Conducting a Group Interview

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This article provides a guide to help you to conduct a group interview for a role that you have advertised for. It assumes that you have already performed all of the normal steps prior to a standard interview, including a phone screening interview, prior to inviting the candidate to the group interview.

 

Why a Group Interview

A group interview is an excellent method depending on the role you are recruiting for and the culture of the business. It can conserve time and it forces the candidate to step out of their comfort zone and be prepared to do things “your way”. It also allows you to observe how each candidate acts when other candidates are speaking.

It allows the candidates to better understand the culture of the business and, because of the time effectiveness, you can also more easily involve your existing team members in the interview process.

The goal of the group interview is to introduce applicants to your organisation, letting them know what their role will be in the organisation as well as how this role fits into the organisation on the whole – and most importantly to determine whether they best suit the needs of your business.

 

Size of the Group Interview

We recommend between 5-7 candidates be invited to the interview. This will allow for enough interaction between the participants but still be manageable. Also remember that because of the format, not everyone that you invite may turn up.

 

Group Interview Agenda

The outline below is based on a start time of 6pm. However, the time is totally up to you and the interview can be effectively run during normal working hours.

 

6:00     Greet and welcome making sure everyone is in attendance

6:05     Owner / facilitator to outline the format for the interview

6:10     Owner shares the business Vision, Mission and Culture of Company – where it has come from and where it is going.

6:20     Owner outlines the job role and importance to the business goals

6:25     Candidates introduce themselves to the rest of the group

6:35     Owner / facilitator asks group questions

7:00     Candidates complete written questionnaire

7:15     Finish and let candidates know that they will be contacted in the next day or two

 

Example Group Interview Questions

Below are some general questions that can be asked of the potential team members. These questions can be modified for the specific requirements of the role.

 

Each person must answer each question in turn. Make notes on the interview sheet.

  1. What type of jobs have you been applying for, and why?
  2. What are you looking for in a job, and why?
  3. What is the main thing that attracted you to this role?
  4. What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years?
  5. What car is most similar to you as a person, and why?
  6. What stresses you out?
  7. Who do you think is the best candidate in the room, and why?
    (Alternatively… Why do you think you would be good for this role and our business?)

 

After the Group Interview

Once you have reviewed all of your notes and narrowed it down to one or two people you will need to go through your standard reference checking process. We also recommend that you conduct a DISC personality assessment to ensure that the candidate is a fit for the requirements of the role.

DISC is a personality profiling tool that uses a simple online test to create a profile of the candidate. It is an objective way to check that the person is a fit for the requirements of the role and also a fit with your management style and the team dynamics. Please refer to our separate article on DISC.

 

Interview Notes and Questionnaire

Click here to access out full guide which contains the following documents that you can use during the group interview:

  • Interview Notes sheet – print out a copy for each candidate for each interviewer / team member to take notes on each candidate.
  • Question Response sheet – print out one copy and capture each candidates answers on this sheet
  • Candidate Questionnaire – print out a questionnaire for each candidate to complete as part of the interview process.

 

Need More Information?

Please contact Anil Puri at our office or directly by email (anil@ninepillars.com.au) if you would like further information or assistance with this process.

 

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