92% of U.S. Adults Fear Something About Job Interviews, Survey Finds
Everest College's National Study Finds That Nervousness, Being Overqualified
and Tough Interview Questions Cause the Most Anxiety for Job Seekers
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For an overwhelming majority of
Americans, the job interview is a dreaded, stressful ordeal as 9 in 10
employed adults said they fear something about the experience, according to
data released today in the 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey conducted by
Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College.
The telephone survey of 1,002 employed adults found that 92% of Americans are
stressed by at least one thing about the job interview process. The biggest
fear was having the jitters, as 17% of Americans stated being too nervous as
their top concern, followed by being overqualified for the job (15%), being
stumped by the employer's questions (15%), being late for the interview (14%),
being under qualified (11%) and not being prepared (10%).
"For so many, the job interview can be a high-pressure, make-or-break event
when searching for a job, so it's only natural that anxiety can play a major
factor," said survey spokesman John Swartz, regional director of career
services at Everest College. "Everyone is different when coping under the
pressure, but the best advice to help manage job interview fear is to simply
be prepared. Conducting research, anticipating questions and acting
professionally are staples that will stand the test of time, regardless of the
latest job interview trends."
Women, Men Differ on Leading Interview Fears
The survey found that women and men have some key differences when asked what
they fear most about the job interview. American women are most afraid of
being too nervous (19%) or not being able to answer a specific question (19%),
while American men are most worried about being overqualified (18%).
Income played a significant role in determining the top job interview fears,
the survey found. Those whose household income is less than $50,000 said their
top fear during a job interview was being too nervous (22%), compared to just
11% of the highest earners (those with a household income of $100,000 or
more). Those households making between $75,000-$100,000 are more likely not to
fear anything compared to those making between $35,000 and $50,000.
Not surprisingly, 22% of the survey participants with a high school diploma or
less ranked being too nervous as their top fear compared with just 11% of
college graduates. College graduates ranked being overqualified No. 1 (19%),
followed by not being able to answer a particular question (17%) and being
late for the interview (15%).
"The interview, without a doubt, is the most important part of getting the job
you want. You are essentially trying to sell yourself and communicate how your
skills help the employer," said Swartz. "Hiring managers have reported
recently that a great number of college graduates lack basic interview skills.
They take calls, text and can seem disinterested in the entire process. The
job interview is still a traditional environment, one where the distraction of
social media and smartphones are not appropriate.
"As part of the core training at Everest College, we make certain our
graduates are equipped with the necessary tools to handle the interview
process with poise and confidence. We also encourage them to enjoy the
interview and ask the right questions. A potential employer wants someone who
is friendly, engaged, and has done their homework regarding the company. If
job seekers implement these tactics and expect to do well during an interview,
By the Numbers: 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey Fast Facts
*While 92% of Americans said at least one thing is stressful about job
interviews, 7% said nothing stresses them out about interviews.
*Regionally, workers who live in the South were more likely to choose being
late for the interview as their top fear (17%), compared to those in the
*American workers 18-34 are more likely than those 45-54 to say they fear
making a bad first impression as their biggest job interview fear (10%).
About the Survey
Everest College's 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey was conducted by telephone
within the United States by Harris Interactive between July 11-21, 2013 among
1,002 employed U.S. adults ages 18+. Results were weighted for age, sex,
geographic region, and race when necessary to align them with their actual
proportions in the population.
About Everest College
Everest College is part of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest
post-secondary education companies in North America. Its mission is to prepare
students for new careers or for advancement in their chosen field. It offers
diploma programs and associate and bachelor's degrees in a variety of
occupational areas, including healthcare, criminal justice, business,
information technology and construction trades. Programs and schedules vary by
campus. For more information, please visit www.everest.edu. For more
information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who
completed the program and other important information, please visit our
website at www.everest.edu/disclosures.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms,
leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant
insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for
pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a
wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs,
energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail,
restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries
and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a
network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering
research solutions that help us – and our clients – stay ahead of what's next.
For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest
College, is available for interviews to discuss the survey.To schedule an
interview or for more information on the 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey,
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