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while in interviews, in general, singel candidate is been called .... just to evaluate him and analyse him for getting right person for right job... recently while working on my project . ... i was with my trainner or say hr manager .. n production manager n i observed the following stuff....

The Group Interview

Interviewing simultaneously with other candidates can be disconcerting, but it provides the company with a sense of your leadership potential and style. The group interview helps the company get a glimpse of how you interact with peers-are you timid or bossy, are you attentive or do you seek attention, do others turn to you instinctively, or do you compete for authority? The interviewer also wants to view what your tools of persuasion are: do you use argumentation and careful reasoning to gain support or do you divide and conquer? The interviewer might call on you to discuss an issue with the other candidates, solve a problem collectively, or discuss your peculiar qualifications in front of the other candidates.

This environment might seem overwhelming or hard to control, but there are a few tips that will help you navigate the group interview successfully:

• Observe to determine the dynamics the interviewer establishes and try to discern the rules of the game. If you are unsure of what is expected from you, ask for clarification from the interviewer.

• Treat others with respect while exerting influence over others.

• Avoid overt power conflicts, which will make you look uncooperative and immature.

• Keep an eye on the interviewer throughout the process so that you do not miss important cues.

The Tag-Team Interview

Expecting to meet with Ms. Glenn, you might find yourself in a room with four other people: Ms. Glenn, two of her staff, and the Sales Director. Companies often want to gain the insights of various people when interviewing candidates. This method of interviewing is often attractive for companies that rely heavily on team cooperation. Not only does the company want to know whether your skills balance that of the company, but also whether you can get along with the other workers. In some companies, multiple people will interview you simultaneously. In other companies, you will proceed through a series of one-on-one interviews.

so now if any opinions or suggestions !!

its welcomed !



From United States, Fort Worth
Hi Pritam,
But how do you conduct a group interview? Do you ask a question to the group in general and assess the person who answeres it first,
or you ask same/ different questions to all of the members in the group individually and assess them. ??
I am not quite clear with the idea of Group interview.
Could you please explain. ?

From India, New Delhi
in such type of interviews two or more than two persons are called for
and simultaneously they are questioned ; here what the parameters are juged on the basis of good listing abalities, apptitude, confidence, leadership skills etc ....
yes u can say its more of psychological game but at the same timme aptitude is considered more......
basically its a sort of interview tool n is applicable where intervieees are more in no. n panel has to short list in less of the time.. it provides a fine glance......

From United States, Fort Worth
It appears that you are referring to a Group Discussion. This takes place along the lines you have described, looking for competencies like leadership, clarity in communication, influencing skills and so on.
As far as I understand, there is nothing like a Group Interview. However, there is also a Panel Interview wherein one candidate is interviewed by more than 1 interviewer at the same time. eg. I had attended a panel interview where there were 4 people, and another where there were 7.
It is a little disconcerting and intimidating, and the most difficult thing to do is keep your nerve and answer without stuttering.
Hope this helps.

From India, Mumbai
in a GD, unless and until things get, like, really out of hand, the interviewer dsnt intervene,
hwever in a Group Interview, which would normally be a many to many types - as in there would normally be more than two interviewers and more than two candidates
so, the process that would follow would entail, a question answer session, wherein the interviewer would most probably try and access all the candidates on similar questions
i believe dis is the way a Group Interview would normally go!!!

From India
You know, this group interview thing reminds me of a fish market :D
It would be chaotic, to say the least, to obtain sufficient useful information about the candidate.
Can anyone tell me which industries would use this and what kind of positions would be assessed in this form of interviewing?

From India, Mumbai
Hi Everyone,
Group interviews and tag team interviews are accepted modes of interview;not to be confused with types of interview. Please do not confuse group interviews with group discusions. They have different purpose.
In panel interviews the panel is invariably pre positioned. In Tag team interviews you may find different interviewers enjoining or aborting the panel mid-course.
I am glad this topic has been brought up;it will clear a lot of fog.You should not be surprised if you come across these very fine modes of interview.

From India, Delhi
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