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How to Ace a Group Interview

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get ready to master group interviews by checking out this article. You can find tips on what to do before and during the interview to ensure you put your best foot forward.

Get Prepared

Walking into any interview unprepared can severely hamper your chances of getting the job you want, but this is especially true of group interviews. Because you will be facing multiple interviewers at the same time, you need to be prepared to deal with multiple personalities and to carefully manage your time. The following strategies can help you prepare:

Research Your Interviewers

Try to find out as much as you can about the individuals who will be conducting your interview. Figure out if there are any areas of common ground you can use to connect to your interviewers or any subjects that would be wisely avoided.

Summarize Yourself

You have a lot of people to impress all at the same time during a group interview, so make sure you have a solid grasp of what you want to say. Try to keep the focus on how you can benefit the company. Touch on what the company or organization needs and how you can fulfill those needs better than anyone else. Work on organizing your thoughts before you begin the interview, as you'll probably have a lot of ground to cover.

Go Over Strategies

You can find useful tips for mastering interviews with our course on preparing for your job interview. You'll find information about what to bring and how to sharpen your interview skills. This course on business communication offers more information about the communication in the business setting. Preparing your strategies before the interview can help you feel more comfortable and ready to face whatever questions are thrown at you.

Manage the Interview

The interview itself might seem very stressful, especially if you've never had a group interview before. But remember, the same interpersonal skills you use in other interviews will serve you well here. Try to relax and forge personal connections. Keep the following in mind as you interview:

Be Polite

Make sure you greet all of the interviewers. Shake their hands and make introductions so that you can learn everyone's name. Some interviews may include name cards. If not, either write down what you should call everyone or make the effort to remember, so that you can refer to them by name over the course of the interview.

Be Firm

If you're getting lots of tough questions, don't try to find the response that seems likely to make everyone happy, as it probably doesn't exist. Don't be rude, but be firm about playing up your strong points, even if it means acknowledging a weak point that some of your interviewers would rather avoid.

Address All Your Interviewers

Try to speak with all of the interviewers. If one interviewer is taking most of the time, try to work your way to speaking to someone else. Spend time with the interviewers who may be quiet and standing off to the side, they might have a larger part in hiring you than you realize.

Stay Focused

Don't forget why you're there. Try to keep the focus on how you can help the organization and why they should hire you. Make sure you don't allow the meeting to careen off course or allow the focus to stray to other subjects. Let your interviewers see how much of a benefit you would be for their organization.

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