Jen Ray, PHR | ,| By
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!
How to Prepare for Group Interviews
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!