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LaSalle Network, National Staffing and Recruiting Firm, Conducts Survey on Job Interview Stress

CHICAGO – April 1, 2016 – April is Stress Awareness Month, and LaSalle Network, a national staffing and recruiting firm, surveyed nearly 600 people on stress associated with the job interview process. When asked if they got nervous prior to a job interview, 71 percent of respondents stated yes.

When asked to choose what about the interview they feared most, 59 percent of respondents stated, “saying the wrong thing,” 50 percent stated “making a bad first impression,” and 39 percent stated “showing up late.” Other reasons included “selling myself” (38 percent) and “being unprepared” (34 percent). For this question, respondents were able to choose multiple responses.

Below are other findings from this year’s survey:                                                                 

| Preparedness |

When asked how prepared they felt prior to an interview, respondents stated:

Perfectly Prepared – 56 percent

Underprepared – 28 percent

Over-prepared – 16 percent

When asked how much time they spent preparing for an interview, respondents stated:

2-3 hours – 46 percent

0-1 hours – 23 percent

4-5 hours – 20 percent

6+ hours – 11 percent

When asked what they do to prepare for an interview, respondents stated the following (respondents were able to check all that apply):

Look at the company website – 98 percent

Review company’s social media (Yelp, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) – 67 percent

Talk to current employees – 23 percent

Of the above, when asked which was helpful, respondents stated:

Company website – 87 percent

Company’s social media – 52 percent

Talk to current employees – 49 percent

When asked which social media channel is most helpful for preparing for a job interview, respondents stated the following:

LinkedIn – 82 percent

Glassdoor – 68 percent

Facebook – 53 percent

Yelp – 37 percent

Twitter – 31 percent

Instagram – 16 percent

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About LaSalle Network

LaSalle Network is a leading provider of professional staffing and recruiting services specializing in accounting and finance, technology, administrative, call center, human resources, marketing, executive search, supply chain, and healthcare revenue cycle. Since its inception, LaSalle has worked with thousands of clients and placed more than 30,000 candidates in temporary, temporary-to-permanent and permanent positions. LaSalle Network has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list for the past nine years, named by Staffing Industry Analysts’ as a top five “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” from 2011 – 2016, and Crain’s Chicago Business’ Best Places to Work list in 2014 and 2015. The firm has offices in downtown Chicago, Arlington Heights, Oak Brook and San Francisco. For more information, please call 312-419-1700 or visit