Budget 2018 was a mixed bag for most people. Overall, the average family will be €600 better off because of Budget 2018, which is welcome news. The 2017 Abrivia Salary Survey found that 44% of respondents planned to change jobs in 2017. This begs a question, have 44% of respondents budgeted financially for interview success?
The main expenses to consider when attending an interview are:
Travel expenses and possible accommodation expenses
Is your interview overseas or a considerable distance away from your home base? If yes, you will need to budget for travel expenses and a possible overnight stay. An overnight stay is advised it you have a “first thing in the morning” interview as early morning traveling can leave you exhausted before you reach your interview destination. Many companies will reimburse these expenses at a later date.
Is your interview attire up to scratch?
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. At a minimum, you will incur dry cleaning expenses. Otherwise, you may feel more comfortable investing in a new interview outfit.
You will need to eat
Don’t attend an interview on an empty stomach and it’s good to treat yourself post interview to something substantial. If your interview is in an expensive part of town, you may have to budget for this.
If you are the main carer in the home, you may incur childcare expenses to attend your interview. This needs to be budgeted for and organised well in advance to avoid unnecessary stress.
You may need to hire a care if there is no easier way of reaching your interview destination. Again, this additional cost needs to be futured in prior to attending an interview.
The above list is by no means exhaustive. However, it is worth having a slush fund for interviews, to avoid unnecessary financial stress, which could have a detrimental effect on your overall interview performance.