Two-Thirds of Jobseekers Find that Nerves get the Better of them in Interviews

Two-Thirds of Jobseekers Find that Nerves get the Better of them in Interviews


New research by total jobs has revealed that 65% of jobseekers say nerves prevent them ‘showing off their true ability’ in interviews, while nearly half (41%) say they feel anxious during an interview.

A quarter (26%) of jittery jobseekers said they talk too quickly while one-in-five (20%) said they talk too much. Over one-in-three (34%) suffer from self-doubt during interviews, and 30% lose their train of thought. Only 1 in 10 (10%) jobseekers say they don’t suffer from anything in an interview, while 1 in 5 (19%) feel very confident in interviews.

Given these pressures, it is perhaps no surprise that 47% of jobseekers said interviews made them nervous or extremely nervous, third only to public speaking (61%) and giving a wedding speech (58%).

Top 10 jobseeker jitters:

Feel anxious (41%)

Start to doubt their abilities (34%)

Lose their train of thought (30%)

Talk too quickly (26%)

Talk too much (20%)

Overheat and get sweaty (19%)

Get flustered (17%)

Fidget (15%)

Feel like they are going to be sick (9%)

Behave awkwardly (8%)

Total jobs surveyed more than 6,000 jobseekers and 150 employers to learn more about what candidates believe are the biggest interview pressures. To help candidates through the daunting interview process, total jobs has launched #TheElevatorPitch campaign with star of ‘The Apprentice’ Nick Hewer and psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, to coach jobseekers in overcoming common interview pressures.

The biggest interview worry for jobseekers was not knowing the answers to interview questions (55%) – even more of a concern than not actually getting the job (44%).

As part of #TheElevatorPitch, real jobseekers were invited to take on the challenge of the totaljobs elevator, where they experienced the physical manifestation of some of the top interview pressures, such as panic and self-doubt, whilst completing a 60 second pitch.

Source: recruitmentbuzz