How to Pass a Group Interview

Use a group interview as an opportunity to demonstrate your leadership and communication skills.
Use a group interview as an opportunity to demonstrate your leadership and communication skills. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Conducting group interviews can be an economical and timesaving way for employers to interview a number of candidates for a position. Sometimes the group interview consists of a question and answer period after a presentation about the position to the candidates. The other format for a group interview is to have the candidates participate in a task that requires problem solving. This task may be related to the duties involved with the position.

Find out where and when the interview will take place to establish some level of comfort with the group interview process beforehand. If possible, find out how long the interview is expected to take. Discover all you can about the company and the position.

Learn the names and titles of the people on the search committee and find out who heads the committee. You will need this information during the interview and also afterward when you send your thank you letter.

Shake hands with each interview panel member as you enter the interview room. You may also take this opportunity to distribute your resume to each member. Thank the panel for the opportunity to interview for the position when the first question is asked.

Make eye contact with the person who asked the question and turn your head to include all the others on the panel. If you ask a question, direct the question at one particular panel member. Apply your knowledge to the task and to answer questions. Remember that the panel is interested in how much experience and expertise you will bring to the position.

Demonstrate your leadership qualities by communicating well with potential teammates and exuding confidence. Show that you know how to delegate responsibilities.

Shake hands with panel members at the end of the interview and tell them that you enjoyed the opportunity to interview and that you are looking forward to working with them. Send a thank you letter to the head of the interview committee.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take a breath if a stressful situation arises.
  • Ignore statements by other potential candidates who come across as too aggressive.
  • Try to make the final statement of the interview.
  • Avoid getting into one-on-one conversations with other interviewees.

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