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6 August 2013

Job interviews have always been nerve-racking and according to a survey by Hays, the leading recruiting expert, over two thirds of UK workers (70%) said panel interviews make them the most nervous. A survey of over 500 respondents asked UK workers what type of interview made them most nervous, 22% said telephone interviews put them on edge, while 8% said the more personal one-on-one interview made them nervous.

Steve Orr, Managing Director at Hays in London comments, “It is common that interviews can be the cause of sleepless nights across the UK but preparation is key in helping to deal with nerves and ultimately land the dream job. According to our survey, 70% said that panel interviews were the most nerve-racking. Making a list of potential questions and practising answers will help calm those jitters. Also remember, interviews should be two-way – they are an opportunity for you to quiz the interviewers about the job and company and find out if it is right for you too.”

Interview top tips:
• Do your homework – find out about the company, read trade magazines and visit competitors' websites
• Study the job specification, match it to your CV so you can provide evidence that you meet the
• Remember that you're making an impression as soon as you walk through the door
• Be factual and honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Show that you recognise your weaknesses and that you are striving to improve them
• If you get stuck on a question, do not dwell on it for too long but politely ask if you can come back to it later


About the survey
Survey results from an online poll of 524 visitors to, collected in July 2013.

About Hays
Note to Editors
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 31 December 2012 the Group employed 7,810 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2012:
• the Group reported net fees of £734 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £128 million;
• the Group placed around 55,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments;
• 33% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 36% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 31% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
• the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
• Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA

For further press information please contact:
Deepa Bose
T. 020 7200 3760