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How are group interviews different?

Group interviews have the same objectives as one-on-one interviews, so you should approach them with same positive attitude and preparation.

As with one-on-one interviews, you’ll be judged on your appearance, your communication skills and your interest level.

There are two basic types of group interviews, ‘candidate’ and ‘panel’:

Candidate groups

In a candidate group you will be interviewed along with other people applying to work in that company. In many cases, these people will have applied for the same position as you.

What can I do to stand out?

  1. Keep an ear out
    During a candidate group interview, it is likely that you will be asked to listen to information about the company and the position. You may be asked to answer questions or participate in group exercises so be sure to keep listening throughout.

  2. Step up and be heard
    While participating in group exercises, it is better to lead than to follow. Interviewers want to see a strong candidate who knows how to work well with others in a work environment.



Panel groups

In a panel group interview, you will be interviewed individually by a panel of two or more people.

What can I do to stand out?

  1. First impressions count
    On meeting, greet all of your interviewers individually. Make eye contact, say hello and shake hands.

  2. Share the love
    When conversing with the group of interviewers, it's best not to focus on any one individual. Make an effort to be engaged with everyone in the group when you are answering questions.

  3. Show them what you can do
    WA panel group interview usually takes the form of a question and answer session, but you may be asked to participate in some type of test or exercise related to your potential job. Embrace it! See this as an opportunity to show off your skills.

 

Send a thank you

Follow up after a group interview the same way you would after a one-on-one interview. If you were interviewed by a panel, don’t send an email to everyone, just the leader. Ensure you get their name correct.

In the email, you could remind them of something you said and something they said in the interview. This will help them to remember you and show you were paying attention.

Whatever the type of interview, with a little practise, you’ll become more confident. If you don’t get the job, ask for feedback so you can find out where you need to improve.

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Follow up after a group interview the same way you would after a one-on-one interview.


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