Jessica Tabinor group interview
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Read our top tips on how to stand out from the crowd in a group interview
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Businesses are utilising group interviews more than ever as a tool to differentiate candidates. As the job market is so competitive, hiring managers are wanting to see more of candidates, including their ability to work in teams and solve problems. Group interviews are a perfect way to evaluate this.
Not only are group interviews helpful to access if a candidate is right for the job, but they are also cost effective and time efficient. One of the biggest barriers when hiring is the cost and time lost to a company, if you can interview 5 candidates at once, this helps to reduce the time spent away from the hiring managers full-time job.
We conducted a Twitter poll last week and asked what type of interview you find more nerve-wracking. A staggering 56% of you said group interviews so we have put together our top tips on how to stand out from the crowd in a group interview.
Group interviews can be nerve-wracking, but it pays to be prepared for them…
Group interviews can be stressful, and it can be harder to fully show off your abilities. However, it’s important to remain calm and confident as these are the exact things the hiring manager will be looking out for. Keep your voice clear, level and smile!
It’s understandable that you will be in a competitive environment, so you will want to paint yourself in the best light possible. However, you must make sure you include everyone in the discussions. Repeating the same answer as another candidate won’t help you stand out. You must build on their answers, debating and adding your thoughts.
DON'T FORGET TO LISTEN
The accessors are not just watching to see what you say, they are monitoring how much you listen too. A fundamental element of teamwork is having the ability to listen to other people’s ideas and point of view.
Always be polite and make sure you don’t interrupt as that will make you look aggressive.
The assessors will be able to tell if you’re putting on an act. So, relax and be yourself! As long as you’re treating the other candidates how you would want to be treated, you will be on the right lines.
However, if there is something that you feel strongly about, don’t be afraid to rock the boat and put forward a solid argument.
BE AWARE OF YOUR BODY LANGUAGE
Body language can make all the difference. If you get it right you can appear alert, engaged and attentive. Get it wrong and you’ll look lethargic and lacking drive. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing as the interview progresses and showing that you’re comfortable. But don’t let your attitude compromise your posture.