Interviews ‘most dreaded experience’ of adult lives

More
than 70 per cent of employees rank a job clinching interview as one of the most
dreaded experiences of their adult lives.

In
a survey by recruitment company Office Angels, it was rated higher than meeting
a partner’s parents (16 per cent) or a wisdom tooth extraction (13 per cent).

The
survey of 1,500 office workers reveals that while nearly everyone (97 per cent)
worries about committing an interview faux pas, more than a third (36 per cent)
believe they have lost out on a dream job because of a basic interview blunder
that could have been easily avoided.

According
to the survey, the top five interview faux pas are:

1.
Arriving late due to getting lost en route (57 per cent)

2.
Being caught out on CV lies (41 per cent)

3.
Calling the interviewer by the wrong name or mistaking the interviewer for a
secretary/receptionist (32 per cent)

4.
Getting the dress code completely wrong (28 per cent)

5.
Implying that it’s not your ideal job (19 per cent)

Paul
Jacobs, managing director of Office Angels, said: “Interviews are a tense
period of time loaded with expectation. The important point to bear in mind is
not to let nerves or ill-preparation result in a blunder on the day. Interviews
are by their nature challenging – so it’s best to make sure you’re as prepared
as possible."

By Quentin Reade

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