11 Interview Tips for the Group Format
1. Dress comfortably in business-like attire. Unlike the one-on-one interview where the applicant is mostly seated, the group interview may take longer, require a lot of standing and sitting and also calls for some moving around. To be comfortable in your skin, wearing comfortable business attire and shoes is a must.
2. Interact with other applicants. Candidates are expected to interact with other applicants. In some cases, the interviewer will offer a scenario and invite comments from the group for a possible solution. Be sure to engage other applicants while respectfully displaying your level of knowledge.
3. Gear interactions based on the job for which you are interviewing. If interviewing for a supervisory position, make it a point of initiating contact with other candidates via an introduction. This demonstrates an outgoing personality that is not afraid to meet and greet others (an expectation of any supervisor). Conversely, if interviewing for a lower-rung position it is wise to primarily respond – rather than initiate – contact, unless you feel the setting requires you to initiate contact.
4. Body language matters. Smile, shake hands and make eye contact. This pertains to your interactions with the interviewers and your competition.
5. Modulate your tone of voice. Tone down a loud laugh and avoid a silly giggle. Your tone of voice should be sufficiently loud to be heard but not so loud as to drown out conversations. Most importantly: be sure that your voice sounds confident.
6. Actively listen to others’ answers. Do not be afraid to use body language to show your interest in another’s contributions. Avoid interrupting another applicant.
7. Make your answers brief and succinct. It is a common danger of the group setting to fall into a personal pattern of verbal repetition. Avoid this mistake at all costs.
8. Expect the element of surprise. The interviewer wants to know who can deal with it and who is thrown for a loop.