Those who are anxious can experience difficulty speaking, and have some trouble thinking of answers and this may negatively impact hiring outcomes, the study found.
The study showed that anxious men and women scored much lower in interview scores as compared to their more-confident counterparts.
"It could simply be that people have stereotypes about anxiety and that it's more socially acceptable for a woman to be anxious. While for men, it may look out of character. They may be expected to be less emotional and more assertive. They may practice being interviewed with a friend or seek emotional support by talking about their fears. On average, men tend to engage more in avoidance. As a result men do less to prepare for the interview and perform worse," researcher Amanda Feiler said.
It would be better if people adopt effective coping strategies to tackle interviews rather than go have a negative experience throwing a spanner in job outcomes.