Interview nerves cause sleepless nights

2004

More than eight out of ten people dislike face-to-face job interviews and more than nine out of ten believe they under-perform in interview situations, according to a new survey.

A survey of 1,753 employees by financial recruitment firm Portfolio Payroll also found that almost everyone– 96 per cent – said that they find it difficult to sleep the night before a job interview.

Three-quarters said that they prepare for an interview, a figure that surely raises serious question marks about the commitment of the quarter who do not.

According to Portfolio’s MD, Danny Don, the tradition of face-to-face interviews is fast becoming a method for employers to observe how candidates react under a stressful situation, rather than finding the suitable candidate for the position available.

"Research into the area has indicated that using different techniques of recruitment enables employers to make a more informed decision and ensures that the candidates have an opportunity to sell themselves more," he said.