We've already explained what a group job interview is. Here are some great group interview tips that will go a long way to improving your performance in group interviews.
We mentioned that during group interview exercises, interviewers often wander around the room, listen to conversations and observe behavior. Sometimes they will ask questions, make a statement or take notes.
Although they are observing the group, it's individual performance they are interested in, so you must make a good impression.
Interviewers want to know:
In addition, the interviewers might be interested in seeing who takes charge and how effectively he or she delegates tasks to others. How individuals react to the leader is also very revealing.
They will be interested to know if the leader:
During group interview exercises, it is better to be one of the leaders than one of the followers and most people recognize this. But don't get yourself involved in a battle of wills to get elected as leader as this can get ugly and you won't score points
If you want to lead and have the chance to express an interest and state your case, do so, but be gracious if you're not chosen. And don't sabotage the leader's performance in protest - this is not The Apprentice!
If you are not a nature leader, that's ok. With half the group wanting to lead you won't be forced to. But you must be an active participant as a minimum. Don't simply observe and say nothing.
Because you can't predict what exercises you'll be given it's less easy to prepare than for a regular job interview. But there are things you can do to improve your performance in these type of situations and here are some group interview tips:
Follow these group interview tips and your group job interview experience will be a positive one. You'll come across as mature, confident and professionally and personally competent.