Even under the best circumstances, job interviews can be intimidating. But the group interview -- where you are grilled by a team of potential new colleagues -- ratchets up the tension.
Sometimes companies round up all the interviewers at once for the sake of efficiency. But the company may also want to assess how you perform in a group.
It's About Teamwork
"It's sort of to see if you would play well with others on this team," said Libby Pannwitt, a career counselor and principal of Work Life Design Group in San Carlos, California.
A group interview may be very formal, with a scripted set of questions. Or it could be simply a conversation between the candidate and the others in the room. Many interviews are in between these extremes, with both structured interview questions and casual conversation.
Before any interview, of course, you should research the company and the job description and consider how your experience could help the company. But a group interview calls for some extra interview skills in order to make the best impression.
Skills for Your Success
Finally, remember the good news. If you're being interviewed by lots of people at a company, it probably means you're a finalist for the job. And since interviews are a two-way street, a group interview also offers you insight into what it would be like working in this group. "You have a window looking in at how they'll work together," Pannwitt says.