What do I do in a group interview for a job?
May 24, 2011 12:54 PM Subscribe
How do I handle being in a group interview for a job tomorrow? I understand that more and more employers are interviewing this way lately, and I've never been interviewed for a job this way before.
posted by JustDerek to Work & Money (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Interviewing has been a strong point for me when looking for jobs in the past, but I've only ever been interviewed one-on-one. The position I'm being considered for is to be a teller at one of the large, household-name banks.
How are group interviews structured differently from one-one-one job interviews? What is it that HR people are looking for in a group interview that they wouldn't see in a one-on-one context?
Is there a protocol, or etiquette, or rules of thumb that are particular to being in a group interview? Do you only speak when directly addressed/when it's your turn, or are they looking for you to engage the other people?
The only clue I have about group interviews is a radio story I heard recently that included a clip of people being interviewed to be customer service reps at a call center. The interviewer asked a question of one applicant, and then the others had to answer the same question in turn. The first person gave an answer that seemed like just the answer an employer would want to hear.
So if you're one of the next people, are they expecting you to expand on what the previous applicant(s) already said? If they have already given the answer that you would have given, are you marked down if you just say "I agree with ___, I would do the same, etc?"
Any guidance or info will be greatly appreciated!