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Chapter 2. Types of Interviews > The Group Interview

The Group Interview

For some individuals, a group interview is the most frightening meeting imaginable. With one interviewer, you can concentrate on making eye contact, getting comfortable, and making small talk. When you are interviewed by three, five, or even more people, you’ll constantly be aware of all those eyes watching you as you speak, which may make you more self-conscious about what you’re saying and how you’re saying it.

If you’re going to be meeting with a group of people, you’ll probably be told ahead of time by a representative of the company. This will give you time to prepare mentally for it. You will prepare just as you would for any other interview, but with the knowledge that you may not be asked questions in a logical sequence as you would if you were with one individual. The questions and comments may be unrelated to each other, which can easily derail your train of concentration. Another problem is that, while you may get signs of encouragement with one interviewer, with a group you may get what seem to be signs of uncertainty and indifference.


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