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Job interviews leave UK job hunters lost for words, according to new research from Hays which has found that just under two thirds (64%) of jobseekers feared not knowing the answer to questions asked in a job interview.
Half of the 400 surveyed said job interviews made them the most nervous compared to public speaking (49%) or taking a driving test (42%).
The research also found that 42% spent up to an hour researching or practicing interview techniques with a conscientious 63% of women taking over an hour, compared to 50% of men. Despite preparing for interviews, those surveyed still struggled with answering questions about their weaknesses.
“In a competitive and challenging jobs market employees feel they have to pull out all the stops to secure a new position. With this backdrop it’s important that people prepare for interviews thoroughly, including the finer detail,” said Andy Robling, Director at Hays.
Interestingly, 30% of men said their biggest fear before a job interview was how they presented themselves, including appearance, body language and handshake. This compared to only 18% of women.
“First impressions are important so taking time with your appearance is key. However, appearance is not the deciding factor so thinking how you present your skills, experience and personality are all vital in securing your much wanted job,” said Mr Robling.