How to Prepare for Group Interviews

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Group interviews can be extremely intimidating for any candidate. Once you have received your interview confirmation, your mind begins to swirl with questions. What type of group interview am I attending? How do I prepare? What do I wear? Where do I start? Take a deep breath!

A group interview can mean many different things. It can mean you and a panel of supervisors, a group of candidates with or without a panel or it can mean all of the above. You may not know what type of group interview you are attending; it never hurts to ask ahead of time.

Be sure to prepare for a group interview just as you would a one on one meeting (read the job description thoroughly; research the company, arrive on time etc). Here are a few keys areas you should pay special attention to when preparing for group interviews.

Keep Your Answers To Less Than a Minute

I know this sounds easier said than done however, when you are practicing your Q&A it’s very important not to ramble on. Believe me, I know you want to get as much information about yourself across to the interviewers. Keeping your answers to less than a minute especially, if you are in a room with other candidates will insure you are keeping the attention of the interviewers as well as showing you are prepared and confident.

Be A Leader

You won’t know until you get to the interview but, if you are presented with a group task, speak up and nominate yourself as the group’s spokesperson. This extra time in the spotlight will highlight your communication skills.

Stay Calm & Breathe

Practice, practice, practice your Q & A. If you get nervous easily this is the best solution. Even if you write down your answers and memorize them. Keep in mind; I don’t want you to sound like a robot, be yourself and include the best of your experiences. If you start to get nervous, don’t worry, you have practiced your answers; you will have one to fall back on if you need to.

Most of all be in the moment and enjoy the experience. You have been invited to interview for a reason, you are already half way there! Good Luck!

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  1. That is a key piece of advice you gave out there – if there are group speaking responsibilities, try your best to get them. It should be painfully obvious, I would think, but obviously isn’t.

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