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.
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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