list, but experts say that looking sharp may make the difference between “you’re hired,” and “keep searching.”

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to achieve a truly professional look without spending a little money, says Chad Oakley, President & Chief Operating Officer at Charles Aris, an executive search consultancy.

“Looking the part really does matter and really does make a difference,” says Oakley. “We prep all our clients the same way whether they’re a CEO or an analyst: ‘Dress like you’re running for president.’ You want your dress code to say, ‘I am a professional.’”

Having the right finishing touches on your outfit will do more than just help you look sharp—it can also affect your attitude, making you more confident when handling potentially tricky interview questions, says Tim Tolan, executive recruiter and Senior Partner and Managing Director of employment consultancy Sanford Rose Associates.

“You’re there for an interview that may last two hours, but the first 15 to 20 seconds for that first impression are what counts, and you need to feel like you’re walking on water, Tolan says. “That confidence can come from a new hair cut, new clothes—anything that makes you feel your best, and you’re probably going to have to spend a little money to achieve that.”

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Topics: best job interview advice, Sanford Rose Associates best practices, Tim Tolan, interview tips, interviewing tips, job interview

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