There are two primary forms of group interviews; panel interviews with multiple interviewers and group interviews looking for candidate interaction.
Preparation for both forms of group interview can help you succeed in providing answers that will leave a positive impression.
If your group interview is focused around completing a team exercise. The primary purpose of most team exercises is to determine: Communication skills, interpersonal skills, persuasiveness, leadership capacity, and delegation ability.
In addition to these personal skill sets, group interviews may also be designed to assess innovation, stress tolerance levels and the ability for each individual to contribute to the greater success of the team.
During the exercise you will be observed and assessed on how you performed against each of these criteria. When the exercise is completed expect some debriefing questions. Below is a sampling of possible questions and suggested answers:
Sample Group Interview Questions and Answers
What contributed to the success of this team?
Interviewers are seeking candidates that can work well within a team, display leadership ability and the ability to self-examine their own strengths and weaknesses.
Refer to usage of available resources, the ability to effectively manage any potential obstacles encountered, team communication and initiative. Acknowledge contributions of each team member and focus on the approach the team used to accomplish the results.
How did you personally contribute to the team’s performance?
Interviewers are looking at whether or not the candidate contributed personally to the project as well as if they can clearly articulate their contribution.
Refer to your individual contributions to the team project, citing examples. Be sure to state any special or lead role you had in the team assignment. Articulate your points in a clear and concise manner. Interviewers are looking to weed out candidates who attempt to take credit for work that was completed by others, so remember to acknowledge the contribution of others where appropriate.
What aspects of the task did your team struggle to accomplish? What would you propose to do differently next time?
Interviewers are looking for candidates that can manage issues as they arise. It is also important that a candidate has the ability to self-assess an issue and propose a number of possible solutions.
Cite specific examples of anything that did not go precisely as planned, also noting how you and/or the team overcame them. Demonstrate your ability to navigate through challenges in a logical, organized fashion. Show that you not only have the ability to identify problems, but that you can also identify and utilize viable solutions.
Sample Panel Interview Questions
In addition to group interviews designed to review teamwork and group activities, panel interviews may be used to enable multiple individuals within an organization evaluate a candidate. Below are some sample group interview questions and suggested responses for panel interviews.
How would you describe yourself?
Interviewers are looking for something beyond the standard answer, or what is already listed on the candidate’s resume. For example, in some sales focused opportunities, interviewers are looking for whether a candidate has the confidence as well as sufficient empathy (ability to connect with others), as both qualities are underlying factors of sales success.
Show how your skill set relates to the job you are interviewing for. This is your opportunity to set yourself apart from other candidates. It is essential that you demonstrate your fit with the job opportunity and the organization, citing examples where possible to reinforce your answer.
What appeals to you about this opportunity?
In other words have you done your homework? They want to know that you have researched the organization and the opportunity.
Provide examples of why this opportunity and organization excite you. Refer to what you have learned through the interview process thus far that leads you to believe you are a strong match.
What qualities would you bring to this position and to this organization?
This question is designed to review your ability to self-evaluate. Can you clearly articulate your strengths and the value you would bring to the organization?
Refer to your skills and abilities and how you would apply them to this opportunity. Cite specific examples and avoid using general responses.
Group interviews can be tricky, you not only need to put your best self forward, but also prove that you have qualities which set you apart from the other candidates. You can only do this if you have thoroughly prepared in advance.
Originally posted 2016-09-06 18:01:58.