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How to stand out in a group interview

How to stand out in a group interview

Companies often use group interviews to assess candidates in the early stages of the interview process. They’re different to traditional 1:1 interviews. They allow employers to assess many different hard and soft skills. But because you’re interviewing with lots of other people, you need to take a different approach. 

Follow our top group interview tips to make sure you make it through to the next round.

8 PROVEN ways to ace your group interview

Look the part

Looking the part is important for any interview. The interviewer should tell you what the dress code is. But if you’re ever in doubt, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. So be sure to put a great interview outfit together. It also helps to wear a pop of colour to help you be more memorable.

Don’t be shy

Group interviews are no place to be shy. This doesn’t mean you need to steal the limelight at every opportunity. You still need to allow space for other people to have their say. But just make your presence known and get involved as much as possible. If the hiring managers ask for volunteers, put yourself forward. The worst thing you can do is try to blend in.

Act like a leader

Group interviews are a fantastic opportunity for you to set yourself apart as a leader. Hiring managers often look out for candidates who show strong leadership ability. So be ready for any opportunity to lead the rest of the group during certain tasks.

Avoid groupthink

Groupthink is when a group of people fall into a pattern of thinking the same way or agreeing with each other. When this happens, it’s because people aren’t thinking critically or just want to please the rest of the group. But it’s important to always think critically and question your own methods to get the best outcome. 

Take notes

Throughout the group interview, you might receive presentations from the hiring managers. If this happens, be sure to note down any important details. You never know when these could come in handy later in the day.

Be a problem-solver

Don’t fall into the habit of just pointing out problems. If you’re going to point out a problem, be ready to follow it through with a solution.

Show teamwork skills

Teamwork is a big skill that gets assessed during group assessments. So be mindful of how you’re working with others. Make sure you listen to your team members and encourage them (even when things don’t go your way).

Be a mood lifter

Make sure you bring uplifting energy to the group interview. Group interviews can sometimes be a little awkward. And if it’s a full assessment day, it’s easy for energy levels to drop. Instead, make a conscious effort to bring bags of positive energy. Be the energy you want to attract!

Embrace the room

Group interviews can be daunting. But the best thing to do is embrace the day. Be yourself and let your confidence shine through. 

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