Who has had the privilege of taking part in a group interview? For those of you who have been there and done it, you know why people dread it the words ‘group’ and ‘interview’. Having a one to one interview can be bad enough, let alone when there’s a group of you all in the same room competing for that one job.
Group interviews are undertaken in order to reveal not only your skills, but how you operate in a team. Thousands of people have ‘a good team player’ under attributes on their CV, so this is done to see if it’s true or a big fat lie. With the hot topic of ‘cultural fit’ throughout all workplaces, HR staff and employers are turning to this option in order to source a candidate who will slot in well with the existing team and become a true team player. The biggest fear of most companies is hiring a snake who will destroy the nice balance within the office.
When it comes to acing the group interview, there are a few things you need to be prepared for (as always preparation is key). There is a fine line between a know it all and a quiet little mouse who is too scared to speak in front of others. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the interview; it’s about thinking on your feet and how you respond to certain situations and scenarios.
Be sure to fight to the very end. Do not admit early defeat if the thought of having to stand in front of a group of strangers makes you want to run to the hills. Use this opportunity as practice in public speaking, be confident in your experience and what you have to say, and remember, you may never have to see these people ever again – only the employer of course if you get the job.
Make sure you are prepared for this unexpected form of interview. We have spoken before about the questions that may catch you off guard during a one to one, now you have to know the about the impromptu group activities that may get forced upon you. Talk to people beforehand. Ask if someone you know, knows of someone who works at the company you are interviewing for. They may be able to offer great help and advice.
Just like any other interview, be prepared, be confident and be yourself. The employer is looking to discover who you are, and if you are going to be a good fit in the company both professionally and on a personal level. Share with us your stories of group interviews – we would love to hear from you!