Preparing for a Group Interview

If you ever have the chance to attend a group interview, how would you prepare for this exciting challenge? Do you know how to maximise your chance to succeed?

In a group interview, a group of candidates are invited to join the same interview. It is challenging because candidates have to perform well in a group setting where the interviewers and a group of interviewees are present. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you have to act appropriately to capture attention.

Overhead View Of Businesspeople Seated In Circle At Company Seminar

Why group interview?
Group interview is used when:

  • a position is very popular and applicants have similar profiles such as fresh graduates with no or limited experience
  • a strong candidate who can work well and competently in a teamwork environment is required

What happens in a group interview?
A typical group interview will include the following sessions:

  • Presentation on the company and position by the interviewers
  • Self-introduction by each candidate
  • Candidates may be formed into teams to conduct a group activity or discussion. Tasks may include problem solving, decision making or expressing ideas on a special topic. Each team then presents their results to the whole group.
  • Individual tasks may be assigned and candidates are required to work individually on the solution.
  • Q&A session

What employers look for?
Through group activities, interviewers observe how candidates interact with each other. As a result, they can identify the following abilities that can hardly be seen in other types of interview:

  • Teamwork skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to listen and give constructive feedback

Tips for group interviews
To succeed in a group interview, you have to do all the interview preparations such as research the company and prepare interview questions. Also, you need to pay special attention to the tips below:

  • Be polite throughout the process.
  • Present yourself as an active participant rather than an observer.
  • Share your opinions clearly and sincerely.
  • Be confident but not aggressive.
  • Never dominate the conversation and don’t interrupt others.
  • Listen to others carefully.
  • Stay calm even when being criticised.
  • Don’t focus on any individual. Try to engage everyone in the group when speaking.
  • With many candidates trying to contribute ideas, someone may make your point first. In this case, try to further elaborate the idea.
  • Mind your body language such as volume of voice, facial expression, eye contact, posture.
  • Prepare meaningful questions to ask during the Q&A session. Insightful questions will help you get noticed.

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