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September 13, 2010

How To Handle The Group
Interview Like a Pro

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Handling The Group Interview Like a Pro

By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of " The Job Interview Secret"

You may feel comfortable meeting with one interviewer. But then you're called in for a panel or group interview. Your palms grow moist and your head spins. It may feel as though people are ganging up on you. But that's not the case at all. A group or panel interview is one way the employer or hiring manager can share the responsibility for making hiring decisions. Such an interview may work for you rather than against you. For example, if one person is uncertain, others may speak up for you, resulting in a change in perspective that could lead to a job offer.

Engage the Interviewers

When a question comes your way, respond to that individual, but make eye contact with the others too. The more each person feels included, the better your chances of making a favorable impression. Notice how the panel or group members get along with one another, as well. Is there a nice, easy fellowship, or do you detect a competitive spirit?

Consider What You Really Want

Of course it's important to know the company, so find out all that you can before the group interview, but then think about what you need, the kind of organization you see as a good fit for your skills and personality, and if the mix displayed by the panel is one you can live with. Just because you're offered a job doesn't mean you have to accept it. Be sure that what you're looking for is what you see in this environment.

Follow Up With a Thank You

Before you leave, ask for business cards from the panel members and send a thank you note to each one. At the very least, send a thank you to the person who arranged the interview.

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