Congratulations! You’ve just been asked to participate in a group interview for your dream job! Here are some tips and strategies to help you be the best in this situation.
Do Your Research
Familiarize yourself with the history and mission/vision statements of the company. Come up with at least one good question to ask your potential employers based on your research. Employers want to know that you are actually interested in the company. Being passionate is even better!
Update Your Resume
Make sure your resume is up-to-date and tailor it to the position for which you are applying. It is important that your relevant skills, education, and experience are showcased prominently on your resume. Also, make sure you bring enough copies; if multiple people interview you, you should give each interviewer a copy of your resume. Also keep a copy for yourself (more on this later).
Dress for Success
You can’t go wrong with professional dress attire. Even if the interviewer is wearing athletic clothing or a uniform, it always sends a positive message to dress professionally. Check out the pictures below for some basic ideas:
Group interviews can be fairly intimidating. Not only are you being asked various challenging questions from your potential employer(s), but you also get to see how your answers stack against the other interviewees. But here’s a secret: you really don’t need to listen too much to what the other interviewees are saying. Instead focus on coming up with your best answer to each question based on your experience. Try to set yourself apart from the other candidates.
This is where having a copy of your resume on hand helps tremendously. It’s easy to get nervous and forget what you were going to say. Take a quick glance at your resume to jog your memory and then speak confidently.
When answering questions, keep your answers brief, ideally no more than thirty seconds. By all means, detail your relevant experience and skill sets, but this isn’t the time tell long-winded stories. Nobody wants this group interview to take more than one hour.
So, do your research, update your resume, dress for success, and nail the group interview. You got this; don’t forget to be awesome!
Miriam Boyken is a third-year graduate student at Indiana University. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Kinesiology with emphases in Applied Sport Science and Physical Activity, Fitness, & Wellness. She recently started her own personal training business and hopes to grow it by leaps and bounds after she graduates in 2016. She is also happily married and enjoys distance running.
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