Post # 1
How do they go? Any tips for handling a group interview?
I just got a phone call from a property management company. I had applied for a leasing consultant position at one of their apartment complexes.
They want me to come in for a group interview on Thursday. I will apparently be interviewed with 8-10 other people.
Not to toot my own horn but solo interviews, I do well in. I always interview well but…I’ve never done a group interview.
And I’m nervous. What’s making me even more nervous is that I’m hard of hearing. I don’t know if that’s going to negatively affect my interview. Like if the interviewer asks me a question from far away at the other end of the room or something.
So please, tell me your group interview experiences. What is the process usually like?
Post # 3
I’ve been in many group interviews. I’ve been interviewed by a group of people which is basically them each taking turns asking me questions.
As far as being in a group interview where you and other people are being interviewed… the way that happened for me was the interviewer asked the question and randomly called on each person to answer the question. We all answered the same questions and we were called on randomly. It is hard because I sometimes had the same answer and another person before me or vice versa. I didn’t care much for it but it was helpful shaking the nerves because I wasn’t the only one in there.
Post # 4
I went to a group interview and they had us work on a group project together and walked around while we were doing it – they wanted to see how you interact with others and if you’re naturally a leader (or not). Afterwards we presented our results and had a discussion about the whole process. I think the key is to show that you can work well with others and not to be the extreme side of any issues or the one causing disputes or putting other teammembers at odds. Also, don’t let yourself get forgotten about if there’s someone else in your interview that is a really forceful “look at me” sort of talker, but don’t be rude about it either. The group interview dynamic is tough to navigate, but if you’re a good one-on-one interviewer you should be fine.
Post # 5
What you both described sounds like my worst nightmare when it comes to interviews. I’m not naturally outgoing but I can fake it if I need to. I’m not a natural leader though…but does this job really call for a leader type position? Oh well. I’ll do the best I can, at any rate.
But creative answers, I think I can handle that one.