How to STAND OUT in a Group Interview (Part 1)

Simple Tips to Set Yourself

Apart in a Group Interview: Part 1

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Have you been to a group interview lately?


 

As you’ve probably noticed all over Craigslist, group interviews are becoming more common as employers seek to streamline the hiring process to reduce costs. 

Group interviews allow employers to compare and contrast job applicants, side by side.  By placing candidates next to one another, employers may observe their interpersonal and communication skills, how well they perform in stressful situations, and potential leadership ability.

A group interview may seem like a nerve-wracking experience, but you can actually use it to your advantage by following some simple strategies that will allow you to outshine the competition.  This week, we give you the first three (of six) tips to help you rock the group interview!


1.) Be Assertive, But Respectful


 

  • If a portion of the group interview involves a shared dialogue, make sure that your opinions are voiced, but be watchful that you don’t wander off into a long monologue and take up too much time.
  • Get your point across in a concise manner and open the floor to others.  Also, don’t interrupt your fellow candidates when they are speaking.  If you have a comment, write it down and ask to contribute only when the person is finished.

 


2.) Have The Answer Ready


 

Have the Answer Ready

  • When the interviewer asks a question, consider a couple of answers and write them down as you wait your turn to respond.  If another candidate provides the same answer you were thinking of, rather than saying, “I agree with Jane,” try to add value to the comment or use your second response. 
  • What if you are called on first?  This is actually in your best interest since you are able to provide a wide range of answers, each of which will be original. 

 


3.) Show Off Your Research


 

  • In preparation for every interview, you want to conduct research on the company in terms of its mission and values, products and services, new initiatives, and any market forces that directly impact the firm. 
  • Provide evidence of the research you have performed by contributing relevant comments and asking insightful questions.  Employers appreciate this effort and it will reflect favorably on your candidacy. 

Keep a look out next week for part 2 of iGrad's guide to standing out in a group interview!

Read the rest of guest-blogger Daniela Baker's work at CreditDonkey.Com.

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