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Getting Through a Group Interview

Getting Through a Group Interview

Have you been through a group interview before?

Hamsa Ramesha

August 02, 2010

What to Expect in a Group Interview

The challenge of any interview is to figure out specifically which kind of employee the company is looking to hire. You should have an idea of the skills the position requires, based on the job description and preliminary conversations with the company. Are you applying for a leadership position? Or will you be part of a team? If you know what skills the position requires of you, focus on emphasizing those traits in the group interview.

Follow Up After

Following up after the interview is especially important for group interviews. You want to do everything you can to set yourself apart from the crowd! Don’t forget to send a thank you note to every single person who interviewed you, so make sure you’ve got the right names and contact information of everyone you interviewed with. In the note, it might be a good idea to remind them of something specific you said that was memorable or impressive, so they can tie a face to your name.

Take it Easy

Still worried about the group interview? Don’t be — it sounds more daunting than it is! Just treat it with the same sense of precaution and preparedness you would with a one-on-one interview. Employers are still looking for the most qualified candidates who best fit their company. If you do your research, come prepared, look professional, and answer the questions well, you’ve done all you can. If you don’t get the position, ask for feedback. Find out where you could have improved and learn from your mistakes. At the very least, the employer will be impressed with your request, and they may just keep you in mind for the next position that opens up!


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    greagan

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Useful info. I recall sitting in the middle of 35 - 40 people during an interview. This wasn't a panel - it was a virtual mob scene. Everyone was randomly firing qustions at me. Finally resorted to using group facilittion skills in an attempt to get things to flow in a less haphazard manner.

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    tuckerjoe

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    While what you state in this article is nice, it doesn't work. I recently was included in a group interview and, while I didn't dominate the room, I was the only outspoken, confident individual in the room who encouraged dialogue with others and still didn't get the job.

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