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Group Interview

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In a group interview, you'll gather with other job candidates to be interviewed simultaneously.

A group interview provides the company with a sense of your leadership potential and style, and how you interact with your peers.

For example, are you timid or bossy? Are you attentive? Do you seek attention? Do others turn to you instinctively or do you compete for authority? Must you demand respect or do you command it by nature?

During a group interview, the lead interviewer might call on you to discuss an issue with the other candidates, form a team from among other candidates to solve a problem collectively, or discuss your particular qualifications in front of all the other candidates.

A group interviewer might also try to reveal your power of persuasion through exercises or discussion.

For example, do you use argumentation and careful reasoning to gain the support of your peers or do you divide and conquer?

This environment might seem overwhelming or hard to control. But there are a few tips that will help you navigate the group interview successfully:

  • Observe to determine the dynamics the interviewer establishes and try to figure out the rules of the game. If you are unsure of what is expected from you, ask for clarification.
  • Treat others with respect, while exerting influence over them.
  • Avoid overt power conflicts, which will make you look uncooperative and immature.
  • Keep an eye on your interviewer throughout the process, so that you don't miss important cues.
  • Send a thank you note to each of your group interviewers.

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For sample interview questions and tips for navigating other interview types not listed above (such as technical interviews), start at Interviews.

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