There may be instances where a group interview is the best course of action, however, group interviews can be tricky.  Not only can they be difficult for the company, but they can cause apprehension and many top talent candidates to decline.

Before you consider conducting a group interview, here are a few tips to help you determine if a group interview is best and how to conduct it:

  • Once you determine you will conduct a group interview, let the candidate know immediately. Many candidates find group interviews intimidating; therefore, it is best to let them know why you have chosen to do a group interview.  This may help ease their fears.
  • The most important part of a group interview is planning. Make sure that all involved in the interview get together before hand to discuss the format, who will ask questions, etc.  Being unprepared in a group interview can be dangerous.
  • Make sure that you introduce the interviewers to the candidates before the interview. Explain their role in the company, and any other information you feel important.  This will help the job candidate feel at ease, and allow them to do their research before the interview.
  • Always start the interview by allowing the candidate to introduce themselves. Allow them time to address the group, get comfortable, and be ready for the interview.
  • Part of the group preparation is determining what questions will be asked and who will ask them. If you allow all interviewers to ask questions, make sure you determine how many follow up questions will be allowed.  This will ensure a smooth interview session.
  • Make sure that all interviewers take notes on every candidate. This will come in handy when the interviews are complete, and you can discuss and review notes to make your decision.

While group interviewing is not as common any longer, it still has a purpose in some situations.  Determine if this is the right course of action for your group, and follow some of the tips above to have the best group interview.

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