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Top 10 most surprising facts we uncovered about New Zealanders in 2018

Top 10 most surprising facts we uncovered about New Zealanders in 2018

We decided to look back over the last 12 months and reveal the most surprising facts we uncovered about the New Zealand workforce in 2018

From how many people have been asked an illegal interview question, to how much people expect to earn in their first career jobs, here are the 10 most surprising facts of 2018:

1. Do I have to answer that?

We discovered that 38% of New Zealanders have been asked an illegal question in an interview. What’s more, of those who were asked an illegal question, 89% answered it.

READ: Illegal interview questions. What employers have no right to ask

2. You can’t handle the truth

37% of New Zealanders think it’s acceptable to stretch the truth during an interview, with the most commonly accepted lie being the reason they are looking for a new job. This lie was considered acceptable to more than one in 10 (16%) job seekers.

READ: The truth about lies in interviews

3. Money vs happiness

Many Kiwis have taken pay cuts in the past, and most would consider it in the future.Interestingly, 61% of New Zealanders who have taken a pay cut voluntarily did so for improved work-life balance.

READ: Are you ticking the work-life balance box?

4.  Wellness at work

More than half of New Zealanders have felt the need to take a mental health day, but haven’t actually done so. Two in five (44%) have lied when taking a day off for their own mental health, despite most (84%) agreeing that their colleagues should be allowed mental health days.

READ: How to talk about mental health in the workplace

5. Great (salary) expectations

17% of New Zealanders expect to earn more than $70,000 in their first career job and 42% expect to earn $50,000 or more, signaling a potential disconnect between actual entry role salaries and expectations.

READ: Pitch perfect: Get your salary sorted with our guide

6. More money...please?

While 58% of New Zealanders believe they are underpaid, more than half (52%) have never asked for a pay rise. Perhaps what’s even more surprising is that 31% don’t believe they ever will.

READ: Want a pay rise? Say this

7. Second incomes

Not afraid of a little variety or hard work, more than one in five (22%) Kiwis support their primary job with a second income. The most common source to earn additional dollars being; another job (39%), freelancing (24%) and/or investments (16%).

8. What interview?

More than one in 10 job seekers are attending interviews in secret, 15% of Kiwis admitted that they will not talk to anyone about an upcoming interview, including their family and friends.

READ: Master your next interview with SEEK’s Practice Interview Builder

9. My greatest weakness...umm?

18% of Kiwis believe that the most stressful question to be asked in an interview is: ‘What is your greatest weakness?’. ‘Why do you think you’re the best person for this role?’ and ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ followed closely behind at 12%.

READ: What’s your greatest weakness? The 3 best and worst answers

10. SHOW ME THE...flexible working conditions?

We asked New Zealanders what the most valuable incentives were in lieu of more money and the top results were unanimous - if we can’t be offered more money, we want more time. The top non-financial benefits Kiwis want if there’s no extra money on the table are extra annual leave (37%) and flexible hours (31%).   

READ: How to negotiate non-financial rewards