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Majority prefer in-person job interviews over virtual: Yoh survey

August 28, 2019

A majority of US adults, 62%, would prefer an in-person job interview over a virtual job interview, according to survey data released today by staffing firm Yoh. College grads and those with household incomes of more than $100,000 were more likely to prefer in-person interviews.

Among college grads, 68% would prefer in-person interviews compared to 57% of those with a high school diploma or less.

In addition, 69% of those earning more than $100,000 per year would prefer an in-person interview compared to 57% of those in households earning less than $75,000.

“In this technological era, companies are consistently finding faster, better ways to streamline the recruitment process and open the door to a wider range of hiring opportunities,” Yoh President Emmett McGrath said. “But Americans’ skepticism of virtual interviews highlights the need for human interaction throughout the recruitment and hiring process.”

Virtual interviews in the survey include all types of technology-assisted interview methods outside of in-person interviews.

Why do people prefer in-person interviews? The survey found:

  • 59% said in-person interviews would be the only way to truly judge a new job opportunity
  • 37% said virtual interviews would limit the connection with the interviewer
  • 17% said virtual job interviews would offer too many opportunities for technical difficulties
  • 16% cited other reasons

Yoh’s online survey included responses from 2,015 US adults ages 18 and older and took place from July 30 to Aug. 1.


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