62% of Americans would prefer an in-person interview to a

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62% of Americans would prefer an in-person interview to a


PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to a new survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Yoh, a leading international talent and outsourcing company and part of Day & Zimmermann, 62% of Americans would prefer to be interviewed for a job in person rather than virtually if given the choice.

Among Americans who say they would prefer an in-person interview, reasons include:

  • Personal interviews would be the only way to really evaluate a new job opportunity (59%)
  • Virtual interviews would limit the relationship with the interviewer (37%)
  • Virtual job interviews would offer too many opportunities for technical difficulties (17%)
  • Other reason (16%)

However, there is still a portion of Americans who prefer a virtual interview. The results show that 38% of Americans say they would prefer a virtual job interview to an in-person job interview, with nearly a quarter of Americans (22%) saying it would make them feel more relaxed than an in-person interview.

“In this technological age, companies are constantly finding faster and better ways to streamline the recruiting process and open the door to a wider range of hiring opportunities,” said Emmett McGrath, Yoh President. “But Americans’ skepticism about virtual interviews underscores the need for human interaction during the selection and hiring process. While virtual interviews can offer a wider reach and can often be quicker to schedule, they should not replace the face-to-face interaction and personal connection provided by highly skilled recruiters.”

Additional findings include:

  • American baby boomers (ages 55-64) and millennials (ages 18-34) are almost equally concerned about technical difficulties during a virtual interview. The results show that 13% of Americans aged 55-64 would prefer an in-person interview to avoid potential technical issues. This compares to 12% for Americans between the ages of 18-34 and 65+. Americans between the ages of 35-44 and 45-54 are slightly less concerned, at 8% and 9%, respectively.
  • College graduates are less likely to be amenable to virtual interviews than Americans without a college degree. More than two-thirds of college graduates (68%) say they would prefer an in-person interview to a virtual interview, compared to 57% of those with a high school diploma or less and 61% of those with some college but no degree .
  • Americans with household income (HHI) above 100,000 per year are more likely to prefer in-person interviews than those with lower annual household incomes. The results show that more than two-thirds of Americans with an HHI of more than $100,000 per year (69%) prefer an in-person interview to a virtual one, compared to less than 3 in 5 of those with an HHI of less than $75,000 per year (57%). They are also more likely to say they prefer in-person interviews to truly evaluate a job opportunity than those earning less than $50,000 (43% vs. 30%).

This survey was conducted online in the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Braithwaite from July 30 to August 1, 2019, among 2,015 US adults aged 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore an estimate of the theoretical sampling error cannot be calculated. For full study methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Joe McIntyre at joe@gobraithwaite.com.

For more than 75 years, Yoh has provided the talent needed for the jobs and projects that are critical to our clients’ success. Our specialist recruitment experts find high-impact professionals in aerospace and defence, engineering, healthcare, life sciences, information technology, interactive entertainment and telecommunications. For clients with workforce management needs, our Enterprise Solutions team provides comprehensive workforce solutions, including managed services, recruiting process outsourcing, vendor management systems, independent contractor compliance and payroll services. For more information, visit www.yoh.com.

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