7 Group Interview Tips
Employers use group interviews to meet several potential employees at once. This comparative approach helps to immediately filter out the okay candidates from the outstanding ones.
In addition to following the basic steps of how to prepare for a job interview, follow these 7 group interview tips to help ensure that you are the candidate standing out from the crowd and sticking in your future employer’s memory.
1. Give unique personal details.
One of the best ways to stand out in a group interview is to share personal details that emphasize your capabilities and passions.
Often in a group interview, everyone will be asked to give a brief introductory biography. Make sure you prepare this in advance so you can highlight relevant experiences and unique aspects that make you a great fit for the job. And, of course, be prepared to answer other common job interview questions.
2. Let your voice be heard.
It can be tough to stand out in group interviews where you aren’t given a lot of individual time to talk. That’s why you need to speak up when you get the chance.
For example, if they ask if anyone has questions, make sure you have some prepared! Asking insightful questions and letting your voice be heard will make you more memorable than if you just sit quietly.
3. Show off your social skills.
Often there will be downtime before the interview starts while you’re waiting for everyone to arrive. Rather than sitting quietly, get to know your fellow candidates. Yes, it can feel like you’re fraternizing with the enemy, but chatting up your fellow interviewees can actually make a good impression on interviewers who might be watching. Employers love employees who communicate well with others – so don’t be shy!
4. Dress to impress.
Your qualifications and personality are more important to getting the job than your appearance, but dressing for success for a job interview can make a difference, especially in group interviews. Basic tips aside (i.e. wear something appropriately professional, no chewing gum), it can help to wear something eye-catching to stand out from the dark-suit crowd in a group interview.
This definitely does not mean that you have to show up looking like Lady Gaga! Try something like a red scarf or tie, which is eye-catching in a subtle way.
5. Bring your documents.
Just like on any interview, it’s important to bring all necessary documents for group interviews. Bring a copy of your resume (and make sure your resume looks great!), reference letters, and any other papers they might ask for. You don’t want to be caught off guard, especially in a group interview where you have to work harder to make a great impression.
6. Arrive early.
This group interview tip is also essential to making sure you don’t stand out from the crowd in a bad way! You do not want to arrive late and have to slink into the room after the interview is already under way – embarrassing and unprofessional!
By showing up early, you also have the chance to compose yourself, show off your social skills (see tip #3!), and possibly even get some individual chat time in with the interviewer.
7. Don’t forget to send a thank you note!
As with any job interview, sending a thank-you letter after the group interview is done is another great tip to follow.
Did you find these tips helpful? Have some of your own you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!