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Interviews beat dentist stress

INTERVIEWS are more stressful than going to the dentist, asking for a raise, getting a speeding ticket or preparing a vacation, according to a recent survey by human resource firm Morgan & Banks.

Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 33.2 per cent said job interviews were the most stressful scenario, 25 per cent said asking for a raise was the most stressful, 21.2 per cent said a speeding ticket produced high anxiety while 19.9 per cent anguished about visits to the dentist.

Morgan & Banks Technology’s Ian James said those aged nineteen to twenty-four were more stressed about job interviews than any other age group with 41.43 per cent saying it caused them more stress than anything else.

“More than half of those people earning less than $20,000 found job interviews kept them awake at night,” Mr James said.

“Females, however, were more likely to find that asking for a raise caused them undue stress than males with 31 per cent of females saying this was hard for them compared to 19 per cent of males.

“Clerical and administrative staff clearly did not enjoy job

interviews with 52.7 per cent shuddering at the thought, while 66.6 per cent of those in advertising positions were reticent to ask for a raise in pay,” he said.

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