If you haven’t had one already and you are thinking about getting back into the job market, sit down, strap in and enjoy the ride! Let’s get one thing straight, the concept of attending a group interview can make your knees buckle, it’s the way of the future though team so I am afraid they are here to stay.
Large companies have been doing it for years, your big department stores for example. I tell you, group interviews have merit. The job market is pretty tight now, there are more and more skilled and experienced workers out there – getting your hands on your ideal job can be like diving for that delicious egg and cream Mackintosh at the Santa Parade lolly scramble… only to have the more dominating big kid next to you, body slam it and devour it in front of your eyes.
Why group interview, from the Employers perspective? There are a couple of reasons.
- Group interviews reduce the time it takes to individually interview candidates.
- Group interviews allow for recruiters to meet more potential employees, reducing the margin of error from shortlisting by CV only.
- Group interviews are great when filling more than one role, particularly when you are putting together a new team.
- And, they show if you have got what it takes to get along with others. One of the key skills employers are looking for is that good old ‘ability to relate to others’, it really is 101.
The first impression is your only impression, here’s Goal Digger’s tips to survive and thrive!
THE INTERVIEW STARTS AS SOON AS YOU WALK IN THE DOOR
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you should quietly and patiently wait for the facilitator to get things started. You are already sitting the test…
Interact with others, introduce yourself, make some friends. Group interviews can actually be fun and a lot less intimidating than being grilled on your own. Likely, you will be being observed on how you can make yourself and others feel comfortable, the likelihood of you being a team player.
BE SEEN AND HEARD, BUT INCLUDE OTHERS
The best candidates in group interviews are those that interact with others. If there is a way to include your peers in your responses or discussion, do it! It is important that you don’t railroad the discussion to be all about you.
Build off other candidates ideas, acknowledge what others are saying and doing. If you notice that someone is struggling with the group interview, help them out, incorporate them, i.e. “Is that what your experience was like Jonny?”.
SPEAK, BUT NOT JUST FOR THE SAKE OF BEING NOTICED
One of the biggest mistakes people in group interviews often make is, they feel like they won’t be remembered if they don’t make a big contribution to the discussion. Think about what you are going to say before you say it. Quickly ask yourself, does this add any value? Am I going to interject with something completely irrelevant and appear like a complete twit with a bad case of FOMO? Keep your speech in balance and in check. Ensure what you do say, has purpose.
On that note:
One of the best things you can do is show respect for the people you are with. Listening also means you are engaged and you won’t have to worry so much about the FOMO ‘verbal trots’. If you come up with ideas whilst others are talking, it is appropriate to take down a quick note for later.
TOO MANY CHIEFS AND NOT ENOUGH INDIANS?
Often you will be asked to do activities or solve problems as a team. You are being tested for where you fit within the team. You don’t know what the recruiters are looking for so here is our easiest tip of the day, BE YOURSELF! Don’t try to be the dominating task master if you are more comfortable responding to direction and playing your set role in the team, then do that. Not everyone is an idea person, just the same as we are not all doers.
Don’t be afraid of the dreaded group interview. Enjoy yourself and show your true personality without the added pressure of being questioned one-on-one. Relax and remember all of the key tick boxes for all interviews. Presentation, punctuality, personality, think before you speak, thank you and follow up…
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