In today’s job market, group interviews have become increasingly popular among employers. A group interview is when an employee or team of employees interviews multiple candidates at the same time. As opposed to conducting individual interviews, interviewing a group of candidates has many advantages for employers. First, because employees can see all potential candidates during one event, it can reduce the time needed to conduct interviews. Next, it allows employees to better benchmark a group of candidates, minimizing the risk of making a bad hire. And lastly, it allows employers to see how each individual candidate really behaves and how well they perform when put on the spot in a stressful work-related situation.
Treat the assessment as an important part of the interview process as only chosen candidates will be invited to the next interview stage.
Arrive early at the interview. The last thing you want is to be stressed because you’re running late.
Plan an introduction. Have a few lines prepared about yourself, so you sound confident and are seen in the best light.
Stay focused throughout the interview and listen carefully about the task you are being asked to complete.
Make sure you stand out from the crowd. Remember, there will be assessors watching during the group exercise and commenting on each individual’s performance.
Bring a watch. There is usually a time limit on the group exercise and that time should be spread efficiently on all the parts of the task.
Show your leadership skills. Employers want candidates who are natural leaders with excellent communication skills and great ideas. People who can take initiative and encourage others to go with their idea, but not fight with anybody.
Actively listen to other group members and try to develop the best ideas. If you stay quiet, not involved and don’t contribute enough, you will not be remembered. And, you will diminish the chance of progressing to the next interview stage because the assessors will have nothing to assess regarding you and your performance.
Although they can seem nerve-wracking at first, group interviews are an opportunity to demonstrate skills you may not otherwise have a chance to share in a traditional interview setting. So be positive, prepared and focused and you may just win the day.
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