Stand Out From the Pack: Tips for Group Interviews

Stand Out From the Pack: Tips for Group Interviews
From Recruiter - October 14, 2016

You arrive for your job interview only to be ushered into a conference room where a half-dozen other candidates are already waiting. Being prepared for this sort of surprise can be the difference between embarrassment and success.

Group job interviews are becoming more common. Theyre intended to expedite the hiring process, but for most candidates theyre pretty intimidating. Its exhausting to interview alongside other candidates who are all hoping for the same job, with everyone sizing each other up and trying to outdo one another to make a lasting impression.

Luckily, there are a few strategies you can use to master the group interview. Knowing these tactics before you need them can help you outshine a roomful of competitors if an employer springs a group interview on you.

1. Understand the Process

In a group interview, one or several people interview all candidates for a position simultaneously. In addition to speeding up hiring, the process also allows hiring managers to see you in a team setting so they can better assess your communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.

Very often, the interview is a group discussion during which candidates take turns answering the interviewers questions or sharing thoughts among themselves on an assigned topic. Also common is giving the interviewees a hypothetical situation to address as a group while the hiring manager watches to assess how the candidates handle teamwork.

2. Do Your Homework

Prepare for the interview as you would any other that meansresearching the company and (if possible) the hiring manager and practicing answers to common interview questions. You can also check Glassdoor for information about the hiring process from past candidates. They may even shed some light on the types of questions or activities youll face.

Be careful not to over-prepare. Sounding too rehearsed can seem disingenuous or dishonest, and hiring managers are looking for authenticity. In fact, group interviews are designed to test how candidates handle off-the-cuff situations, so being too scripted can be a knock against you.

3. Speak Up

Get a feel for the room.Very often, a group interview is intended to be a conversation rather than an interrogation. Dont wait for your turn to talk. Add to the conversation when it makes sense and isnt obtrusive.


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