The first thing you need to ask yourself is why? Why do companies have group interviews? So have a think. Have you ever been to a group interview? If you have then what did you do?
The main purpose of a group interview is to interview on ‘mass’, interview more than one person. This could range from 6 – 60 people in one interview. This amount is a rough estimate but basically there will be quite a few people attending. Time and money can be a key factor for companies to hold group interviews, especially if they are recruiting for a new site or for a large number of workers. This is due to the fact that everyone and everything has a monetary value; especially when it comes down to a business. And everybody’s’ time is valuable.
I mentioned filtering earlier; this could also be used for other reasons. Group interviews could also be used to filter out people before a one to one or panel interview. This is usually called stages; you may have to go through stages to get to the final interview.
You may not know beforehand that your interview is a group interview, so after reading this section you will be prepared.
25 Points To Consider Within A Group Interview
- How do you communicate
- Your personality
- Positive and negative body language
- The way in which you work
- How are you with other people
- Are you a team player
- Are you tolerant of others
- Do you listen to other views
- Can you lead a team
- Can you motivate a team
- Are you able to support others
- Can you follow instructions
- Are you aware of basic health and safety
- Are you aware of equality and diversity
- Can you facilitate a group of people
- Are you able to delegate tasks
- Are you considerate to others
- How do you interact others
- Can you work as a team to solve problems
- How organised are you
- Do you prioritise and plan effectively
- Can you handle stressful situations
- Are you influential
- Do you show respect to different points of view
- Are you laid back, let somebody else do the work
The employer may have different ideas on why they are holding a group interview; they may be looking for a specific talent or ability.
Remember, they are looking at ways to get RID of you. NOT why they should keep you!
Author: How to get on the employment ladder.