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Nine in 10 Americans fear job interviews

November 20 2013

A new survey found that 92 percent of Americans fear something about the job interview experience, according to a survey released by Everest College. Jitters proved the biggest worry with 17 percent of Americans saying that being too nervous was their top concern.

Being overqualified came next, at 15 percent, along with being stumped by the employer’s questions, also at 15 percent.

Men and women differed on interview fears as well. The survey found that 19 percent of women were concerned about being too nervous and another 19 percent of women were concerned about not being able to answer a specific question. For men, the survey found the biggest concern was being overqualified at 18 percent.

Income plays a role as well. The survey found that 22 percent of those whose household income is less than $50,000 cited being too nervous as their main concern. That compares to just 11 percent of high earners who said the same. (A high earner refers to someone from a household with more than $100,000 in income.)

In addition, 22 percent of those with a high school diploma or less ranked being too nervous as a top concern compared with just 11 percent of college grads.

The telephone survey included 1,002 employed adults in the U.S.

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