Top 10 Group Interview Tips
Posted October 13, 2011, by Davide Crisante
Before reading this quick list of tips, check out our article on how to succeed in group interviews!
1. Do your research
- Before the interview, research the company and find out how it runs group interviews – you don't want to be caught with your pants down.
2. Dress the part
- Dress in smart business clothes – dressing down or wearing something overly fancy is risky.
3. Early is on time
- Arrive early to suss out the competition and show you're keen – if you get there late you will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
4. You're on
- Be courteous and attentive as soon as you arrive – don't forget you're being observed from the minute you walk into the room.
5. No distractions
- Turn your phone off – just imagine all those eyes staring at you. You'll want to crawl into a hole if it rings and everyone stares at you.
6. Turn up the charm
- During group activities be cooperative, attentive and encouraging – sulking or bossing people around is a big no-no.
7. Class participation
- Participate wherever possible and put your hand up to answer questions – don't be shy; you will probably never see the other applicants again so if you make a fool of yourself, who cares?
8. Don't be a wallflower
- In a group interview setting, you don't have to worry too much about hogging the interviewer's time, so don't be afraid to stand out! Talk about your attributes – going along with the crowd is suicide in a group interview.
9. Ask questions
- Develop a rapport with the interviewer by asking questions – but steer clear of aggressive questions about pay or overtime.
10. Be you
- Relax! Let your personality shine through – the interviewer wants someone who can fit in, not a worry-wart or stress head.