Tips to Help You Stand Out in a Group Interview:
More and more often, hiring managers are using group interviews to screen out candidates who appear to not work well with others and/or value other members of a team. While the dynamic of a group interview can be challenging, it is still important that your best attributes and skill shine through. Companies want to hire someone who will complement the existing team; no disruptors allowed!
Go in Open Minded
No doubt this is different than anything you have experienced before, and, while it may seem uncomfortable and awkward, it is best to go in with an open mind. Be ready for whatever comes your way. You do not have to know all the answers, but this is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to work well with others as a team, problem solve, and willingness to try new things. This is your chance to shine.
As someone who is interviewing to be a part of a team, it is imperative that you come across as friendly and personable while working hard to get the job done. Do not pass up the chance to show your personality and your abilities. At the same time, take the time to listen to the ideas of others and let other candidates’ strengths shine. Praise their contributions and strengths. While this may seem counter intuitive in your quest to stand out, it shows you are a team player. In a group interview, it does not serve you well to be overbearing and aggressive. Highlight your ability to work well with others. By doing so, you will solidify that you are perfect for the position and demonstrate your commitment to making connections with the people with whom you will work.
While it is essential that you speak, share your ideas, and work hard to stand out. You do not want to be remembered for the wrong reasons. Someone who speaks over others or does not allow others their chance to share does not leave a good impression on hiring managers. Listening is key. Then, use the ideas of others to develop or strengthen your own. By doing so, you show that you value the other members of the team, and you will impress the hiring managers by your ability to think outside the box.
Again, it is important to appear confident, without being a know it all. Speak in clear, concise sentences. Speak loud enough so everyone can hear you. Compliment others when appropriate. Remember everyone at the interview is qualified and experienced, so always avoid coming across as condescending.
If you are gearing up for a group interview, it may serve you well to ask others who have worked with you for advice. Ask them about the areas in which you can improve to become a better team player. Listen to their feedback and use it to ensure you make the best impression in your group interview.