Jobseekers spend £146 getting ready for a job interview – but then don’t focus on preparing for the actual interview!

Haircuts, new outfits and even body language coaching take priority over proper interview preparation

British jobseekers are spending £1.44bn every year getting ready for interviews, in the hope of successfully attaining their dream job, but the majority are failing to prepare for the actual interview.

A recent study by TotalJobs revealed that jobseekers are spending £146 per interview on average – spending money on a haircut, a new outfit, makeup, transport, CV writing assistance, new shoes and even body language coaching.

16-24 year-olds spend the most, with on average of £ 167 going into a single interview, although nearly a third of all job hunters fail to research the job they are applying for and 37 per cent don’t even go as far as researching the industry they want to go into.

A key problem is that of updating your CV to make it relevant to each role with 60 per cent of jobseekers failing to do so. Over half said they don’t get a good night’s sleep prior to the interview and 85 per cent admitted they don’t eat well beforehand either.

With important preparation being neglected, it’s no surprise that three quarters of job seekers find the job hunting process difficult and 81 per cent have job hunting fears.

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