Win your job. DOs and DON’Ts for your next group interview.


The interviewing process can be quite intimidating, especially if you are looking at a potential group interview. Sometimes prospective job seekers allow themselves to become rather overwhelmed from the idea of having to interview in front of not only potential employers, but other candidates as well. But don’t worry – there are many ways to conquer the intimidation of a group interview.

Group Interview DOs

1. Researching the Company

The most important thing that you can do before a group interview is research the company that you are applying for. You will want to learn about how they conduct business, if they’re involved with any philanthropy projects, and even how they conduct group interviews. The majority of companies that use the group aspect instead of one-on-one interviews are generally large scale businesses, therefore you should be able to find an abundance of information about them. It is important to do the research because you won’t want to be caught off-guard by the entire process.

2. Dressing Smart

Regardless of the position that you are applying for, there are many different components of your outfit that you will want to make sure look professional and clean. Stick to traditional business attire. For men, this means a dress shirt, tie, and suit pants. For women, consider a pant suit or a nice blouse with an appropriate skirt. You won’t want to dress to fancy or not professional enough as it could be rather risky.

3. Being Attentive Immediately

This aspect pertains to one-on-one interviews as well – remember that you are always being examined, especially when you first enter the room. You will want to be attentive and courteous to the other people around you. This includes holding any doors, or offering your seat to someone who may not have one. Employers are looking for great team players so make sure that you effectively show that you can work well with others.

Group Interview DON’Ts

1. Leaving Your Phone On

Having your phone on during an interview is an extremely bad idea, even if your phone is on silent. There have been numerous instances where interviewees have forgotten to turn off their afternoon alarm or their “Silent” button didn’t work. You won’t want to be embarrassed by a text message from a friend or family member asking you how the interview went while the interviewer is talking.

2. Looking Out For Number 1

Although it may be tempting to focus on yourself and only look out for number 1, it is important to remember that you are being critiqued on how well you work with others. With that being said, make sure that if you are given a group task that you encourage the other people in your group and you cooperate with them.

3. Follow the Leader

You will want to be a team player, but not too much of a team player that it seems like you are always following the leader of the group. When asked a question, try to refrain from answers that the person beside you had said earlier. Remember what your positive traits are and how you can be unique!

Finally remember that preparing yourself to face a challenge is one of the key factor for success. Following a tailored strategy to achieve an objective could make the difference between a victory and a missed opportunity.

So find a target, plan a strategy and don’t miss chances anymore!

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