August 22, 2013
Ninety-two percent of Americans fear at least one thing, and often several, about meeting a prospective employer, says a new report by Harris Interactive and Everest College. As Fortune reports, appearing nervous is the most widespread worry that people have during job interviews, followed by fears of being overqualified, being stumped by an interviewer’s questions, showing up late, being under-qualified, and not being prepared.
The higher your income, the less likely you are to be fazed by a job interview, the poll suggests. Twenty-two percent of those with household incomes of less than $50,000 said they worry about seeming nervous during an interview, while 11 percent of survey respondents with incomes of $100,000 reported having the same fear. Those with incomes between $75,000 and $100,000 are “more likely not to fear anything than those making between $35,000 and $50,000,” the report says.
“Everyone is different under pressure,” says John Swartz, West Coast regional director of career services for Everest College. “But the best way to manage fear is simply to be prepared.” To avoid jitters, research the company thoroughly beforehand, try to anticipate questions, and ask some smart questions of your own, he advises. As Fortune reports, it might also help to keep in mind that a mild case of sweaty palms is perfectly natural and unlikely to be held against you. — Greg Beaubien