How To Ace A Group Interview (Questions Included)

By Mike Simpson

It’s here! It’s finally here!

The day you’ve been waiting for forever – the day of your interview for your dream job with the company of your choice. Man, you’ve worked hard to get where you are right now.

You spent hours perfecting your resume and tailoring your cover letter.

You spent days agonizing over your interview wardrobe and spent three hours in the mirror perfecting your Windsor knot.

You’ve done your research on not only the company you want to work for, but the people who will be interviewing you.

You’re confident (but not cocky) and ready to tackle anything the interviewer throws your way – anything that is, except the dreaded group interview.

You walk into the room, fully prepared to walk out with a job offer, but nothing could prepare you for the fact that instead of meeting one on one with the hiring manager, you’re sitting down with five other candidates, five other equally bright and qualified job seekers – and they’ve all worked just as hard as you have to get where they are right now.

Oh…darn. So, how do you handle a situation like this?

First thing first, don’t panic. In fact, take a deep breath and relax a little bit. A group interview, once you know how to master it, is one of the easiest interviews to nail.

The goal is to make sure you stand out, for all the right reasons, and we’re here to help you figure out just what it will take to ensure that happens.

Of course, before you can sail through one, you need to know exactly what you’re walking into.

For that, we need to start with the basics…

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What Is A Group Interview?

Let’s start with what it’s not. A group interview is not a panel interview.group-vs-panel(1)

A panel interview is one in which you, the interviewee, are brought in to interview with a group of individuals from the company.

You are the sole focus of the interview and the interviewers spend the time asking you questions and getting to know you.

A panel interview might include potential coworkers and professional peers as well as managers and upper level individuals.

A group interview, on the other hand, is where you are interviewed alongside several other potential candidates for the same position.

But why?

Shouldn’t they know by now that I’m perfect for the job?

Why do they have to bring anybody else into this situation??

Why Are Group Interviews Used?

For several reasons.

First off, it saves time, and as we all know, time is money to busy hiring managers.

It’s also a great opportunity for them to see how you react.

Chances are, you’re being hired for a position where you are going to have to work with other people and the fastest way to see how adaptable you are and how well you can cooperate with others is to see it first hand before they’ve taken the risk and hired you.

It’s also cheaper to hire 10 people in one hour than spend ten hours interviewing each person individually. Like we said, time is money.

A lot of times group interviews are used for positions that include customer service components and interactions with large numbers of clients or the public.

They are also often used to find individuals to fill positions where there might be a number of current openings like sales teams.

Not only are you answering questions, you’re also demonstrating through your actions exactly what you’re going to be like to work with…which is why you need to be sure you’re more than ready to tackle this sort of interview in a professional way.

Group interview questions can cover not only the standard interview questions, but also include questions which require you to work in a team. Hiring managers want to see not only how you do on your own, but how you do when you’re paired up with those around you and how well you can work together.

  • Are you a team player or are you just looking for an opportunity to sabotage the other interviewees?
  • Are you a leader or are you a follower?
  • Can you problem solve with others or are you a part of the problem itself?
  • Are you comfortable taking directions from someone else or are you the one who has to constantly be in charge no matter what?