How to ace your group interview.
Group interviews are growing increasingly popular for graduate employers. Here is how to stand out from the crowd.
Why do employers use group interviews?
Employers can assess a larger number of people in a short space of time. They get to see you in an environment that is (slightly!) more natural than a one-to-one interview setting. They give them the opportunity to see your teamwork skills as well as leadership.
For you they allow you to go head-to-head with your competition!
Research, Research, Research
This is not exclusive to a group setting but all interviews. Anything you can find out about the company, the role, the people and even research their competitors. No doubt there will be people in the group who haven’t done their research so this is an opportunity for you to stand out from the rest.
It may feel awkward but you need to introduce yourself to your fellow interviewees, you will naturally perform better once you have familiarized yourself with the rest of the group.
You will no doubt have to address the group at some point with a formal introduction. This can take the form of an elevator pitch or an interesting fact. It’s really important to be memorable so be creative!
This can be the making or breaking of your success. People often make the mistake of “shouting the loudest” or talking for the sake of it. A key point made concisely with confidence will be a lot more effective than using filler.
Put your neck on the line by answering the question before anyone else does, this way you will have made your point before anybody else has made it.
Let other people speak
There will always be someone who is too keen and interrupts others when they are mid flow. This can be very irritating to the assessors. Let people finish what they have to say and show you are listening by addressing their point and elaborating your thoughts on this.
Less is more, like the last point don’t just talk to be heard, but if someone’s point of view sparks an idea don’t be afraid to tell them what you think, once they have finished of course!
Show them who you are
During group interviews there are usually a number of ice breaking tasks as well as team building games. These activities give you the perfect opportunity to show your personality.
Company culture is so important and the assessors will be looking for people who are going to fit. So relax and be yourself and let them decide if you are a fit for them.
Questions are a great tool to show your interest in the role. There is nothing worse than interview ending with “I think you have covered everything” when asked for questions.
A well thought out relevant question could be the difference here. Relating a question to something you have learnt that day can also be a great way to show you were listening.
But most of all, be yourself and try to enjoy it. Your real personality will shine through, giving you a much better chance of being successful.