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How to Stand Out At a Group Interview

by Oubria Tronshaw, studioD

Group interviews require a different set of skills than one-on-one interviews, which is why they can be challenging for many job candidates. Whereas traditional interviews focus your work history, accomplishments and individual ability to do the job, group interviews highlight your ability to listen to others, multitask and contribute confidently to a team atmosphere. To stand out, you must be comfortable speaking in front of other people. If you're nervous, practice beforehand with a few family members or close friends.

Introduce Yourself

It sounds simple, but you can stand out in a group interview by introducing yourself to interviewers and your fellow interviewees. By greeting as many people as you can, the "powers that be" will hear your name repeated over and over. They’ll also get the chance to observe your excellent people skills as you work the room.

Compete by Not Competing

You’ve got to be a clever strategist in an open interview because trying to win outright by one-upping and out-talking your competition can turn off potential employers, advises Patrick Edmunds, a former hiring manager featured on Snagajob.com. Edmund advises finding a balance between assertive and being aggressive, to show interviewers how well you can function in a team setting. The key is to demonstrate your ability to express your own ideas -- while also letting others express their ideas -- without trying to steal the show.

Look Good

Dress your best for a group interview, recommends US News and World Report. You want your interviewers’ eyes to keep coming back to you, and you want them to like what you see. Of course you won’t get the job because of you snazzy threads alone, but once you knock them out with your brilliant answers, they’ll see you’re the total package.

Spontaneity Counts

You’ve got to be able to “think on your feet” if you want to nail a group interview, according to CareerBuilder. Other interviewees might say what you were going to say before you get a chance, but you can’t let that shut you down. To succeed in a group dynamic, you must follow the twists and turns of the conversation, and be ready to add intelligent, well-thought-out responses at any point.

About the Author

Oubria Tronshaw specializes in topics related to parenting and business. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chicago State University. She currently teaches English at Harper Community College in the Chicago area.

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