So you’ve impressed with your CV and landed a job interview, but before you get a chance to celebrate you discover the interview won’t be one-on-one, but in a group. What to do? Firstly, don’t panic, because this is just another chance to show off how great you are. However, it’s so easy to go wrong when assertiveness turns you into a shouty applicant the assessors immediately strike from the list.

Most companies use group interviews as an initial screening process to select the candidates they want to interview one-on-one so it’s essential you’re prepared. The most important thing to remember is that during a group interview the employer is looking at how you interact with the other candidates, but there’s no right or wrong way to do so, it just depends on the role they’re looking to fill.

Andrea Jones is a resourcing business partner for Telefonicá UK and regularly uses group interviews to recruit new staff. She took time out of her busy schedule to chat to us about what employers are looking for, why they choose group interviews and what you can do to stand a chance of progressing to the next stage.

Almost every assessment day has a group exercise We love group exercises as its a great way for us to see how you interact with others how you solve problems and how you work as part of a team

“Your role in the group task is to support the team in completing the task in the given time; the task could be anything from discussing a particular topic, analysing a business case study or even something as crazy as building a house out of spaghetti!”

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“We know it sounds daunting but don’t let it scare you! This is a chance for you to let your personality shine through, its chance for you to showcase what a great team player you are.”

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Photo Credit: Wonderlane (Creative Commons)

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