Successfully completing a group interview requires preparation and confidence. This trend within human resources departments is increasingly common when it comes to recruiting employees; therefore, we would do well to train ourselves and try to capture or show in this decisive context a good part of our potential. Standing out from the crowd can be easy if we know the most appropriate strategies.
Let’s face it, if the task of looking for a job is sometimes as stressful as it is exhausting, in many cases you have to add one more element: job interviews. Some people already know all the guidelines and face them with motivation, confidence and optimism. Others, however, see these situations as a scenario of great anxiety because they consider that what is involved in this evaluation of their candidacy is unpredictable.
So, something that we know well from the human resources field is that there is no better advice than to limit ourselves to being ourselves. Highlighting but not exaggerating, showing confidence with a touch of charisma and, above all, unwinding ourselves with naturalness and personal safety are undoubtedly the most suitable success factors.
After all, each one of us is much more than a curriculum. More than our studies, titles and work experiences. Leaving our mark is what makes the difference when going through a process of selection of personnel. Therefore, training in a series of basic skills can allow us to successfully overcome a group work interview.
To successfully complete a group work interview, preparation is crucial.
How to successfully overcome a group job interview
Group job interviews have not replaced individual interviews. However, in recent years they are becoming more popular due to different events. The first, because it is an excellent way to see how a person develops in a group. In this way, we can appreciate communicative skills, interpersonal skills, decisive skills, leadership skills and reaction capacity, creativity, etc.
To this, in addition, we must add another element: companies save resources; especially, time. In addition, this modality allows candidates to be placed in real situations – or close to the real – to always see how they develop.
Leaving aside the variability between the sectors, the truth is that this mode of recruitment is being established in more and more labor scenarios. Also, when facing a group job interview it would be good to know that there are different modalities. They are the following.
Types of group work interviews
- Forum interviews. In this typology, the group must prepare a common theme where each member contributes its corresponding part. It is a dynamic that allows assessing communication skills, argumentation, non-verbal communication …
- Debate. In this case, and unlike the previous one, the candidate will assume a specific position that must be defended before the others.
- Brainstorming. This dynamic is as interesting as it is useful for any organization. In it each applicant must provide ideas, approaches, resolutions and useful concepts before each subject raised by the interviewer.
- Panel. This task is carried out in groups. Each participant must defend and know how to position themselves before an idea, focusing it from different points. Contributions and creativity are valued.
- Role playing. To successfully overcome a group work interview, it is essential to master this competition. Thus, the most common is that the interviewer puts us in a hypothetical case before which we must know how to react. The most recurrent is that they place us in situations of crisis, moments of difficulty where we must provide adequate personal strategies to deal with that situation.
- In basket. In this case, the applicant is placed in the most common situations that his position will require. It is the dynamic that best fits the technical knowledge of the work itself.
Basic keys to successfully overcome a group work interview
We have already seen the different types of group interviews to which they can submit us. Let’s see below the most common steps which we must take into account.
Preparation is key. For this, we will not only prepare ourselves emotionally and psychologically. But also, it is decisive that we consider what position we are going to aspire to and how is the company that performs the recruitment.
Consult the profile of the company on the network can give us an idea of its policy and philosophy. Likewise, we can also analyze the profile of the workers that the organization has.
Knowing this, we will devise a battery of possible questions that can be asked and prepare the answers.
Second, we will design the presentation of our curriculum. We will adjust it taking into account the position to which we aspire.
We will take care of our appearance. We will look for a formal image, with clothes that we feel comfortable with and that fit in turn with the profile of the company.
We will try to arrive before what was agreed in the interview.
Let’s prepare a brief introduction about ourselves.
It is key that we are accessible to all interview candidates. We will greet you, we will shake hands and from that moment we will include it within our focus of attention. We will avoid excluding someone, we will focus our attention on the small ecosystem of which we are now a part: those who adapt better to the rules that arise naturally or that prevail in that ecosystem will probably be hired.
We will speak with clarity and confidence when we have to intervene. We will respond, but we will also ask.
Basic dynamics that we will strengthen during the group interview
Confidence, security and openness These dimensions are essential to successfully address a group interview. We will avoid, in turn, aspects such as interrupting and not being inclusive with others, making use of intimidation or using unwise strategies to focus attention on us.
- We will participate actively trying always to contribute original things.
- We will show enthusiasm. That which can invade us by evoking the mental image that we have achieved the position.
- In turn, and not least, is preparing our own battery of questions for the interviewer.
- Questions about how many people will work in the department, interested in how the day to day or short, medium and long-term objectives of the company.