A group interview, sometimes called a panel interview, is more stressful and challenging than a one-on-one job interview.
Once we examine the reasons for this interview format, your jitters should quickly subside. I'll share with you some excellent panel interview techniques that have paid dividends for many job seekers.
Let's examine each of these reasons more closely. A hiring decision is always a group decision. No one person--regardless of their title--is the one and only decision maker.
Basically because no one wants to hire a turkey.
Bringing someone into the fold is a big decision...and...it's an emotional decision. People hire people they like. Whenever our emotions are involved in a decision, we can easily get into trouble simply because we are less objective.The same principle applies to you sitting in the interview hot seat.
I wish I had a dollar for every job seeker who told me after their interview: I would enjoy working there because I really like the manager.
What about the stress part?
Some employers look beyond the convenience of a group interview and see it as an opportunity to put you under some stress. The way they do this is by asking you tough interview questions in the form of situational interview questions and behavioral interview questions.
If you don't know what's coming, you're going to look like a deer in the headlights. If you prepare well, you'll do just fine in your job interview.
One of the managers just sat their stone-faced the entire interview.
He never asked one question, never smiled....not even a grunt.
My candidate even considered taking the manager's pulse just to make sure he hadn't died during their interview.
Despite Mr Flintstone's lifeless demeanor, this job seeker politely answered all the of the interview questions and occasionally made eye contact with Fred.
As it turns out, this courtesy didn't go unnoticed and my candidate was offered the position. You see, Mr Flintstone was actually an executive from their world headquarters who just wanted to sit in on the interview.
Even though this job seeker wouldn't be interfacing with him thereafter, Fred had veto power over the hiring manager's decision...a good reason not to prejudge an opportunity until you have all the facts.
If you can't pass my my job interview skills quiz you simply are not ready for your interview.