Group Interviews

a group of students waiting for an interview

Frequently, a prospective employer uses a group interview to evaluate how each of the individual candidates interacts with and communicates with one another.  It is common that a group interview may involve a work-simulation or problem-solving activity.  In this format, the interviewers are looking for a strong candidate who knows how to work well with others, communicate effectively, and behave properly and competently in a work environment.

  • Pay attention to your non-verbal cues and make sure that you neither take over the conversation or back away from participating.
  • Communicate your thoughts about the problem at hand, and demonstrate your problem-solving and teamwork abilities.
  • Avoid obvious power conflicts as these will make you appear uncooperative and unprofessional.
  • Give praise when possible and acknowledge valuable contributions from other candidates.
  • Avoid comparing yourself to the person sitting next to you. Leave that job to the interviewers; it's enough for you to concentrate on doing your best.