Being able to see several candidates at one single time, rather than conducting individual interviews, is a much more efficient way for the employer to streamline the hiring process, taking less time to whittle down the candidates to the final few. Group interviews allow employers to see what their prospective candidates are like when put under pressure to perform, and it enables them to analyse how they interact with people, all within a short space of time. Therefore, it is important that you make a lasting impression.
What is a group interview and what happens?
isn’t one set format for a group interview. Some employers will have you take
part in work simulation exercises to see how you might perform in a certain
environment, whilst others may put you into different group scenarios in order
to perform certain tasks to put your problem-solving and communication skills
to the test. Group interviews will change dependent on the company and the type
of role you’re applying for.
in mind, you’re probably wondering how you can best prepare for an interview,
especially if they’re all different and you’re not quite sure what to expect.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions ahead of the group interview stage to gain a
better understanding of what you’ll be doing on the day, as that will help you
to prepare accordingly.
thing is guaranteed – you’re going to be pegged up against your competitors, so
you need to ensure you stand out from the crowd.
How to shine during a group interview
arriving promptly to making sure you say thank you at the end of a group
interview, here’s our six top tips to help you shine…
- Arrive early: This will give you some time to adapt to your
surroundings. You can observe the office or building, get a feel for the
company’s culture, and also take some time to relax before the group interview
begins. It’s incredibly important that you feel comfortable and confident, so
giving yourself some time to let the nerves settle will work in your favour.
- Prepare to introduce
more than likely be asked to introduce yourself to the group, and it can be
quite an awkward question, and it can certainly put you on the spot if you’re
not expecting it. So, it’s always best to have something prepared to break the
ice, so you’re not left feeling on the spot and not making the most of this
opportunity to stand out. Make sure you include that one thing that makes you
different from everybody else to ensure your introduction is memorable.
- Get involved: Don’t be afraid to have
an input. Be bold, and be confident, and have belief in yourself and don’t be
afraid to give your opinion. But at the same time, be mindful not to speak over
anybody else, as it’s incredibly important that you can demonstrate your
ability to listen to others and make sure you take their opinions into
consideration. After all, your employer will be making sure you’re a team
player as well as someone who can work off their own initiative, so show them
that you can do both!
- Smile: Be approachable. One
of the main qualities an employer will be looking out for is the way you
interact with others, and how you are perceived by others. So, make sure that
you’re not dismissive of anybody else during the group interview. After all,
your smile is your logo so make sure you’re giving off the best impression at
- Ask brilliant
Although you may not know exactly what to expect when you turn up for the group
interview, you’ll know certain key information, such as the company you’re
applying to work for and what the role is. So, do your research and prepare
some brilliant questions. This will go a long way in showing that you’re
genuinely interested in the role and will give you some direct attention for a
- Remember to say thank
At the end of the group interview, make sure you thank your interviewer and
your fellow interviewees. This shows you are well-mannered and respectful and
will be greatly appreciated by the employer. Doing so might also spark a
conversation between you and the employer, allowing you to gain some one on one
time at the end of the interview, which other candidates may not get.
though group interviews can be scary, there are some things you can do
beforehand to help ease the process. So make sure you do your research, prepare
and have some brilliant questions to boot, and remember to keep calm – you’ve
only got one chance to shine, so make it count!
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